Summer Festival cancelled

Published on 05 January 2022

The 2022 Summer Festival program and face-to-face school holiday programs are being cancelled this year due to concerns around the increase in COVID-19 cases, as well as State restrictions.

However, while these events have been cancelled, staff will be channelling their efforts to provide the community with a two and a half day 'family style' event the first weekend of April, with events planned from Friday night 1 April - Sunday 3 April, culminating with the Fire and Spice Festival.

Council's Executive Management Team met on Tuesday 4 January 2022 to consider the current COVID impact on the City of West Torrens, particularly with regard to community events, and agreed that in the best interests of community safety that our immediate public events should be cancelled.

"While it has been a difficult decision to make, I feel it is in the best interests of our community to cancel the Summer Festival and our face-to-face School Holiday Program activities," Chief Executive Officer Terry Buss PSM said.

"We would have preferred that our Elected Council made this decision, however as time is of the essence, with our School Holiday program underway and our Summer Festival to start on 15 January, we needed to get this message out as quickly as possible.

"We do apologise to everyone involved in these activities, or who were planning on taking part, but with the large number of COVID positive cases being reported, it is our duty to err on the side of caution."

Mayor Coxon and the Elected Council supported the decision by Executive.

"The actions taken by the Administration in relation to the current COVID crisis are fully supported by the Elected Members," Mayor Coxon said.

"Council has obligations to staff and the community to help stop the spread and while our Summer Festival events were to be open to fully vaccinated people only, we cannot afford to take the chance of spreading the virus.

"In terms of the road ahead, while it will be bumpy, our responsibility to our community is to display appropriate leadership underpinned with caution."

We have also made the decision to postpone our Australia Day Awards ceremony and will notify recipients that they will be presented with their awards at a later date in a less public setting.

"It is unfortunate that this decision has needed to be made," Mr Buss added.

"While it is important to provide events for community wellbeing, it is equally important that we ensure we do all we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community in these troubling times."