Paul Murray Live: July 22

With travel restrictions in force, a special "Our Town" edition will hear how tough the regionals are doing it.

With travel restrictions still enforced Paul Murray Live will tonight present a special edition of his Our Town series, showcasing the resilience of regional towns.

Murray will be speaking to locals across the country on how the  pandemic have impacted Australians. He will interview NSW Tourism Minister, Stuart Ayres and Isaiah Firebrace will perform his new single ‘Blame On Me’ and a cover of ‘Burn.’

The recent COVID-19 restrictions are some of the harshest we have seen yet and will have a ripple effect felt for months – if not years – in Australia’s regional centres. The Our Town specials are an opportunity to get out of the cities and speak directly to Australians from our regional centres to get their unique perspective on national issues and direct impacts. I am passionate about our country’s rural areas and regional towns and through Our Town we are able to give these Australians a clear voice,” he said.

This ski season should have brought hundreds of thousands of tourists to Jindabyne and surrounds, and the area’s tourism industry was only just recovering from the eradicated 2020 ski season when new COVID-19 lockdown restrictions were recently announced. Our Town speaks to members of the Snowy Mountains community to see what can be resurrected from the region’s economy, and pays a virtual visit to the Snowy Hydro project to learn more about its development, energy output, and how they’re keeping the lights on through lockdown.

Throughout the Our Town special, Paul will also speak with regional tourist business representatives from Katoomba, Kiama in NSW, Canberra ACT, the Northern Territory, the Queensland outback of Winton and Longreach to Cairns and Bundaberg, Tasmania, and outback South Australia about initiatives they’re pursuing to keep their businesses open during the COVID-19 pandemic and how travel bubbles and travel bans effect the tourism sector.

9pm tonight on SKY News.

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