Our Backyard

Last week the Coronavirus was at front and centre of this blog and unfortunately it looks like being so for some time yet. I also spoke about interpretations and how various people put different meaning to different phrases and wanted to clarify MY interpretation of local. We have just over 1,100 permanent resident locals occupying approximately 24% of our residential dwellings and a whole lot more non-permanent resident locals occupying the balance. We are all one! Just some of us more lucky than others in being permanent. Around the town there has been a lot of misunderstanding under the messaging of “stay at home”. Last night the Surfcoast Shire issued the following message – “The Victorian Government is directing all Victorians to stay at home to help limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The stay at home period began midnight on March 30 and will not end until midnight on April 13, 2020 or as otherwise directed. Council is reinforcing the “stay at home” message, which applies to both permanent and part time residents of our region, since all rate payers are part of our community. The advice is that people should only be travelling for one of four reasons: for work, essential food and supplies, for limited exercise or for medical needs. Please be mindful that people moving between residences not only run the risk of spreading the virus to another area, but also can put a strain on essential services such as small local pharmacies, medical centres and supermarkets”. 

It will be short and sweet this week and who would have ever thought that here in this first week of the Easter school holidays I would be sitting in our Lorne office with only four others occupying 5 of the 18 work stations that normally would be occupied and running at “full steam”. It’s a weird world we are in and resembles nothing like I’ve experienced in 30 odd years of real estate practice in Lorne. But I gotta say the camaraderie of a special team that are “coming and going” as we juggle work flows and hours, and the respect I have for them all as we all share the pain together is a tonic that will always maintain my positivity in working through what lay ahead. Add to this the environment in which we work and live and irrespective of the commercial outcomes… really, how lucky are we!
Albeit a transactionally quiet week, we contracted one residence for in excess of a million dollars that I will share when it becomes unconditional and we were exposed in a positive media article – check it out.
Kind regards,                   
Ian Stewart
For and on behalf of the entire Great Ocean Road Real Estate team


Lorne residents both permanent and non permanent alike put your right hand to your left shoulder and give yourself a pat on the back! I was working in neighbouring Surfcoast Shire towns during the week and for the first period of school holidays the numbers in the main street and shop closures in Lorne was a long way greater than any other. “Lets keep this up, we are all in this together!”


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