Cotton Australia has decided to cancel the 2021 Australian Cotton Collective and postpone the 2021 Australian Cotton Industry Awards dinner. The events were due to be held in Toowoomba on August 24-26. In a message to the industry, Cotton Australia Chairman Hamish McIntyre said it was with great disappointment that the events would not be held as scheduled but the decision was made due to the unacceptable risk to the health and safety of attendees posed by the growing COVID-19 outbreaks in south-east Queensland and NSW.
Other contributing factors for the decision were limitations to attendance presented by border closures, and the wet winter constricting the availability of growers to leave their farm and attend the Collective.
"Cotton Australia is disappointed to have had to make this decision, but places the utmost importance on adhering to public health orders and ensuring the health and safety of individuals," said Hamish. "Full refunds will be provided to those who have bought tickets."
Cotton Australia will now work towards staging a function to recognise the Awards nominees and recipients at a time when it is safe and COVID restrictions allow.
Cotton Australia’s Annual General Meeting, which was due to be held during the Collective, will now be held as an online event.