Tourism Thredbo Updatee.

Update from Steve

On Monday 11 May, 2020, the NSW Government passed legislation referencing Retail and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 (for access to the legislation follow this link ). This legislation holds the key components that NPWS will use as guidelines to negotiate what rent/lease relief or waiver or combination of both will apply to all the leases in KNP.

I have spoken to Karen Field (Team Leader Property - Mountains Property and Commercial NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service) recently who has suggested that her office will require 7 – 10 days to interpret the legislation and how they will need to structure their response to lease holders. Further to that it should be understood that KT Pty Ltd will require an equal amount of time to negotiate their position and how the outcome may be able to be filtered through to sub-lessees. Watch this space….

Being Ready For A Ski Season
There are thousands of questions and very few answers that provide any clarity or direction at this point in time. Government leaders are  trying to structure a staged recovery to kick-start the economy again however the issues surrounding our winter tourism industry presents unique issues that must be managed.

This week-end we will see some relaxing of the lock-down rules applicable to clubs and pubs with in-house café or restaurant services. This will provide some opportunity to a very few operators in the region however most outlets realise that the limitations on patrons combined with the social distancing guidelines will make it impossible to open profitably.

At this juncture it is understood that restaurants and cafés will need to await the lifting of Stage 2 restrictions (20 patrons) before being permitted to open at profitable levels. From Friday, smaller hotel venues with restaurant / café styled offerings will be permitted to open.

Click on this link to view the 3 Step Framework Guidelines .
The following extract written by Steve Cuff in the  Snowy Mountains Magazine ……………. “The Resorts have received valuable feedback from Governments that in order for the NSW resorts to open for the season, the whole tourism economy in our region needs to have COVIDSafe Operating plans in place. We all know that guests not only visit resorts but many local small businesses on their trip to and from the Snowy Mountains. It is important that we as a community and region are ready to operate in a COVIDSafe manner.” Luke Kneller, Executive Officer Tourism Snowy Mountains.

Guidelines on how you can prepare your business to be compliant under the CovidSafe plan can be found here
Insurance Premium increases. 
Many Thredbo property owners  in  the process of renewing their property insurance are finding dramatic increases in premiums or even some difficulty in getting renewals.   If you are having difficulty in renewing cover or have experienced dramatic premium increases send an email to
We are  investigating the scale of the problem and  whether the chamber can provide any assistance in securing better insurance outcomes.  Any feedback on recent experience would be helpful. 


COVIDSafe Cleaning Guide

For updates on the latest from Safe Work Australia on approaches to cleaning  in the COVID19 world check out this comprehensive guide for hospitality cleaning.  


Business Australia Latest     

Check out the lastest from Business Australia including Updates on the 3 Step plan from the Federal Government on the road back to business. See the newsletter online here  

Business Australia is also running a back to work webinar for the road back. You can join this for free on Tuesday.  Check the link here:  


Destination NSW News   

See the latest update from Destination NSW including Bush Fire recovery funding update,   Check the link here:  

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