Border uncertainty sees two Gold Coast events cancelled

Supercars has confirmed that this year’s Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500 will not take place, due to ongoing safety and logistic concerns brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Surfers Paradise event had been scheduled as the final round of the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship to run over 3-5 December.

Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said the decision has been made prior to construction work beginning on the circuit, which was due to begin in coming weeks.

“Given the evolving and unpredictable COVID situation, it has become increasingly challenging to stage a complex multi-faceted event on the streets of Surfers Paradise for tens of thousands of spectators this year,” he said.

“We understand that our fans were looking forward to the season finale on the Gold Coast. To cancel the event for a second year is an incredibly difficult decision, but a necessary one.

“We thank the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland and the City of Gold Coast and Major Events Gold Coast for their ongoing support.

“We fully intend to return to the Surfers Paradise street circuit in 2022 and we are confident that everything is headed in the right direction for us to do so in spectacular style.”

The inaugural Gold Coast Beer and Cider Festival scheduled for 23 October has also been postponed, with the prospect of continued border closures making it impossible for interstate brewers to participate.

The event has been rescheduled for October 2022, with City of Gold Coast council confirming the event venue in the Broadwater Parklands.

Festival organiser Jenny Farrell said that when the event was conceived in the middle of the year it was assumed that the border situation would have stabilised by October allowing full participation by interstate brewers.

“Unfortunately, it now seems very unlikely that borders between Queensland and New South Wales and Victoria will reopen in the near future, which would prevent brewers from these major states attending the festival,” she said.

“The decision is disappointing but unfortunately necessary. We want the Festival to become the benchmark craft brew festival In Queensland, and so it is critical that we launch the event in optimum conditions.

“Hopefully, conditions next year will be more favourable to attract visitors from both Queensland and interstate.”