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Long-lasting regional impacts of lockdown | Farm Online

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The most recent lockdown in Victoria may have lasted five days, but the impacts will be long-lasting across our regional communities.

When Daniel Andrews announced late on Friday – ahead of the busy Valentine’s Day weekend – that the coronavirus had again leaked out of government-run hotel quarantine, it sent businesses and community groups into a spiral of costly cancellations.

In my home town of Swan Hill, alone, the cost to the community was estimated at more than $2.5 million – after lockdown forced the cancellation of the annual Victorian Country Week Tennis Tournament that brings hundreds of people into town.

The snap lockdown led to a surge in requests for mental health support.

Lifeline received its third-highest number of…



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