Your new Golden Mount Festival Committee was elected in late 2020 and set about deciding what a festival in 2021 would look like.
The committee had to undertake an analysis for a COVID safe event plan.
As the festival attracts crowds in excess of 1500 spread over multiple days and sites under the COVID Safe Event planning requirements there are significant restrictions and requirements.
As a result of the complexities this presents sadly, we have made the decision we will be postponing the Golden Mount Festival in May 2021. After the recent three day lockdown in Brisbane, we decided to make our announcement early so as not to inconvenience people making travel and holiday plans.
Whilst, it is very disappointing, we find it is our most prudent course of action to minimize risk to our community and wasting resources.
You can rest assured it was a decision none of the committee found any joy in. It was the last outcome we wanted. In planning an event under the COVID Safe Event plan there are many restrictions placed on organisers and the crowds attending which meant huge changes to the structure of the whole weekend.
We know this decision will cause much upset but we are as bitterly disappointed as you and our decision wasn’t taken lightly. As much as we tried all alternatives we came up with meant it wouldn’t be the event we all know and love.
We love catching up with our mates, we love embracing old friends and relatives and welcoming people from all over the State, Nation and World! We love jostling in the crowd, watching the parade, wandering the markets freely and let’s not forget the signature event cheering on the Running the Cutter! If we couldn’t do those things it simply wasn’t going to be the Festival we know and love.
On the up side however, the committee has a number of smaller events in the planning stages throughout 2021 for the community so watch this space. These events which we can plan under the smaller category COVID Safe event plans will enable us to forward plan and fundraise for what we hope will be a mighty comeback festival in 2022!
Our next meeting is on February, 10th, 6pm at the Soldiers room. You can become a full member of the Festival or join as a friend of the festival.
We thank everyone for their understanding.
For further information see our Facebook page GOLDEN MOUNT FESTIVAL or touch base with a committee member.
Kerrilyn Page (President)
Daryl Jacobson (Vice President)
Kylie Donald (Treasurer)
Cassandra Donald (Secretary)