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Events are cancelled

Updated: Oct 20, 2021

TWO big community celebrations planned for spring have been cancelled.

Organisers of Inglewood Alive and Laanecoorie Gold Bash at the weekend said continuing uncertainty with COVID restrictions had forced them to make the difficult decisions.

Inglewood Alive secretary Suzi Birthisel wrote to sponsors saying the committee did not want to “jeopardise the reputation and standing of the festival” and decided to wait until 2022 to be back bigger and better after also being forced to postpone last year.

“Unfortunately, as this year has unfolded it has become apparent that we are not in a position to host a large event. This is due to a number of different factors, including the uncertainty of frequent lockdowns, social distancing and check-in requirements and the inability to appropriately fundraise in the current environment,” she said.

Suzi said the festival, first held in 2012, had built up a strong following of patrons,

Cancellation of Laanecoorie’s 10th gold bash planned for 2020 was announced on social media, saying “this may not come as a surprise to you all but we have sadly had to make the decision to cancel”.

And Inglewood Lions Club has abandoned efforts to reschedule its changeover dinner.

Secretary Deb Coone said: “It is proving very difficult to keep changing our booking and reschedule the caterers.

“So at this point in time we are looking at having a ‘big shin dig’ at the end of the year,” Deb said.

In March, Wedderburn’s gold jambouree was also cancelled because of COVID restrictions and other events have been affected by each lockdown.

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