BENDIGO pubs have joined in an initiative which may provide a lifeline in troubled times.
Campaign For the Love of Your Local allows people to nominate a venue, and buy a pint of Carlton Draught.
Venues get the cash immediately, while Carlton and United Breweries matches that purchase with a free pint (making two pints) when restrictions are lifted.
Metropolitan Hotel owner Andrew Lethlean said he signed up because anything that could help venues stay afloat was great.
Mr Lethlean said restrictions on movement to slow the spread of COVID-19 had been life-changing.
"All the hotels and bars and restaurants that aren't doing takeaways and deliveries are doing zero trade," he said.
"We put all our blood sweat and tears into our businesses.
"We're not sure where the light is in at the end of the tunnel."
The Rising Sun Hotel and Manchester Arms Hotel are also among the Bendigo venues participating.
Buy a pint at: loveofyourlocal.com.au/
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