In my last report for the newsletter, I was in a somewhat celebratory mood, welcoming the easing of the COVID-19 restrictions – those celebrations proved to be not only somewhat premature but rather short-lived! This has been the source of great disappointment to all of us – what I had hoped would provide us with some certainty for the future has now been replaced by more uncertainty. I myself feel frustrated at my powerlessness to change anything. However, at the same time I am reassured that, bad as it may seem to us, we in the Yarra Valley are in a much better situation than many people around the country and within Victoria.
Despite all this, I still remain confident about the future. Whilst Victoria has received and continues to receive flak over our current situation, and may be deserving of some criticism, I do believe that the state government is making the “right moves”. I had hoped that the federal government would have taken the opportunity, when it reviewed the Jobkeeper program, to acknowledge the severe damage inflicted on the tourism industry by providing some assurances of support to compensate the industry for the rollback of this scheme. However, I look forward to the time when the restrictions on interstate travel have been lifted – not only to allow us to travel from Melbourne, but also to provide confidence for our interstate customers that it is safe to visit Victoria again.
I continue to encourage you to interact with other TNYV members, particularly those within your business sector, but also with other members to get the best information out there on this ever-changing situation that we all face. Please do not hesitate to contact myself or any of the committee members, if you feel that we can be of any assistance.
I hope to see you all again soon.