New dates have been set for the Shore Depart competition after it was stopped from going forward this coming weekend, whereas the way forward for different well-liked Geraldton occasions stays unsure.
The four-day occasion, named as a nod to the wealthy maritime historical past and the connotations of vacation, leisure, and journey synonymous with the area, was set to rejoice the tradition, meals and journey distinctive to the Mid West with a multi-event program from Might 6-9.
It’ll as a substitute go forward from September 24-27, organisers introduced on Monday, after they cited cyclone Seroja and uncertainty round COVID-19 restrictions as affecting their skill to forge forward as scheduled.
The competition, headed by Tourism Geraldton Mid West, has billed a novel eating expertise as its headline occasion — a $500 a head long-table lunch on the Abrolhos Islands.
The postponement comes after the profitable fifteenth and closing Nukara Music Competition and the cancellation of March’s SummerSalt music competition with headline act John Butler.
Occasion organiser Zaccaria Live shows and Touring didn’t disclose the rationale it pulled the pin, however poor advance-ticket gross sales are believed to have affected its viability.
The annual Sunshine Competition took a break in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, however chairman Ian Fisher mentioned no determination had but been made if it might return this October yr or together with Shore Depart.
“We’re nonetheless understanding particulars with COVID … We’re more likely to have a gathering in June, which might be our D-Day then,” he mentioned.
“Issues are at all times altering, that’s the issue.
“Prior to now we’ve had individuals arising from Perth, and if a lockdown occurs they will’t come. That features ticket-holders, distributors and expertise.
“We’ve had no talking in any respect to the Shore Depart individuals, however that might occur sooner or later presumably. They may very well be mixed however there’s no concrete plans.”
Funtavia vice-chairman Julian Canny mentioned whereas organisers had been eager to go forward with the favored occasion collection, they had been “busier than ever” specializing in smaller performances which had been much less more likely to be cancelled than a bigger competition.
The Metropolis of Larger Geraldton has not but slated its third Wind on Water competition, however council discussions have indicated cash will probably be put aside for it within the 2021-22 price range.