It’s been a busy week for government with the Federal Budget handed
down on Tuesday (April 2) delivery not inly the usual fiscal items but expected
to form the principal platform for the Coalition’s election campaign.
Small business will particularly welcome tax cuts, higher tax discount
rates and the increased limit to the instant asset write off scheme. We welcome
the announcement of a budget surplus for the first time in a decade and the
massive investment in skills and training.
budget also touched on many key themes that were telegraphed ahead of time,
including housing affordability, pharmacare and seniors’ issues. Whitsunday Coast Chamber will provide more analysis and information on
our website – we will keep you posted.
All eyes now turn to Scott Morrison for an election date announcement. Currently,
it’s predicted the Federal Election will take place on either May 11or May 18.
Which means an election would need to be declared by April 8 or 15th respectively to allow for 33 days of campaigning.
Either way, we will be heading to the polls soon, and the outcome will
have far-reaching repercussions for the Whitsundays, so make your vote count.
Towards that end, Mackay Chamber of Commerce has organised the 2019 Dawson
Debate in Mackay on 11th April. See our website or www.mackayregionchamber.com.au for
more details and tickets – chamber members get discounted rates
Closer to home, there is a lot happening with the imminent reopening of
Daydream Island and, later in the year, Hayman Island, as well as the much
anticipated reopening of the Airlie Beach Hotel and the completion of the
Airlie Foreshore redevelopment.
All this is good news for the region as we head into winter, which is a
key holiday period for people from NSW and Victoria, and also our main events
We have the inaugural Whitsundays
Festival of Motoring, and also the Hamilton Island
Hilly Half Marathon, in May, the Bowen River Rodeo and the Great Whitehaven
Beach Run in June, and the Whitsunday Reef
Festival, Airlie Beach Race
Week Festival of Sailing and Hamilton Island
Race Week, all in August.
Winter is a glorious
time in the Whitsundays and events such as these give visitors another reason
to visit our wonderful region, so well done to all the organisers and
We hope you all have a great
fortnight - please email me directly with ideas and suggestions for Whitsunday Coast Chamber – and if you‘re not already a member, please consider joining our
growing band of businesses - visit www.whitsundaycoastchamber.com.au/join