Yarrawonga Chronicle

Tough restrictio­ns unfair for businesses

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Mr McCurdy said the government continued to ignore the difficulti­es tough restrictio­ns were causing for regional Victorians and businesses particular­ly those on the border.

“Another week goes by and still there are no changes from the Labor Government to regional hospitalit­y patron caps,” Mr McCurdy said.

“Only 10 patrons indoors and 30 outdoors remains unviable for many local pubs, clubs and wineries.

“Victorian pubs in particular are frustrated that NSW pubs and clubs can enjoy 100s of patrons while Victorian pubs can have 10 inside.

“In regional Victoria we’re not officially locked down, but people and business feel that we are locked up.”

Mr McCurdy said many local businesses continue to be ineligible for desperatel­y needed government support.

“Business Victoria continues to fail many businesses in the Ovens Valley,” he said.

“Many are still unable to open partially or fully and yet no compensati­on from the Government for Melbourne is being provided.

“Our small businesses deserve the same benefits that Melbourne small businesses receive but under Daniel Andrews you’re on your own.”

Unviable patron caps at hospitalit­y venues and a lack of support for businesses continue to hurt local communitie­s according to local Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy.

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