Murray River tourism operators fear even more losses with new COVID-19 roadmap

Regional tourism operators in Victoria, especially those within the border bubble with New South Wales, are not happy with the long-awaited roadmap to achieving a COVID-19 normal future.

The Victorian Regional Roadmap was announced on Sunday, but Ashton Kreuzer, marketing manager at Mildura Paddleboats, was concerned that the new roadmap meant restrictions in regional areas may still be in place for another two months.

The border closure and COVID-19 restrictions had been devastating for the 65-year-old iconic paddleboating business that has not been able to produce and income for more than six months.

“Our business has survived the Spanish flu and two world wars, but this has been our biggest challenge to the business yet,” Ms Kreuzer said.

She was concerned that even when restrictions did move to COVID Normal, border tourism operators would still be disadvantaged due to continued border closures.

“Even with the lifting of Victorian restrictions and

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Recreation sites, businesses reopen in Yakima River Canyon after fire

Ellensburg Canyon Winery owner Gary Cox packed up a truck last week and parked in the driveway, ready to leave on a moment’s notice if the Evans Canyon Fire jumped the Yakima River.

Fortunately, that disaster scenario never happened, and like most everything else in the Yakima Canyon, the winery reopened on Wednesday. The fire started north of Naches on Aug. 31 and burned into Kittitas County and the canyon’s west side.

Both Cox and Joe Rotter, who co-owns Canyon River Ranch and Red’s Fly Shop, said the lack of physical damage didn’t stop the fire from harming their businesses.

“At (the Canyon River Grill) that was set to be our biggest week of the year,” Rotter said. “As a seasonal business, that was really impactful for us.”

Cox expressed similar sentiments about being closed during Labor Day weekend, the last big tourist opportunity of the year. Those closures will

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Governor earmarks $4M for lower Yellowstone River recreation infrastructure | Outdoors

Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday he will ask Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to appropriate $4 million in general license funding to support the building of boat ramps and campgrounds along the lower Yellowstone River.

Bullock met with members of the Lower Yellowstone River Coalition in Glendive where he made the announcement. The funding would require approval of the 2021 Montana Legislature.

“We have a tremendous opportunity to improve public access along a large stretch of the lower Yellowstone River, and I look forward to seeing the coalition’s vision of improved river access and recreation realized and passed on to our kids and grandkids,” Bullock said in a statement.

The coalition is seeking to find matching funds to bring the investment in infrastructure along the 170 miles of river between Hysham and Sidney up to $8 million.

“This is an incredible opportunity to eliminate these large access gaps and make

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Salmon museum aims to make River Tweed a jewel in the region’s tourism crown

A new fishing museum set to open in the Borders next week is aiming to lure 10,000 visitors a year amid long-term efforts to make the River Tweed a jewel in the region’s tourism crown.

Sunday, 30th August 2020, 7:30 am

The Museum opens on 4 September

The Duchess of Roxburghe and Sir Gareth Edwards will officially open the Tweed Salmon Fishing Museum at Kelso’s former old town hall on Thursday.

It celebrates more than two centuries of salmon angling on the river and houses more than 2,000 artefacts exploring and celebrating the sport’s heritage.

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The facility, which has taken three years and more than £70,000 to plan and execute, has been created by a team of volunteers who hope to attract “more than 10,000 visitors a year from the UK and abroad”.

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