Briefs

Federal senator Sarah Henderson with Searoad Ferries chief executive officer Matt MacDonald.

 

Ferry bad for business

Geelong-based senator Sarah Henderson has called for the Mornington Peninsula, which currently has one active COVID-19 case, to be treated as regional Victoria to boost struggling local tourism.

The state government placing the peninsula under Melbourne’s stricter stage four lockdown had cost Searoad Ferries in Queenscliff 90 per cent of revenue, Ms Henderson said.

But a state government spokesperson warned COVID-19 could spread quickly and that slowing movement between metropolitan suburbs and regional towns was critical.

Ryrie Street closure

Ryrie Street’s eastbound lanes will close between Gheringhap and Union streets from 8.30pm to 5am for five nights beginning Sunday for resurfacing.

VicRoads advised motorists to plan for up to 10 minutes in delays and to use a signed detour via McKillop Street.

COVID-19 sewerage traces

Sewerage testing at Anglesea has identified traces of COVID-19, which could indicate an unknown local case, or be related previous cases or people travelling through the area.

While the town has no active cases, Barwon Health infectious diseases specialist. Associate Professor Daniel O’Brien. urged locals to get tested at Anglesea Memorial Hall if they had even mild symptoms.

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