Inquiry into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism and events sectors

Hearings and Transcripts

Public Hearings for this inquiry have concluded. Transcripts for the hearings can be downloaded from the links below. 

Monday, 28 June 2021
Via Zoom
Time Witness Transcript

Professor Catherine Bennett
Chair in Epidemiology, Faculty of Health, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University

 pdfTranscript217.48 KB

Department of Health
Professor Euan Wallace AM, Secretary
Nicole Brady, Deputy Secretary, COVID-19 Strategy and Policy
Professor Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer

 pdfTranscript201.64 KB
 pdfResponse to QON10.85 MB
  pdfPresentation1.50 MB


Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
Simon Phemister, Secretary
Andrew Abbott, Deputy Secretary, Creative, Sport and Visitor Economy and Chief Executive, Creative Victoria
Claire Febey, Associate Deputy Secretary, Tourism and Events

 pdfTranscript217.91 KB
 pdfResponse to QON186.49 KB
pdfResponse to QON - Attachment 1802.38 KB
pdfResponse to QON - Attachment 2664.41 KB

Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Via Zoom  
Time Witness Transcript
10.00am Destination Gippsland
Terry Robinson, Chief Executive Officer
 pdfTranscript170.14 KB
10.30am Captain's Cove Waterfront Apartments Paynesville
Tamara Cook, Manager
 pdfTranscript165.53 KB
11.45am Walhalla's Star Hotel
Cr Michael Leaney, Proprietor
 pdfTranscript224.60 KB
12.30pm Paynesville Business and Tourism Association
Martin Richardson, President
 pdfTranscript165.09 KB
2.00pm Latrobe City Council
Cr Darren Howe, Deputy Mayor

 pdfTranscript159.61 KB
 pdfResponse to QON618.92 KB

2.30pm South Gippsland Shire Council
Kerryn Ellis, Chief Executive Officer
Renae Littlejohn, Director Economy and Community

 pdfTranscript174.52 KB
 pdfEconomic Development Strategy 2021-20318.29 MB
 pdfVisitor Economy Strategy 2021_20315.61 MB


Wednesday, 2 June 2021
Via Zoom 
Time Witness Transcript

Echuca Moama Tourism
Kathryn Mackenzie, Chief Executive Officer

 pdfTranscript163.11 KB

American Hotel Echuca
Dean Oberin, Owner

Rich River Golf Club & Resort Moama
Paul Lavars, Marketing and Sales Manager

 pdfTranscript189.37 KB

Wise Connections
Susan Ryman-Kiernan, Managing Director

 pdfTranscript167.51 KB

JL Productions & Hire
Jamie Lea, Director

 pdfTranscript185.29 KB

Winter Blues Festival
Peter Williams, Chair

 pdfTranscript138.77 KB

DG Global Events
Steve Smith, General Manager

 pdfTranscript180.31 KB

H2 Insurance Solutions
Jason Holmes, Managing Director, Head of Region – Asia Pacific

 pdfTranscript168.98 KB
 pdfResponse to QON173.61 KB

Wednesday, 19 May 2021
Meeting rooms, G.1 & G.2, 55 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne and via Zoom 
Time Witness Transcript
10.00am Visit Victoria
Brendan McClements, Chief Executive Officer

pdfTranscript215.92 KB
pdfResponse to QON301.36 KB

10.45am Destination
Madison Fitzgerald, Director, Communication and Branding

pdfTranscript169.16 KB
pdfResponse to QON103.78 KB

11.30am Tote Hotel and Bar Open
Jon Perring, Co-Owner

NW Group
Matt Jones, Managing Director
pdfTranscript197.99 KB
12.15pm Live Performance Australia
Evelyn Richardson, Chief Executive

pdfTranscript166.50 KB
pdfResponse to QON227.20 KB

2.00pm Beaspoke Safety
Bea Tomlin, Safety and Risk Consultant

Action Events
Damian De Jong, Vice President
pdfTranscript210.64 KB
2.45pm Australian Festival Association
Julia Robinson, General Manager
pdfTranscript167.10 KB


Thursday, 13 May 2021 - Camperdown
Five Star Function Centre, Camperdown Football Netball Club, Leura Oval,Adeney Street, Camperdown, VIC 3260
Time Witnesses Transcript

Corangamite Shire Council
Cr Ruth Gstrein, Mayor
Andrew Mason, CEO

pdfTranscript184.20 KB

Cape Otway Lightstation
Matt Bowker, Manager

pdfTranscript140.65 KB

Port Fairy Folk Festival
John Young, President

pdfTranscript182.97 KB

Keayang Maar Vineyard
Barry Wurlod, Owner

pdfTranscript166.98 KB

By Moonlight
Carolyn Woods, Owner

pdfTranscript161.66 KB

Wednesday, 12 May 2021 - Anglesea
Great Ocean Road Resort, 105 Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, VIC 3230 
Time Witness Transcript
11.00am Great Ocean Road Resort
Damien Cerantonio, Founder

pdfTranscript195.10 KB

Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism (GORRT)
Liz Price, General Manager

pdfTranscript191.37 KB

Southern Exposure
Mick Sheehan, Owner
Bindy Sheehan, Owner

pdfTranscript174.12 KB

Anglesea Backpackers 
Raylene Fordham

pdfTranscript176.47 KB

Tourism Greater Geelong & The Bellarine
Brendan Sanders, Business Manager
Brett Ince, Executive Director

pdfTranscript193.28 KB

Baptist Camping Victoria
Geoff Caldwell, Director of Camping

pdfTranscript168.59 KB

Rapid Ascent
John Jacoby, Owner
Sam Maffett, Owner

pdfTranscript170.41 KB


Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Bright Community Centre, 1 Railway Avenue, Bright
Time Witness Transcript                       

Mount Hotham Alpine Resort
Amber Gardner, CEO

Falls Creek Alpine Resort
Stuart Smythe, CEO
pdfTranscript181.56 KB

Alpine Shire Council
Elaine Burridge, Manager Economic and Community Development

pdfTranscript176.76 KB
pdfHousing availability flyer6.82 MB

11.45am Tourism North East
Bess Nolan-Cook, CEO
pdfTranscript153.08 KB
12.30pm Bright Brewery
Rupert Shaw, Operations Manager
pdfTranscript160.41 KB
1.00pm      Dal Zotto Wines
Michael Dal Zotto
pdfTranscript158.66 KB
1.30pm Indigo Shire Council
Guy Wilkinson, Economic Development and Investment
pdfTranscript145.69 KB


Wednesday, 14 April 2021
Meeting rooms, G.1 & G.2, 55 St Andrews Place, East Melbourne and via Zoom 
Time Witness Transcript
10.00am Save Victorian Events
Simon Thewlis

Show Tech Australia
Tiny Good, Director

Howard Freeman, Founding Director
pdfTranscript207.50 KB
11.00am Harry the Hirer
Gab Robinson, CEO
pdfTranscript164.98 KB
11.45am Arts Industry Council of Victoria
Joe Toohey, Co-Convenor (Executive Director, Regional Arts Victoria)
Simone Schinkel, Co-Convenor (CEO, Music Victoria)
pdfTranscript185.42 KB
pdfResponses to QON63.37 KB
12.30pm Victoria Tourism Industry Council
Felicia Mariani, CEO

pdfTranscript181.83 KB
pdfTopline Summary727.16 KB
pdfAdditional Information2.70 MB

2.00pm Festival Enterprises
Janusz Zak, Director
Richard Dexter, Festival Director
pdfTranscript170.97 KB

Phaseshift Productions
Lawrie Videky, Owner
Peter Marko, Head Electonics Repair Technician

Rocky Bruzzano, Chief Financial Officer

pdfTranscript208.68 KB
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 September 2021