More than 7,500 businesses and not-for-profit organisations in the Federal electorate of Wright have benefitted from the JobKeeper program.
Wright MP, Scott Buchholz, was on a visit to some of the organisations which had been able to remain viable due to the job-saving funding.
“It’s great to see the Morrison Government’s $70 billion JobKeeper Payment, which is supporting jobs and businesses across the country, is making an impact right here in the Fassifern.”
One of the places Mr Buchholz visited was the Boonah Golf Club where manager, Joey Worley, said the JobKeeper funding had made it possible to keep the doors open.
“It has been really good having access to the JobKeeper program. When the Coronavirus hit, the Club was looking down the gun barrel of going into hibernation,” Mr Worley said.
“That’s why we were really pleased when the Federal Government announced JobKeeper, because we got access to it, we were able to stay open.
“That meant we were able to keep six people employed. Which is great. That’s great for the club and the community.”
While the initial lockdown period meant the restaurant and bar facilities had to remain closed to customers, staff and a number of club members were far from idle.
“The course remained open and outdoor maintenance continued and indoors we got on with other projects such as the clubhouse renovations, new café area and a modernisation.
“We are very thankful for the program.”
Mr Buchholz added that when the health crisis hit, it induced an economic crisis.
“It was a crisis like many of us have not seen in our lifetime.
“I’m proud that our government stepped up and delivered an unprecedented level of financial support to save millions of jobs and keep families together, businesses in business and preserve the productive capacity of the Australian economy.
“The Boonah Golf Club is just one example of the tangible benefits of that. The Club’s been kept open and six workers employed. That’s a great outcome.”
• The $1,500 per fortnight JobKeeper payment is the equivalent of about 70 percent of the median wage and represents about 100 percent of the median wage in some of the most heavily affected sectors, such as retail, hospitality and tourism.