The Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash will be pushed back by five weeks, with the inaugural music festival now set to run from September 23-25.
Greg Donovan, the owner and managing director of organiser Outback Music Festival Group, said that the Covid landscape had changed dramatically since the hugely success Birdsville Big Red Bash event was staged in outback Queensland last week.
“We had a wonderful window that allowed us to safely stage the Birdsville Big Red Bash last week,” said Donovan.
“It’s mind blowing how much the situation has changed in such a short period of time, but given the dramatic turn we had to adapt and concede that despite the strength of our Covid planning it was not practical, or fair to Broken Hill locals, for us to push forward trying to make the original August event dates.
“The safety of our patrons and the communities that we operate in is always of paramount importance to us, and pushing our dates back is the right decision.”
Broken Hill City Council Mayor Darriea Turley said she hoped the situation will have settled by September.
“We absolutely understand and support the decision to postpone the event,” she said.
“It’s the right move to ensure everyone’s safety, and we thank the organisers for prioritising the health of our community and Bash attendees.”
The organisers said they will continue working with NSW Health on delivering a COVID-safe event, with the 2 million square metre festival site ensuring that social distancing will be easy to accommodate with just 10,000 patrons.
The Mundi Mundi Bash will now take place in the same month as the Broken Heel Festival, the Silver City Show, the local AFL Grand Final, the Milparinka Gymkhana, and the White Cliffs Art Festival.
Turley told the ABC the month could be “Super September” as long as the Sydney outbreak didn’t escalate.
“Watching what happens in Sydney, as long as the regions are safe, I’m sure those events will go ahead,” she said.
“We’ve worked really hard to build up tourism and to support a whole range of events, it could be a great month or it could be a challenge for all of us.”