ADJOURNMENT – COVID-19

 Mr FREGON (Mount Waverley) (17:20): My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Local Government in the other place, and the action I seek is to ask the minister to join me in my district of Mount Waverley to inspect the great works that have been done by Monash council to assist our hospitality businesses. The pandemic this year has undoubtedly had a huge impact on our hospitality businesses. I have spoken to many of these business owners and workers over the last nine months and have been very impressed with their stoicism and their drive to succeed. Businesses completely changed their day-to-day operations during lockdown, becoming takeaway only. Now they are back open again, and we are all glad they are. Now, with the investment in outdoor dining, this government is backing our hospo sector. I thank the Monash council for the work they have done since being awarded $500 000 from the outdoor eating and entertainment package. So it is fair to say that in Kings Way, Pinewood, Syndal and Hamilton Place the glasses are half full, and knowing our great local hospitality staff they will be very full in no time.