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Farmstays, parks flooded with calls as lockdown ends

Kirsty Perry, manager of the Hosanna Farmstay in the Tweed Valley, said they were excited and ready to take overnight and day visitors.

"We were hoping for this, especially with school holidays coming up, so we've mobilised our team and we're ready to go," she said.

"We had people on all of our platforms begging us to book in." 

Ms Perry said they were only given two hours notice when the state-wide lockdown was announced nearly a month ago.

"We had to walk from campsite to campsite and tell people to pack up and leave while giving them full credit to come back," she said.

"We've had to cancel $100,000 worth of bookings in the last few weeks and heading into school holidays as well."

"We're not a large business, we're family-run and family-owned, and that's a huge thing for us to carry on the back of 12 months having to navigate these situations." 

While Queensland will open its border to essential workers from 1:00am on Monday, Ms Perry wants the border bubble extended to allow other travellers into the region.

"95% of our business comes from over the border, that's already a huge gut punch at the start and then to be locked down for a month on top of that," she said.

"For us to come out of lockdown we're so excited but we've got to get over this Queensland border hurdle for our business to really be able to start to recover."

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Town Green Moorings at Port Macquarie is one of five NSW waterways to benefit from one of the biggest ever programs of fully funded dredging to be carried out by the NSW Government.

 Leslie Williams, Member for Port Macquarie, has announced a total of $6.2 million worth of dredging work will be carried out at Town Green Moorings at Port Macquarie.

“Dredging of the Town Green Channel down to the new public wharves facility will ensure the depth of the channel matches the needs of the vessels along the Town Green Moorings,” Mrs Williams said.

“Dredging will benefit both commercial operators and recreational users in the area.

“Town Green Channel was last dredged in 2019.”

Mrs Williams said NSW Maritime, in its new role overseeing the statewide dredging program, has identified these five priority locations after carrying out investigations and input from local communities. 

“Some waterways are more prone than others to the natural process of sedimentation, in which sand and silt washes downstream and gradually fills channels or berthing areas.

“This can have far-reaching economic impacts for communities which are dependent on local fishing and boating industries.”

Mrs Williams said the dredging work would be made possible with a $6.2 million NSW Government stimulus funding commitment, part of the $205 million allocated to maritime infrastructure and projects.

“In these continuing difficult times, we are doing all we can to help out our coastal communities with the support they need to get on with the job.

“This stimulus package will play a critical role in creating jobs to plan and deliver this infrastructure to assist with the recovery of the state’s economy from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Once further investigation work has been completed, the full program and timeline for the work will be communicated to the local community,” Mrs Williams said.

Media Release From | Leslie Williams, MP.

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