Elliston looks to visitor increase from salmon competition

OPEN: Kaye and Grant Rumbelow behind the bar at the Elliston Hotel. Photo: supplied
OPEN: Kaye and Grant Rumbelow behind the bar at the Elliston Hotel. Photo: supplied

Elliston is hoping to see an increase of visitors to the town through the winter with its Australian Salmon Fishing Championship, which will run over the next three months.

While many events on the Eyre Peninsula have been cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Elliston hopes the salmon fishing competition will bring in new faces, as well as loyal entrants as intrastate travel restrictions loosen.

Elliston Community and Visitor Information Centre manager Tracy Sampson said the competition was expected to bring good numbers to the community this year as interstate restrictions prevent many people heading north for winter.

She said the competition ran for one month last year and the difference in the impact made was noticeable by businesses in town.

"We're only a small town so having people come through and staying, using our supermarket, staying at our accommodation sites, buying meals...brings money into the town," she said

Elliston Hotel owners Grant and Kaye Rumbelow are hopeful of increased numbers, although they may not come straight away.

"I don't think we will see it early but as time goes on we will see more," Mrs Rumbelow said.

Mrs Rumbelow said the hotel was surprised by the sudden announcement last week of pubs reopening due to stage two easing of restrictions as they had already made their weekly order and would not have kegs ready for the opening date.

She said thanks go out to locals who had "wholeheartedly" supported the business during the past few months.