Category: Victoria

State News: Victoria


Veganism is getting the crowds in

Editorial

Veganism is often considered a hippy pursuit. But the results are in – visitors, especially city people visiting regional towns – love options, and Castlemaine in Victoria is attracting crowds based on its animal-friendly practises. Nikki Medwell, pictured above, is able to run an animal shelter on the funds raised by her vegan B&B. Continue reading

Penalty rate change coming from the top

Editorial

After years of umming and ahhing on penalty rates, the Federal government have put the issue of penalty rates back on the table. Whilst unions are of course against any retraction of rates, the Productivity Commission pooh-poohed evidence presented by the Australian Hotels Association as lacking substance. Continue reading

Train drivers hit Vic gov on Grand Final Day

Editorial

The Rail Train and Bus Union are hitting the Victorian government’s transport department where it hurts – lost income on Grand Final Day. Rather than interrupting services, the union plans for its workers to just not check tickets and not drive trains with non-working headlights and PA systems. Continue reading

Penalty rate argument hits fever pitch

Editorial

The proponents for and against penalty rates were out swinging Tuesday after the Easter 2015 long weekend, particularly in Victoria where Melbourne’s retail precincts were, for the first time, closed to shopping tourists after the Victorian government gazetted Easter Sunday as a public holiday. In NSW and the ACT, a business group produced posters apologising for holiday closures forced by penalty rates, whilst Queensland, heavily dependent on tourism and hospitality, continues to look at South Australia’s landmark industrial relations changes to rates brought on just a few months ago. The aggregated stories here are listed in reverse chronological order, and the South Australian deal is included. Continue reading

Extra Vic holidays drive operators into the ground

Editorial

Victorian tourism and hospitality operators are screaming over the gazetting of two extra public holidays in Victoria this year. Victorian Opposition leader Matthew Guy says many operators simply will not open this Easter due to the increased wage pressure on small businesses. But it’s not just small businesses that suffer – the famous De Bortoli Wines, pictured, headquartered in the Yarra Valley, say they will need to decrease services this Easter long weekend. Easter Sunday is one thing, but incredibly the Victorian government has also gazetted a brand new holiday this year – ‘Grand Final Eve’. Continue reading

Resources, Energy and What Now?

Editorial

Former federal Minister for Tourism Martin Ferguson is now a lobbyist for the oil and gas industries. Ferguson has come into the limelight in late March 2015 as the Labor party seek to expel him after he supported the NSW Liberal party’s key platform – power privatisation. Julia Gillard was a member of ‘The Ferguson Left’ faction – which explains how the insultingly-titled ‘Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism’ was created, and allowed to exist for 6 years. Continue reading

Tas gov to spend $32m on Spirit upgrade

Editorial

The Tasmanian government is spending $32m on an upgrade of the two Spirit of Tasmania ferries – a service that is already cost-prohibitive to most domestic travellers wanting to travel to and from Tasmania from the Australian mainland. Continue reading

Ballarat cycle event attracts 36,000 visitors

Editorial

Like many inland centres, Ballarat, Victoria needed an attraction to get people into town during the baking Australian summer. In January 2015, The Cycling Australia Road Nationals has attracted 36,000 visitors over four days, a figure representing almost 50% of the town’s population. Continue reading

Tragic flaw: Greece claims copyright over 12 Apostles

Editorial

The Greek National Tourism organisation has defended (and claimed copyright over) a tourism advertisement that uses footage of Australia’s Twelve Apostles. The footage is featured immediately after other shots of Greek landscapes, at m/s 5:24 of the video which can be seen here. Continue reading

Lifting the lid on working holiday scams

Editorial

PIC: Haley Patterson and Juliet Jones were victims of Global Travel Work Co. Gold Coast-based Global Travel Work Co. is being investigated by the Queensland government under industrial relations (IR) law. The company sold top-dollar travel packages on the promise of bogus employment ‘opportunities’, so the investigations fall out of Australian Consumer Law (travel) and into IR. The company also has many disgruntled ex-employees willing to stand up in court, and talk to the ABC, about Global’s dodgy sales tactics and processes. Continue reading

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