Shoalhaven News

Calls for tourism lifeline


There are calls for more Government support for tourism operators on the South Coast that will be impacted by the Victorian border closure.

During the bushfires an enormous amount of visitor revenue dropped off.

This has been made even worse by COVID19.

Shadow Minister for Investment and Tourism Jenny Aitchison fears the closure of the border will be the final nail in the coffin for many tourism operators.

She issued the following statement:

“First the busy summer trade was lost because of bushfires, then COVID-19 restrictions kept tourists away at Easter. I’m worried the necessary closure of the Victorian border could be the final nail in the coffin for many tourism operators and the towns that rely on them.

“This is an economic crisis that can’t be ignored. Labor has previously called for an intensive marketing campaign but that won’t be enough anymore. Tourism operators need a financial lifeline to survive, especially if tighter restrictions are reinstated to help stop the spread.

“We are all in this together. Labor supports the Premier’s decision to close the border but she must not forget those who are most impacted by this decision.”