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Much of Port Fairy’s housing is reserved as tourist accommodation. When housing shortages made it difficult to attract and retain workers in regional Victorian tourist towns, businesses and councils had to get creative.
In places like Daylesford and Port Fairy, where as many as a third of all houses are holiday homes, hospitality businesses have been closing or adjusting opening hours due to a worker shortage exacerbated by a lack of rentable properties.
But now that the Victorian government is offering a $150 million regional worker accommodation package as a sweetener for cancelling the Commonwealth Games, those forward-thinkers are wondering if they will secure a share.