Border openings showing in the Google Mobility data

The long grind back to something approaching ‘normal’ continues. The latest Google Mobility data to 6th Dec shows a steady improvement across all States in recent weeks as SA came out of its short lock-down and most State borders opened. WA and QLD lead the recovery with total activity down 5% and 5.5% respectively.

The opening of QLD’s borders can be seen to have given a push to regions such as Cairns, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast where the numbers had been rather stagnating for some months. Cairns ‘Economic Activity’ is now down just 8% from pre-COVID levels (versus 11% a month ago), Sunshine Coast is down just 4% (8% a month ago) while the Gold Coast has recovered to be down 13% (17% a month ago).

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