A financial support package from the State Government will help alleviate the pain facing Mornington Peninsula tourism operators as a result of the latest COVID-19 lockdown, says Mayor Sam Hearn.
The initiative for such businesses as motels, caravan parks and holiday home operators will help cover the revenue they lost after residents of Melbourne’s lockdown postcodes cancelled their bookings on the Peninsula.
“Our businesses are struggling at the moment and we appreciate all the support they can get,” Cr Hearn said. “The negative economic impacts of COVID-19 are forecast to be greater for the Mornington Peninsula than for Australia overall, with a predicted 21 per cent fall in gross regional product – much worse than the 6.9 per cent drop forecast for Australia as a whole.”
Cr Hearn said there had already been an 11 per cent drop in employment opportunities in the region.
Under the Government’s Regional Tourism Accommodation Support Program, eligible accommodation providers can apply for up to $225 per booking per night to a maximum of $1125 if they received cancellations from residents who were subject to stay-at-home restrictions.
Regional Development Minister Jaclyn Symes said the payments would help businesses. “It means there’s no reason that refunds should not be paid to families who will now have to stay at home over the holidays.”
Industry Support and Recovery Minister Martin Pakula said the Government was aware the last thing that regional accommodation houses and caravan parks needed was more obstacles after six months of struggle due to the bushfires and COVID-19.
“Lockdowns bring no joy to anyone, but we’re standing with businesses in the regions and the suburbs as we navigate a path to the other side of this crisis.”
For information about the Regional Tourism Accommodation Support Program, visit