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International students supported with $200,000 in shopping vouchers


MELBOURNE, 18 MAY. The City of Melbourne will invest $200,000 in retail vouchers to support international students impacted by COVID-19 and boost trade at the Queen Victoria Market.

The ‘Our Shout’ retail voucher program will support international students affected by job losses and housing insecurity with access to vouchers worth up to $200 each to spend at Queen Victoria Market.

“We are a caring city and we need to look after each other. We know many students are isolated and far from home. We have a responsibility to make sure they can make ends meet and continue to feel welcomed and included in our community,” Lord Mayor Sally Capp said.

“The COVID-19 crisis has had a devastating impact on this group and on Victoria’s international student economy, which is worth $9.1 billion a year. We’re responding with direct stimulus to support students and provide a revenue boost for Queen Victoria Market traders.

International students can apply for vouchers on the City of Melbourne website. The vouchers will be available for collection from Melbourne Town Hall from Tuesday 26 May.

International Engagement portfolio Chair Councillor Philip Le Liu, said Melbourne’s international students have been amongst the hardest hit by COVID-19, and are in desperate need of support.

Chair of the Knowledge City portfolio Councillor Dr Jackie Watts said, "While we had to postpone the immensely popular annual event, Melbourne Knowledge Week, we will invest $1.5 million on next year’s event to showcase ideas for a smart and innovative city with the wider community.

“We will invest $1 million on renewing and maintaining our traditional and digital library collections, and a further $180,000 to upgrade Southbank Library. Libraries are crucial to our community as shown by the up-surge in digital library services during COVID-19.” Visit: melbourne.vic.gov.au



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