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SURVEY RESULTS: QUEENSLAND BORDER IMPACT

Monday, 14 September 2020

1. 66% of respondents agreed the Queensland border should remain closed.

2. 69% indicated they believed border closure as an overall method for controlling the number of cases of COVID 19 in Queensland was either very important or extremely important.

3. 40% of businesses have felt some level of negative impact on their business and 20% have felt some level of positive impact on their business.

Once again we thank those who took the time to participate in this survey.

With 99 respondents, in a short space of time we gained a snapshot insight of how business is viewing the Queensland border "open or closed" debate and gained some valuable insight via comment from individual businesses.

We found a 66/33 division in viewpoint on the border closure - with 66% in favour of the border remaining closed.

By far, the greatest challenge for business has been the reduction in tourism for 38% of respondents - the next biggest challenge has been difficulty in staying connected with customers, at 18%.

With 40% of business indicating some level of impact on business,significantly 37% of respondents indicated that border closures had changed the way they are distributing products or services. This could indicate a long term shift in how business operates.

We received a variety of comments and feedback from 50% of respondents which provided insight in to the individual experiences. Business expressed considerable distruption to business plans with a need to change strategy, a questioning of the political intent in border closure, along with affirmation of the border closure to protect people. An average of 60 days was seen as a realistic and viable time-frame for re-opening the Queensland border.

We thank all respondents for their participation and feedback. Drawing from our network for feedback, input, and relevant information enables us to stay