Cost of living pressures cut Gold Coast jobs

11 Mar 2011 9:02 AMJann Stuckey

11 March 2011

Cost of living pressures and low tourism figures have forced Gold Coast businesses to put off staff or close their doors, the LNP said today.

Shadow Minister for Job Creation and Small Business Jann Stuckey said recent job figures, which showed unemployment figures on the Gold Coast had tripled in the past three years, highlighted the need to do everything possible to save and create new jobs.

“The Gold Coast has been very lucky and escaped the terrible floods and cyclones that have devastated parts of the state, but we are now seeing people struggling to find work here in Australia’s sixth largest city,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Gold Coast businesses have experienced weak trading conditions with the hospitality, manufacturing and retail sectors bearing the brunt of job cuts.

“On top of the low tourism figures, Gold Coast residents are tightening their belts because of rising cost of living pressures.

“This is not surprising when businesses and their customers continue to be whacked with a raft of higher taxes and charges, including power, water and fuel bills, licence fees and the highest vehicle registration charges in the nation.

“These taxes and charges are a direct result of Labor’s debt and it is killing employment opportunities on the Gold Coast.”

Ms Stuckey said a recent electorate survey showed that cost of living pressures was the number one concern of Currumbin residents.

“With rising water bills, electricity, car costs and petrol it’s no surprise there is less money to spend on dinners in restaurants, outings or shopping trips.

“Now more than ever it is important that Gold Coast residents think about where their money is going. They should buy local and support local businesses as much as possible.”
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