A CORRYONG accommodation spot has lost a $100,000 booking because of Victoria's COVID-19 outbreak.
Mount Mittamatite Caravan Park was to host employees from power infrastructure firm Wilson Transformer Company through until October in four cabins while they undertook work on the Snowy Hydro scheme in NSW.
But on Wednesday the company's NSW operations supervisor Damian Buttenshaw told caravan park manager Stuart Spratt the booking, which began a few weeks ago, was being cancelled.
Difficulties for staff to be able to travel to other states because of border rules imposed in the wake of Victoria's lockdown were blamed for the decision.
Mr Spratt said with Wilson workers needing to get into Queensland or Western Australia he appreciated the company's position.
"It's a bit disappointing but I can understand where Wilson are coming from and I've got no drama with it," Mr Spratt said.
"(Nevertheless) over a seven-day lockdown we've lost over $100,000 which would get us over winter.
"It's just like another kick in the guts really."
Following an $800,000 rejuvenation, the park reopened on Boxing Day and enjoyed a healthy Easter and Man from Snowy River Festival before this setback.
Mr Spratt said he was telling his story to show the Victorian government the damage wrought by its statewide lockdown.
"We haven't had a case of COVID here since the whole thing started off but we still suffer the same as everyone else in Melbourne," he said.
"This blanket approach I'm not really sure whether it's a good thing or not."
Acting Victorian Premier James Merlino said on Thursday there would be a specific support package for regional tourism and accommodation businesses announced soon.
Mr Spratt said whatever amount of money was provided it would pale alongside the $100,000 he has lost.
Victoria's government has opened applications for its licensed hospitality venue fund and business costs assistance program which provide grants for enterprises affected by the lockdown.
Details and guidelines can be found online at business.vic.gov.au.
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