THE commemoration of Australia Day in the Central Highlands and the Bothwell Bicentennial have been postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Loueen Triffitt said this week’s council meeting had made the decision to put off both events until later in the year.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to make but with the current uncertain times, the council felt it was necessary to keep everyone safe considering the high number of COVID-19 cases throughout Tasmania,” Cr Triffitt said. “We’ll make a decision in the near future about when we can have a presentation of the Australia Day Awards,” she said.
The municipality’s Australia Day Awards were to have been presented at a community event at Bronte Park on January 26, coinciding with the opening of a new park in the village. This will be rescheduled although the awards presentation is now likely to be on a smaller scale. “We were going to have quite a big day at Bronte and we were all getting quite excited about it but obviously it’s had to change.”
The bicentenary of the town of Bothwell was to have been held next month. “We have a working group and they will meet soon – when COVID-safe – to discuss an alternative date for the event,” Cr Triffitt said. “Because we are an ageing population we are all about keeping our community safe,” she said. “It was a very difficult decision and there was a lot of discussion while trying to come to an agreement about what to do. What it all boils down to in these current uncertain times is that it was necessary to keep our people in the Highlands and surrounds safe.”
Cr Triffitt said that despite these deferrals, the Central Highlands community could look forward to having two big events later in the year: the annual Bushfest at Bothwell in November and the town’s 200th birthday on a date to be set.