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Region Prepares for Return of Visitors

Clunes Market earlier this year. Photo eCommunity Press.

Hepburn Shire Council is consulting with local businesses to prepare for the relaxation of travel restrictions within Victoria.

Hepburn Shire Council CEO Evan King said Council and businesses must be ready for when restrictions ease and tourists return to the Shire from metropolitan areas, whenever that is and whatever shape that takes.

“Last time we came out of lockdown our part of the world remained a very popular place to visit and stay, especially for people from Melbourne,” Mr King said.

“while we are excited to see out visitors return and stimulate our local economy by pumping money into our local businesses and employers, we need to do all we can to get that balance right and keep our Shire COVID safe.”

Mr King added that this balance is what Council is talking to local businesses about in the lead up to the relaxation of travel restrictions.

“We remember what Vincent St in Daylesford looked like back in June when thousands of visitors came to eat, play and stay in our Shire,” he said.

“It was difficult to maintain adequate social distancing, which is vital to helping keep everyone safe – this time, plans created in conjunction with the local businesses who are directly affected will be in place to manage potential crowds.””

“A survey has been sent out to businesses in CBDs of Clunes, Creswick, Daylesford and Trentham and Council will be talking to businesses and business associations in other parts of the Shire as more becomes known about State Government’s plan to reopen the State.”

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