It is with deep regret that we announce that Australia’s International Dairy Week 2021, due to be held from 17th to 21st January, will not be going ahead. For many of you this news will be expected, but after 30 years it is still a hard call to make. Although we sincerely hoped we could run IDW 2021, we find with current restrictions we really have no choice. We know it is the right decision and that we need to make some sacrifices to get through the current circumstances.
In making the decision to cancel the event IDW have of course been acting within all Victorian and Federal Government instructions to keep us all safe from COVID-19. With the uncertainty of borders re-opening, the slow and gradual reopening of Victoria and many economic challenges in providing a COVID safe event we recognise the many challenges in trying to set up and run the week in a safe and responsible manner. We cannot, hand on heart, put in place and meet all necessary requirements so the responsible decision to make, for all of us involved, is to cancel IDW 2021. We realise this will impact many, particularly the Tatura community.
Over 30 years IDW has experienced a fair bit and we have worked through many moments. When we come together in January we are more than a cow show and Dairy extravaganza, we are a community. We spend the week together enjoying each others’ companionship, we are networking, learning about great products, watching great cows, enjoying the strawberries and icecream, complaining about the heat and ultimately joining in the celebrations when hard work and perseverance is rewarded.
We are committed to IDW 2022 and will be working with our many sponsors, exhibitors and community volunteer groups to have us all back together again and enjoy what has become a regular annual event in our lives. The spirit of IDW will continue.
I encourage you all to take the necessary steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call any of the team:
Robyn – 0418 656 082
Scott – 0407 325 713
Brian – 0418 365 934
We can’t wait to welcome you back and continue the tradition of IDW in January 2022.