Council declares short-term key-worker accommodation crisis

first_imgCouncil declares short-term key-worker accommodation crisis Council last night declared a short-term key-worker accommodation crisis in the Surf Coast Shire, following a motion of intent by Cr Gary Allen on 5 May 2021.The tourist hotspot of Lorne was used as a case study for the region, showcasing the effects of a high turnover of staff, a lack of international backpacker and student workforce (95% of Lorne’s seasonal workforce) and lack of suitable accommodation as drivers of the crisis.“Businesses are being forced to reduce their hours of trading, and in one case a business had to close over a weekend, due to a lack of staff, which is affecting the reputation of Lorne,” said Cr Allen. “It’s a location known for fine dining, but this is in jeopardy as experienced chefs can’t find accommodation.”One business in Lorne said the nearest accommodation option for staff is in Armstrong Creek, which also has high demand and prices. It’s not viewed as a long-term option given the late hours in hospitality and the long commute time.Cr Allen called for a coordinated approach involving the Council, local community, the G21, Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority and the Victorian Government in order to explore short-term solutions. He called on the Victorian Government to be on the front foot and to use the Surf Coast Shire as a pilot project to develop a mid to long-term strategy to addresses what he sees as a nation-wide problem.Following the declaration, Councillors will now develop an action plan to support the response and recovery activities for Lorne businesses, as well as others across Surf Coast Shire that have been adversely affected by the lack of key-worker accommodation.“If this is the situation today, imagine the problem over the summer period,” said Cr Allen. “I thank my fellow Councillors for their support and I look forward to working through the possible response from Council.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:armstrong, backpacker, business, community, council, crisis, Government, local council, Lorne, ocean, pilot, project, Student, study, Surf Coast, Surf Coast Shire, Victoria, workforcelast_img

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