Moama pubs and clubs welcome border changes

By Brayden May

MOAMA’S pub and clubs are now ready to fill the gap that has emerged since the closure of the NSW-Victorian border.

That’s because Echuca residents can now dine in at their favourite establishments that sit north of the Murray River.

And the businesses are waiting with open arms.

“It’s fantastic that we’re going to be able to welcome back people living on the other side of the river,” Border Inn publican Adie Daly said.

“It has been a tough couple of months for people living in regional Victoria so it is good to see them get some good news in the past few days.

“We’re not two towns in Echuca-Moama, we’re one community, so it’s nice to have that feeling back.

“Now people have a good opportunity to see friends and family, which is very important given everything which has happened this year.”

Adie said it was important everyone continued to do the right thing so restrictions could be eased further in the coming weeks.

“We want to keep moving forward and don’t want to go backwards,” he said.

“No-one can afford to take anything for granted and we all need to still be doing our part.

“Our staff have been fantastic in adapting to all the changes and we thank everyone who has been helping us to make things work.”

Moama RSL operations manager Adam Parker said the changes were a welcome boost for his venue.

“We’re going to welcome any positive news we can get,” he said.

“It’s great we’re going to be able to offer our services to more people in the community and we can’t wait to see them.

“We all want normality back as soon as possible and this is another step towards that.”

Rich River marketing manager Paul Lavars said the club had already been busier than previous weeks.

“It was pleasing to see so many smiling faces on Tuesday,” he said.

“Our Echuca visitors are so happy to be back and we're glad they now have the opportunity to come to a place they enjoy.

“The phones have been ringing off the hook and we think it's only going to get busier when people start to realise what they're able to do.

“The announcement was a big boost for our community.”

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