WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Chris Rodwell says the state’s reopening date comes as “such a relief” for businesses who have been “doing it a little tough”.
It comes as Premier Mark McGowan announced on Monday that February 5 will be the date the state reopens its border to the rest of the nation.
“Obviously, the WA economy performed ok, but there’s certain sectors that haven’t performed so well, and that’s been difficult for them,” Mr Rodwell told Sky News Australia.
He said he hoped targeted lockdowns would be used as a “real last measure” in Western Australia if ever needed.
Mr Rodwell also said there is “no doubt” certain parts of the tourism industry benefitted from the state’s hard border and have done “extremely well”.
“But ultimately, many in the tourism sector aren’t doing so well, and events and hospitality are really struggling.
“The other thing that they’ve all been constrained by is skill shortages, really difficult…so hopefully we’ll alleviate that.
“WA relies much more than most other states on that international skilled migration; it’s a really important part of our economy.”