NOVEMBER'S Energy Breakthrough event in Maryborough has been cancelled, with organisers citing COVID-19 restrictions.
Energy Breakthrough committee chair and Central Goldfields Shire administrator Hugh Delahunty said the safety of participants, visitors, volunteers and Maryborough residents were paramount.
"We apologise for the disappointment this cancellation will cause but public health takes priority and we must make the necessary decisions to respond responsibly to the pandemic," Mr Delahunty said.
"We thank our schools, volunteers and sponsors for their input to our decision making, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation.
"We are committed to making our 2021 event in Maryborough the biggest and best yet."
Mr Delahunty said schools and sponsors were on board with the decision.
The event was scheduled from November 18 to 22.
The decision was made on Monday.
Next year's event will mark 30 years of Energy Breakthrough in Maryborough.
Mr Delahunty said the management committee was upbeat about the event's future.
"We are close to signing a memorandum of understanding between Central Goldfields Shire Council and Country Education Partnership which will solidify our relationship and strengthen this partnership for the future," he said.
He said the support of schools and sponsors, coupled with existing state government funding, would ensure the "much loved, award-winning event will continue to grow".
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Country Education Partnership chair Helen Clarke said partner sponsors would continue to work with Energy Breakthrough to develop education activities, so schools could maintain their involvement and be ready for the 2021 event.
She said further information for schools would soon be available on the Country Education Partnership website.
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