Today Melbourne lost a much loved favourite when the annual Moomba Parade was cancelled – the first time in its 66 year history.
Like many other events, a lack of confidence and certainty in the Andrews Labor Government’s management of COVID-19 has seen many exhibitors unwilling to commit to this iconic event – one of the key factors cited by the City Of Melbourne in its decision to pull the pin.
Event organisers in Melbourne and regional Victoria, more and more, are finding it too difficult to run events in our state because of the Premier’s decisions to quickly change the rules or snap into lockdown.
Instead organisers are happy to work with the New South Wales government who are more willing, flexible and able to hold major events, reflected by their successful approach to managing COVID-19.
Comments attributable to the Shadow Minister for Tourism, Major Events and Sport, Cindy McLeish:
“Daniel Andrews has done anything but inspire confidence in Victoria’s event sector, who have been left wanting.
“The confidence of event organisers and exhibitors plummets every time Daniel Andrews changes the rules without warning.
“Events like Moomba drive visitation into Melbourne’s CBD which has been decimated over the last 12 months and desperately needs a life-line from the Andrews Labor Government.”