AFL hol­i­day ac­cepted

Cham­ber pres­i­dent says Grand Fi­nal hol­i­day has pos­i­tives and neg­a­tives

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BY JUSTIN JENVEY jjen­vey@ne­me­

BRIGHT and Dis­trict Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Ru­pert Shaw says lo­cal busi­ness own­ers have come to ac­cept the AFL Grand Fi­nal pub­lic hol­i­day.

The new­est pub­lic hol­i­day in Vic­to­ria falls on the Fri­day pre­ced­ing the big­gest foot­ball game of the year.

It was in­tro­duced in in 2016 with much op­po­si­tion par­tic­u­larly from those out­side of Mel­bourne who couldn’t see any­thing pos­i­tive in hav­ing a hol­i­day for a pa­rade that only takes place in the city.

“From a busi­ness per­spec­tive it’s a pos­i­tive and a neg­a­tive,” Mr Shaw said.

“The pos­i­tive when it’s not com­bined with the school hol­i­days like it is this year is that peo­ple come to Bright a day early.

“The neg­a­tive for busi­nesses is that that have to pay penalty rates or they might not even open be­cause of that.”

“If you’re not a tourism busi­ness or work­ing in of­fice job you get no ben­e­fit from it but Bright is a tourist town so there’s loads of ben­e­fit for a lot of us.”

Mr Shaw said it was good that the hol­i­day brought peo­ple to the area for three days rather than two.

“It’s a good ex­cuse to spend three days in beau­ti­ful Bright so it prob­a­bly draws a few more young cou­ples or out­door types like bike rid­ers and run­ners be­cause of the ex­tra day and the nice weather,” he said.

Mean­while, ahead of a busy cou­ple of weeks, emer­gency ser­vices are re­mind­ing peo­ple to take care es­pe­cially around wa­ter af­ter a young boy avoided in­jury when he fell more than five me­tres in the Ovens River on Sun­day.

The boy and some friends were rid­ing along a walk­ing track ad­ja­cent to Cen­te­nary Park on the Back Ger­man­town Road when he clipped a tree and fell down an em­bank­ment into the river.

Bright SES mem­ber Mar­cus Warner said the boy was lucky to es­cape un­in­jured.

“He prob­a­bly fell about seven me­tres into the wa­ter, it was op­po­site the Big4 Hol­i­day Park so there was a crowd of peo­ple who saw it and a cou­ple of peo­ple that dived in and swam across to help,” Mr Warner said.

“We re­sponded but by the time we got there the boy was al­ready out and with paramedics who checked to make sure he didn’t have any spinal in­juries.

“It was lucky that where he fell was quite deep be­cause on ei­ther side it was a lot shal­lower.”

“He was al­right and was hope­fully able to fish his bike off the bot­tom.”

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