Sunday, 16 August 2020
COVID-19: Crowd bans hit events

Major Anzac Day services at Boonah and Kalbar, the Boonah High Formal and the Boonah Meet the Candidates forum are among the casualties of crowd bans announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a bid to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The ban, however, will not affect the March 28 Scenic Rim Regional Council elections. 

Voting will go ahead after Queensland Electoral Commissioner Pat Vidgen declared the local authority polls to be: “Essential public events required to ensure the continuity of democratic representation.”

However, pre-polling booth opening times have been extended.

The bans on non-essential gatherings of more than 500 became effective on Monday (March 16) just as the Fassifern enters its traditional event season.

And the bans, which may reduce the non essential gathering numbers even further, could  lead to the cancellation of a whole raft of local events.

Cancelled, postponed or under review

  • Boonah Meet the Candidates forum which was to be hosted by the Boonah District Chamber of Commerce tonight (Wednesday) has been cancelled. Chamber President, Bruce Trevena, expressed regret at the decision but said the potential health risks of public gatherings left the committee with little choice.
  • Wyaralong Dam Carp & Tilapia Eradication Comp which was to be held this Saturday has been postponed until later in the year.
  • Boonah Girl Guides meetings, activities, camps and functions have been cancelled until further notice. “This is happening Australia wide,” says District Manager, Beth Hern. “The Moogerah Regional management committee are meeting this weekend to decide how we can continue with the Guides programs on a digital basis.”
  • A decision on the Moogerah Passion Play performances will be made on Thursday. One of the organisers, Chris Young, said the government recommendations would indicate that the decision was already out of their hands. “However, I know that one of the options we will consider is postponing the performances until later in the year.”
  • The annual La Bunjurga at Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard is postponed. “As the owner of Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard I believe very strongly it would be the wrong thing for me to continue with planning for La Bunjurga 2020 and risk having to cancel it as restrictive policies are progressively introduced to curtail the spread of CV19, thereby causing hardship and loss to stall holders,” David McMaugh stated. 
  • “It would be the wrong thing for me to assist the transfer of CV19 by holding an event with around 750 to 1000 people attending.”
  • The Three Crosses on the Hill Easter Service has been cancelled.
  • A decision on the running of the Clydesdale Spectacular is in abeyance until the end of April.