Through my question, I ask the ‘Minister for the Coordination of Jobs, Precincts and Regions COVID-19’ what future support, if any, will the Government be providing specifically to the devastated hospitality sector in Northern Victoria?

I ask that as I continue to hear countless stories of distress from across the industry (particularly pub, club and restaurant owners and employees) about the crippling impact of the ongoing coronavirus restrictions.  For many in my electorate, even the recent exemptions for limited and/or outdoor service remain nowhere near enough to offset the employment impact and the thousands of dollars of losses they sustain for every week the restrictions remain.

I should add that those representations include contact from Paul Byrne, the Club Managers’ Association of Australia’s Victorian President, who says even the hospitality industry’s not-for-profit establishments have been left to (quote) “burn and die”.