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September 29, 2020
In this issue
Canberra eases event restrictions
Victoria’s penguin economy takes a big hit
Victorian industry pushes government for support
Come back plan: PARKROYAL Parramatta
 
 
Canberra eases event restrictions
 
Last week the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government released its COVID Safe Event Protocol, a move representing a positive step towards the recovery of the business events sector. The protocol follows the ACT deciding to re-open its borders to South Australia and Queensland, and to re-open its airport seven days a week from October 3, 2020.
 
Key changes include the removal of the two-hour time limit for events; the removal of the 100-person cap; permission to hold events both indoors and outdoors; and the division of events into three categories: Class A (low risk, under 100-pax), Class B (medium risk, 101-500 pax, must apply for exemption) and Class C (high risk, 500+ pax, must apply for exemption and develop Risk Management Plan in addition to a COVID Safe Event Plan).
 
Canberra has also made social distancing and contact tracing technology available free of charge to delegates.
 
To find out more about the ACT’s COVID Safe Event Protocol, click here. 
Victoria’s penguin economy takes a big hit
 
By Graeme Kemlo
 
Phillip Island invested $58.3 million developing its foreshore Penguin Parade facilities to host 3000 people a night to watch hundreds of little penguins waddle up the beach into their sandhill burrows. But COVID-19 closed it.
 
Kim Storey of Destination Phillip Island says penguins are the major attraction for the island’s 2.6 million visitors and even though restrictions were eased this week, only 150 people a night can attend. More than 770,000 viewers tuned into a livestream of the penguins one-night last month.
 
Continue reading here. 
Victorian industry pushes government for support
 
By Brad Foster
 
The Victorian business event sector has taken matters into its own hands to reignite the sector, with more than 1400 people now showing their support for a recent industry-led initiative.
 
Manager of Leading Voice, Carson White, said creation of the Do Gooder web page in which supporters are encouraged to email their local Members of Parliament asking them to help “save Victorian events” was initiated following an article in The Age in which Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg talked about the need to support the hardest hit industries.
 
Continue reading here. 
Come back plan: PARKROYAL Parramatta
 
We bet the team at PARKROYAL Parramatta is cheering about the recent easing of NSW’s event restrictions. With 300-pax corporate gatherings having been given the green light, we’re positive the hotel will get some exciting events in its books in the lead up to Christmas.
 
A while ago we had a chat with PARKROYAL Parramatta’s meetings and events manager, Erin Vaiotu, about what her team has been up to this year.
 
You can read her responses here. 
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