TODAY the Livingstone Shire Council, located nearly 8 hours drive North of Brisbane, voted to become “pro choice” by rejecting government advice to medically discriminate between who they serve and employ in local businesses.
The Council gathered in an extraordinary council meeting with the sole purpose of sending a message to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk following a passionate meeting attended by over 500 people, a majority of whom were local business owners.
The Shire has achieved a remarkable demonstration of unity and mateship in the face of divisive fear-mongering by the Government. This movement was sparked by a handful of concerned locals who wanted to know what others thought, and got the ball rolling.
Their story in this video can inspire and encourage business owners in every city and shire around our beloved Australia.
The Livingstone Shire Council passed the resolution that:
1. they advise that:
a. several hundred business owners within the Central Queensland region attended a meeting at Yeppoon on Monday 15 November 2021 and expressed strong and unreserved concern about the impacts that the new restrictions will have on business, patrons and employees;
b. vaccination should be an individual’s choice and employers should not be forced to exclude valued employees from the workplace for exercising that choice;
c. these restrictions will hinder Queensland’s economic recovery by not allowing full participation following the re-opening of borders;
d. the restrictions will also hinder business (to the point of closure in some instances) operating at full potential as regional Queensland’s pool of employee candidates will be reduced by the new restrictions;
e. local businesses remain unsure about their obligations and liabilities for employees under Work Health and Safety legislation;
2. Council respectfully requests that the Premier takes the concerns of the business community into account, and reconsiders the decision to introduce restrictions for unvaccinated people from 17 December 2021.