My constituency question is to the Minister for Regional Development.

Through it, I seek her information and advice to our shared constituents in Northern Victoria on the full extent of the economic and social damage that has been inflicted on our electorate throughout the early months of
2020 – first, as a result of the terrible bushfires and, more recently, the COVID-19 restrictions.

In particular, I ask the Minister if she could provide me with whatever data might be available on the impact on individual towns.

Especially given there are so many in Northern Victoria (such as Corryong, Bright, Myrtleford and Beechworth to name only a few) that are experiencing a devastating, sustained downturn not only because of the bushfires but also the subsequent COVID-19 related decline of business activity, not least in our small business sector and our tourism and hospitality industries.