Golden Square Pool has become the latest community group to cancel its Australia Day event due to coronavirus restrictions making it difficult to plan events.
Pool committee president Sam Kane said the team had worked hard over the last five weeks to plan their annual Australia Day pool party but the policies and processes required had put increased pressure on volunteers.
"We worked really hard to see if we could make Australia Day work," he said. "The biggest factor was the increase in pressure an event that size puts on volunteers. We didn't want volunteers giving up their time under increased pressure to do that (and) we thought the best decision was to not have an event."
Mr Kane said the pool held 12 community events last swimming season but had been unable to host any this season.
"We've had zero events this season," he said. "New Year's Eve was the classic on our calendar that was quite a big night, usually with 400 or 500 people. This year we couldn't do that."
Along with Golden Square Pool, the Rotary Club of Bendigo Sandhurst's Australia Day market at Lake Weeroona and the Rotary Club of Eaglehawk's traditional Australia Day breakfast have both been called off.
"Bendigo is so well known for local community groups putting on events," Mr Kane said. "I know a lot of groups are being innovative but (it is still) a challenge.
"Once we get through this uncertainty that is still lingering and develop new ways of dong things that work for the community and for safety, that will be wonderful."
"(Everyone) has had to go through processes and policies for COVID and that's what we are doing. We will just keep doing that and if events are allowed, we will make it happen."