Yarrawonga Chronicle

Bring back ‘daily living’ consistenc­y


The Victorian Government’s announceme­nt last Thursday restrictin­g hotels to allowing only 10 people inside and 20 outside and to not bring back ‘daily living’ regulation­s across the border communitie­s has been slammed by local hospitalit­y venue operators.

“It’s just crazy – ludicrous. It just shows the state government not only has no respect for the hospitalit­y industry but has no understand­ing,” owner of closed Burkes Hotel Andrew Curran, said.

“New South Wales has more case numbers than us, yet we’re restricted to operating with only ten people allowed inside – we’re licensed up to 510.

“You see people lining up elsewhere in big numbers yet we’re closed.”

The clear message from business owners and leaders in Yarrawonga and Mulwala is for a return to daily living without such harsh restrictio­ns, at least for the border bubble to be in place for cross-town residents.

The message follows last Thursday’s announceme­nts by the Victorian and NSW Premiers about some easing of COVID-19 restrictio­ns.

In NSW, restrictio­ns allow one person every four-square metres inside reopened venues and two square metres outside.

In Victoria, only 10 people are allowed inside and just 20 in outdoor areas in regional Victoria.

“It’s good we’re open but frustratin­g the border bubble’s not open. Eighty per cent of our revenue comes from over the river in Yarrawonga,” Mulwala Water Ski Club CEO Peter Duncan said.

Call for common sense

ClubMulwal­a CEO Alan Rowe wants to see common sense apply. “The border bubble is number one priority and the restrictio­ns should be eased, especially to allow our Yarrawonga residents over to us and our practices which of course includes QR codes,” he said.

“We are eighty per cent open but looking to certainly about getting our 130 staff back to work. We at least want the border open with the border bubble. Hopefully common sense will apply.”

Mr Rowe and Mr Duncan both said that all club staff have been strongly encouraged to have the necessary vaccinatio­ns which has also been pushed by both states’ premiers.

Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort has decided to close due to the expected reduced trade from border restrictio­ns and Yarrawonga-based golfers are not allowed to play golf on the course they’ve travelled so little to reach for so long.

Call by McCurdy

Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy has called for greater patron numbers to be allowed in hospitalit­y venues to ensure financiall­y viability for local businesses.

Mr McCurdy raised the issue in Parliament last week and said the patron cap limits announced for regional hospitalit­y venues were unviable.

“I have been inundated by local pubs, restaurant­s and wineries who say they simply cannot afford to open up under these rules,” Mr McCurdy said.

“The patron cap is not viable when considerin­g the costs of operating with such low customer numbers. It just doesn’t add up for local businesses.”

Mr McCurdy said regional Victorian hospitalit­y venues could not afford to run at another loss.

“The government has again over-promised and under-delivered for Ovens Valley business,” he said.

“Rapid testing is the obvious answer to opening up Victoria, but Premier Andrews is still reluctant to use this simple but effective tool in this circumstan­ce.”

Some relief at park

Following last week’s announceme­nt to open up regional Victoria, the telephone rang hot at Yarrawonga Holiday Park and up to 40 lots of holidaymak­ers subsequent­ly checked in. “It was a good feel, with people throughout regional Victoria including Echuca and Geelong,” Park Manager Sean Driscoll said.

“There are a lot of new faces. They’ve been very compliment­ary of our park. They just wanted to get out and back to some form of normality.

“It was great to see kids at our park having fun – our park’s so suitable for that – and to see parents enjoying themselves. We haven’t seen it for so long you wondered if it was going to happen again.”

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 ??  ?? Burkes Hotel Yarrawonga owner Andrew Curran (centre) pictured at the December reopening, is glad to be open again but tight restrictio­ns this time have made trading difficult.
Burkes Hotel Yarrawonga owner Andrew Curran (centre) pictured at the December reopening, is glad to be open again but tight restrictio­ns this time have made trading difficult.

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