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The workforce accommodation located in the Yamba Business Park.

Accommodation to support hospitality industry

Temporary accommodation will be offered to local hospitality staff in the Clarence Valley to lure more workers to fill vacancies in the hospitality industry. Clarence Valley Council, general manager, Ashley Lindsay explained that there is a shortage of hospitality workers across Australia and in the Clarence Valley, with many positions going unfilled. “Many restaurants and cafés are not able to fulfil their normal operating hours.” “Not only do these shortages have an impact on local businesses and the economy, it also has a detrimental impact on the local community and the general Clarence Valley visitor experience.” “An opportunity to support the local hospitality industry has presented itself via a Ministerial Order in response to COVID to amend the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.” “Consents have been extended by two years thus allowing for the extended use of workforce accommodation located in the Yamba Business Park which was utilised during the construction of the Pacific Motorway,” said Mr Lindsay. Phil Boughton, Manager Yamba Bowlo Sports & Leisure has had to close the Club’s kitchen for two days a week as they cannot secure chefs and staff for the shifts required. “This provides a fantastic opportunity for Yamba. It’s unique for a coastal town to be able to provide affordable accommodation for workers.” “The Bowling Club also owns a motel, so we know at the moment there’s not even a supply of accommodation, let alone affordable accommodation,” Mr Boughton added. James Allan, President of the Yamba Chambers of Commerce said the project will help hospitality businesses recruit staff in Yamba. “It is a practical solution to an increasing problem.” “We want businesses to stay open and staff vacancies to be filled quickly with hospitality staff.” “We are also working in partnership with TAFE NSW to provide skills development programs for local hospitality workers.” “This project reinforces the importance of the hospitality industry to the region and enables a multi-pronged approach to support local businesses and employees,” added Mr Allan.