Echuca-Moama businesses are set to benefit from a big weekend of blues.REBECCA KERR July 25, 2014 3:12am
Last-minute visitors to the Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival may have trouble finding a place to stay as accommodation providers report being largely booked out.
Echuca-Moama Accommodation Association president and Tindarra Resort owner Rosie George said she looked forward to the atmosphere the festival brought and the economic boost for the town.
‘‘It’s not only great for us but it is excellent for community retailers, the restaurants, everybody,’’ she said.
‘‘The whole festival has such a lovely, good feeling atmosphere. It makes you feel light, it beats the winter blues’’
She said accommodation was booked out at Tindarra, but there had been a lot of inquiries from visitors about acts and the festival in general; something she said benefited retailers in the area hugely.
‘‘It’s all looking very good, there has been a lot of inquiries about the festival.’’
Other motel, hotel and holiday park owners echoed her opinion as rooms filled up and venues booked out.
Owners said a large portion of bookings were from returning guests, reserving their winter bookings a year in advance.
Comfort Inn Settlement owner Alan Smith said he had seen about 30 per cent repeat bookings for guests who wanted to be within walking distance of the action.
‘‘We’re almost booked out,’’ he said.
‘‘Events are great, they bring a lot to the town, people come in and they spend money around town at local businesses.’’
Moama Riverside Holiday and Tourist Park was also fully booked and owner Jen Warnett said she looked forward to the weekend as it was exciting to be fully booked on a winter’s night.
‘‘It’s a two night minimum stay and we’ve had repeat guests (from the Blues Festival last year),’’ she said.
‘‘People love coming up here, there’s a real buzz in the town.’’
Street Rider Night Bus signs have been placed in Shepparton’s central business district to encourage people to use the service that has been cruising along for more than five years.
Police are currently at the scene of a double fatal collision involving two cars in at the Cahill Road, Gilmore Street and Woods Road intersection in Yarrawonga.
Tatura Community House held its annual High Tea fundraiser at the facility on Tuesday, with a full-house present to enjoy a sumptuous morning tea, good conversation and relaxing time together.
The Echuca construction team behind Junction Moama has taken out one of the top honours at a regional building awards ceremony.
Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society hosted an afternoon tea to recognise long-standing members Barrie and Flora Griffin and John and Margaret Harley.
About 7600 residents served by Goulburn Valley Water are affected by a boil-water advisory.
Scone Equine Hospital relaunches local veterinary practice.
A beauty pamper day has raised a whopping $18k to assist local lady Terri Bevan with her ongoing medical costs associated with her brain tumour
A planning scheme amendment to allow the expansion and redevelopment of the IGA supermarket at Heathcote has been approved by the Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne.
Cross-border rivals Cobram and Barooga football netball clubs will contest the 38th Cobram Courier Shield this weekend.
An exciting three-hole playoff saw Virginia Lange take a narrow win in the Deniliquin Ladies Golf Championship last Thursday.
The G-MW Murray gravity irrigation system has received 35 per cent and the Goulburn system 42 per cent of allocation from July 1.
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