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15th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention - postponed until 2023
6th June 2021
Announcement regarding postponing the 15th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention.
It is regret that I once again have to announce that the 15th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention is to be postponed. This event had already been previously postponed until Easter 2022, however, unfolding events that are beyond the organising committee's control will now mean this convention is now to be rescheduled to 2023.
To be able to provide a truly Australian convention that represents and showcases the modelling work of attendees from all around the country, we rely on freedom and confidence to travel from afar to be a participant. Unfortunately, the fluctuating restrictions and protective measures that the government impose during efforts to minimise COVID outbreaks creates significant planning complications for an event such as the Australian Narrow Gauge Convention. Knowing when various state border closures will occur and how long those restrictions remain is still considerably unpredictable. Without the ability to guess who and what would be able to attend means knowing how to budget and book for the convention is near impossible.
When the organising committee met earlier in May and discussed the decision to proceed with 2022 planning, our confidence in providing a viable event was starting to return. Since then, issues have gradually emasculated yet again. Over the last few days, the rapid outbreak events have been clear examples of how quickly multiple states can face sudden lockdown measures.
Apologies for this regrettable announcement. We hope all our narrow gauge modelling friends continue to stay safe and find plenty of creative time to enjoy the hobby until we may meet again at the next Australian Narrow Gauge Convention.
On behalf of the Australian Narrow Gauge Convention organising committee