COVID-19 Updates

A message from our CEO

March 23 2020

On behalf of our Board and the entire team here at Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT), it is with a heavy heart that I watch the affects the COVID-19 crisis is having on the world, and of course the impacts being felt closer to home.

We appreciate that the current challenges facing the business world are unprecedented.

I just wanted to take a moment to let you know what MBRIT is doing to help businesses get through this difficult time, as well as prepare for the other side of this crisis.

Information is Power

Feeling overwhelmed with the everchanging landscape of information, surplus packages, government updates and regulations that are having direct impacts on your business?

You’re not alone!

Right now, information is a powerful tool that can help navigate your through this crisis and understand what help is out there for you and your business.

To assist, MBRIT has compiled a list of available resources and will continue to update this page as more information becomes available -

Facebook Groups

Facebook groups are an effective way for MBRIT to share information and updates as they become available. The groups also allow other businesses and individuals to communicate directly with each other.

All business owners and business leaders are encouraged to join COVID-19 Moreton Bay Business Support & Updates. Please ensure that you complete the questions to be accepted into this group.

Tourism & Hospitality Businesses are encouraged to join Tourism & Hospitality Operators - Moreton Bay Region for updates and information specific to this industry.

If you have anything that you would like to share directly into this group, please send it through to

Tourism Industry -
Employee Assistance Program

Last week, MBRIT announced that we would extend our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to eligible businesses operating within the region’s tourism industry. Many of these businesses are small owner-operators who are already feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 on not just a professional but also a personal and emotional level.

The EAP provides confidential short-term counselling, at no cost to employers and employees and can be accessed for both professional and personal issues, including financial counselling, with these appointments being available over the phone or online via video.

I strongly encourage all tourism businesses to register for this service and let your employees know that this service is available to them at no charge (this also includes staff and/or contractors who have had their employment terminated within the past three months).

To register or for more information -

Marketing Campaigns

At MBRIT, our primary duty of care is for the wellbeing and safety of our entire community. Following advice given from Government and health authorities, we will not be promoting travel of any kind, at this point in time.

However, we will be encouraging people to support their local businesses (within reason and abiding by all restrictions) and will be rolling out a buy-local campaign over the coming weeks. More information will be made available via the above Facebook groups.

When the time is appropriate, and the immediate threat of COVIUD-19 passes, MBRIT will also launch a significant destination campaign targeting the SEQ drive market.

The team at MBRIT are already busy putting the campaign bones together and look forward to sharing the details with you when the time is appropriate.

Get In Touch

Over the weeks ahead, we will be working with businesses one-on-one to perform marketing audits and provide general advice to those who are interested.

Please email to request more information about MBRIT initiatives and how we might be able to support your business.

On behalf of the MBRIT Board and Team, I thank you for your ongoing support and understanding during this unprecedented time.

Yours sincerely,

Shane Newcombe
CEO, Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism

For further information or media enquiries:

Belinda Boyce
Ph: 07 3897 4901
Mob: 0411 543 356

Further Reading

Tourism Industry - Employee Assistance Program
Redcliffe Festival of Sails Cancelled
Visitor Information Centres Closed

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