9 Mar 2018

Norfolk United Group says island facing a crisis

10:17 am on 9 March 2018

A new group in Norfolk Island says the island is facing an economic and social crisis.

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Photo: Norfolk Government

The Norfolk United Group, which claims to represent all sectors on the island, says the changes implemented by Australia in the past two years have wrecked Norfolk's tourism based economy.

In July 2016, Canberra removed the island's autonomous government and assumed direct control.

A spokesperson for the group, Rael Donde, from Norfolk's Accommodation and Tourism Association, says one of the things it wants is for the federal government to honour commitments on tourism funding.

"We want assistance in attracting an airline to service the New Zealand market. We want assistance with the transition to minimum wages and award rate wages in Australia because it's causing immense economic hardship for a lot of businesses on the island. Wages have increased in the order of about 40 percent."