Freedom Day arriving saw a buzz in Navarra venues once again with their pop•up dine-in restaurant
project, corporate, social events, and small weddings however staff shortage coming out of lockdown
is a reality.
“We are heavily booked with our pop•up•project in Sydney’s inner west, Montage venue located in the
heart of Iron Cove Bay and small weddings taking place are locked in at present but what we have
noticed is that we have a shortage of staff. Consulting my brother CEO Sal Navarra we have noticed
that although some of our advertisements are being answered by applicants, key hospitality positions
now pose a problem,” said Senior Managing Partner Giovannino Navarra
The hospitality sector relies heavily on workers from overseas and most have returned home once the
pandemic hit. Overseas workers make-up a large part of the hospitality workforce. There are growing
calls to reopen borders and stop the 18-month pinch on overseas labour that experts say drain
productivity and the growth in the economy. The delay in unvaccinated people not being able to enter
the workforce adds to further shortages and freedom day is not as free as it appears.
“What we really need is for the Government and The Fair Work Commission to support the industry
by lifting penalty rates and taxes in the hospitality sector. Make it a level playing field for businesses to
hire more staff and people who want a second job to actually want to work in this sector by not
incurring a higher tax rate. As we move out of job keeper payments this will help the hospitality
industry to flourish again and entice individuals seeking a second job to enter the hospitality industry,”
said Giovannino Navarra
“I tend to agree with NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet’s recent statement that since international
arrivals have ceased both tourism and hospitality have been depleted of tens of thousands of skilled
workers and the CBD is a complete ghost town. NSW Australia is a beautiful part of our country and
so the borders need to open to allow tourism to boost the economy. It’s time. We have waited long
enough and with the support of NSW Premier Perrottet and his team he can now carefully gauge and
move things along at a quicker pace,” he said
Coming out of lockdown will also mean that the wedding event space will take a good 4-5 months to
start to recover as bookings are strong for the distant future. This means suppliers with limited
business presently will not be able to employ new staff because the work is not there right now.
“I have nothing against small, intimate weddings but the majority of weddings are greater than one
hundred guests (100). Confidence needs to be restored in our industry and it starts with the
acceleration of the timelines in place at the moment. Picture florists who have flowers to offer, car hire
cranking it up, photographers scrambling for the same work. Everyone is affected on a larger scale.
Freedoms now mean future job growth for Australians in the entire hospitality space.”
Entertaining over 47 years of events and hospitality experience and successfully hosting more than
175,000 events, Navarra is one of Australia’s leading events and hospitality operators.
Family operated and founded by Filippo and Sarina Navarra with the reigns handed to Salvatore,
Giovannino, and Marie Navarra, who offer weddings, formal, corporate, and casual dining
experiences, including cafes and bars across the wider Sydney area.
Navarra locations include Montage, Conca D’oro, Oatlands House, Curzon Hall, CBD Collection, and
Eschol Park Manor.
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