While many are applauding the federal government's tourism stimulus package which is offering cheaper flights to some Australian destinations State Member for Murray Helen Dalton believes it will harm towns like Griffith.
Ms Dalton says the $1.2 billion package will have a negative impact on struggling tourism operators in the Murray region.
"By offering half-priced flights to coastal destinations, the government is actually reducing the chances people will visit inland rural towns such as Moama, Balranald, Wentworth, Griffith, Leeton and Deniliquin," Mrs Dalton said
"There is absolutely nothing is this package for struggling hoteliers in this region.
"NSW border towns have been the most hurt by Covid-19 and government, having experienced 38 weeks of lockdown,"
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"I've talked to some operators who went weeks with no customers at all,"
"They're struggling to stay open. They've been damaged the most by government but are getting the least support,"
Mrs Dalton said tourism operators across the Riverina and Victorian border desperately need ongoing funding.
"Some border towns won't survive a few more years of this," Mrs Dalton.
"This tourism package needs to be adjusted to help those who need it the most."
The Murray MP said she'll raise the matter in NSW Parliament, when sittings resume this week.
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