Brewarrina unites on lockdown


Brewarrina Cafe Owner, Trish Frail, says her business will survive the COVID crisis. Photo TWH

With COVID spreading throughout the region, Brewarrina businesses are facing a tough future.

Owner of Thulii Ngemba Café, Trish Frail, said businesses like hers in small remote communities had an even bigger struggle during lockdown than those in larger centres.

Trish said she was relying on takeaway orders to keep her doors open, but with a much smaller customer base, it was going to be a lean time.

“It’s had a huge impact and it is very tough for all business owners in Bre,” Trish said.

“People don’t realise how tough business is at the best of times, and a crisis like this makes it that much harder.

“We only have a certain number of customers in the whole township and there are no customers coming in as tourists.

“I have put a lot of time and effort into my business, and in the end, I believe I will still be smiling, and I will still be here,” Trish said.

Trish believes the Brewarrina community had rallied to keep transmission risks to a minimum but said the mixed messaging about vaccines, lack of choice and a culture of blame in government had not helped.


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