Holiday’s big hit hurts
THERE is hardly a better time in Melbourne than footy finals in spring. It’s even better for Cats, Crows and Giants fans. But it’s especially good for Richmond supporters who had waited 16 years for a finals win.
Sweet relief from a 37-year premiership drought could be just around the corner for the Tiger army.
And if the Crows and Giants are knocked out this weekend, it would make for an all-Victorian Richmond v Geelong Grand Final.
Melburnians relish the build-up to what is arguably the biggest event on our state’s calendar. But not everyone is looking forward to the Grand Final long weekend.
Victoria’s third Grand Final Eve public holiday on Friday, September 29, is set to cost our economy $1.2 billion, according to the Australian Industry Group.
The business leader argues it’s a cost Australia can’t afford.
The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry wants the holiday scrapped.
Penalty rates and a lack of customers forced three-quarters of the 500 businesses surveyed by the VECCI to close on the first Grand Final public holiday. VECCI also found that just 12 per cent of the businesses that opened made a profit.
To many Victorians, especially business owners, the Andrews Government’s holiday experiment has proven too expensive. Especially in a state battling unemployment.
The government has defended the day off, saying it’s as a chance for people to spend time with their families and to attend the Grand Final Parade.
But is that a good enough reason for a $1.2 billion hit to our state?