Greetings from Gayleen

– April 2021

All reports from the Tourism sector have been positive with great visitor numbers to the regions over Easter and the school holidays.

The government subsidised flights have helped to keep the flow of visitors strong. The tourism and hospitality sectors have been caught a bit off guard with the tremendous influx of tourists. While it has been fantastic, tourism businesses are desperate for staff with the void created by the absence of backpackers and OS students remaining unfilled, so please be kind to them if your service is not quite 100%.

It will be interesting to see the local and regional numbers for unemployment with the end of Jobkeeper. Let us hope the impact is not as devastating as was predicted with the increase in economic activity. Statistics show strong regional population growth, which helps with economic growth and directly creates excellent  employment opportunities including in the construction and health sectors.

How about all this rain! Just when we all thought the wet season was over, it has been a boost for the dams and the farmers with good rains falling in some of the drought regions. Tinaroo Dam is now 88% and Burdekin Falls Dam is at 105% which is great news as we go into the dry season.

We forecast growth and employment opportunities in Government, Health, Construction and Marine with jobs available across broad skill sets and employment categories. 

We welcome our new staff member, Debbie Bouvard to the team. Debbie has a strong background in business management, marketing, and administration. She will support the team and our clients and manage the administration of Precruitment. We say goodbye and thank you to Kat who is moving back to Sydney, we wish you every success.

I hope you enjoyed Anzac Day and had the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices our armed forces have made during conflicts over many years, past and present. Colin and I commemorated at the Trinity Beach dawn service. It was thundering down with rain but that did not deter a huge turnout. We were impressed with the school children that made the effort to get up at 4am to attend or to participate in the service with their school choirs, they were terrific. Being a veteran, Colin was able to proudly wear his military medals to pay respect and reflect on his personal experiences and losses of people he served with and fought against.  Lest we forget.

Gayleen