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2 September, 2020

Skyrail re-opens this weekend

After closing in May due to the downturn in domestic and international tourism one of Far North Queensland’s most iconic attractions will reopen in time for the upcoming Queensland school holiday.

By Phil Brandel

Skyrail re-opens this coming weekend

Skyrail will reopen each Saturday and Sunday from September 5 and also Thursday to Sunday inclusive during the upcoming school holidays.

General Manager, Mr Richard Berman-Hardman said “The past five months have been the most challenging period our family-owned business has ever endured, and it’s been particularly stressful for our staff,” he said

“Though we are grateful for the Job Keeper scheme and assistance we’ve received from the Queensland Government, unfortunately, we haven’t received the level of financial support needed to enable us to open more than a couple of days each week, for now.

“Opening makes no real commercial sense as we won’t be making a profit for some time but the symbolism of reopening Skyrail is vital for our team and for the wider community.”

In preparation for the reopening of Skyrail, a COVID-Safe plan has been developed.  New check-in, ticketing and queuing measures will also be rolled out to ensure social distancing.

“The thinking and resources we’ve deployed and the lengths we’ve gone to deal with COVID-19 are extensive, unambiguous and first-rate. Everyone visiting Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and the ancient rain-forest will feel very, very safe,” Richard Berman-Hardman said.

“We are understandably nervous about the future of the whole industry here in Cairns but, for now, we are Good to Go and excited to open the doors and welcome everyone back to the ancient rainforest.”

Mr Berman-Hardman said that Skyrail’s staff are eager to welcome back Cairns locals and North Queensland residents. “Hopeful holidaymakers from other COVID safe parts of Queensland and Australia will supply enough tourists to ensure the business can remain open on a limited basis until trading conditions improve.”

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