Speculation school camps would not resume in 2022 has been rubbished by the state government.
Member for Western Victoria Bev McArthur said in parliament last week she was concerned about a media report that claimed school camps and excursions would be banned next year.
"Those documents reportedly stated that school camps and excursions would be prohibited in 2022," Mrs McArthur said.
However, a state government spokeswoman said the claim was incorrect.
"Camps will be returned in line with the broader community roadmap, in terms of travel, accommodation and gathering limits," the spokeswoman said.
The clarification is welcome news for the owners of a number of south-west businesses.
Camp Cooriemungle owner Nicole Oberin said the past two years had been extremely challenging.
"We've lost about 20 camps this year," Mrs Oberin said.
"It's been really hard."
Mrs Oberin said the latest lockdown had proved particularly challenging.
She said she and her husband were working other jobs to help keep the business afloat and retain staff.
Mrs Oberin said the business was in limbo because it was difficult to plan ahead.
She said some schools had been forced to reschedule their camps three or four times.
"A number of schools want to book in for November and December and I've been trying to pencil them in, but it's hard because of the uncertainty," Mrs Oberin said.
She said the business had applied for a grant to diversify by screening movies at the site.
Mrs Oberin said she and her husband were keen to host pop-up drive-in movie events.
"We hope to be able to host fund-raisers for community groups and offer something a bit different for visitors to the area," she said.
Mrs Oberin said it was hoped the events could begin before the end of this year.
"Fingers crossed we will be able to welcome people back," she said.
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