Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Western Victorian Sporting and Community Clubs during COVID

Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (12:52): My question is to the Treasurer. My region of Western Victoria, like most of regional Victoria, has been battling through the COVID-19 pandemic. The recent cancellation of the 2021 Rip Curl Pro event at Bells Beach and the 2021 Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic were the latest heavy blows to the local economy and morale. The snap lockdown has thrown many lives into chaos. Casual workers in Western Victoria who rely on weekend shifts and penalty rates will simply not be paid. Tourism and accommodation businesses have lost another five days of trading, two being over the weekend. Residents in Western Victoria are resilient people and will continue to work together to overcome the current crisis, but support will be needed. Community and sporting clubs that had paid for and organised events and fundraisers will be out of pocket. I personally know of a number of events where they had paid for their catering and the like to support fundraisers. Ironically and cruelly, they will now be worse off than when they first starting planning for fundraisers and community events. My question to the Treasurer is: what funding and reimbursement opportunities will be available to sporting and community clubs in Western Victoria who had spent money to raise funds for their respective clubs only to be unable to go ahead due to the snap lockdown?


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