Can we just start 2020 again or can it be 2021 already? As I write this, we have just completed 4 weeks of our 6‑week lockdown here in Melbourne. We are waiting with anticipation whether the lockdown will be lifted on 13 September or whether it will be extended. With the lockdown only allowing us to stay within our 5km radius and only allowing us here in Melbourne to leave home for essential services, I have not taken the FJ ute out on the road in quite a little while. All I seem to be doing is starting it up and moving it up and down the driveway.
Some members may know my modified van is getting there (thanks to a fellow member) but due to lockdown, it has stalled a little. In the next few months I might put some pics in the forthcoming newsletters to show of the progress.
Now the bad news (although expected) on Sunday 30 August 2020, the nationals committee met, where it was decided to officially cancel the Nationals that were to be held in Cooma at Christmas time. For those who have motel bookings, it is recommended that you call the motel and cancel your booking. For those who have entered please contact the nationals as per your entry form to organise your refund.
As I am on the nationals committee, I want to publicly state here that the cooperation that we have had with the Snowy Monaro Regional Council has been quite poor, even if it was an undisturbed year, they were not all that inviting on us being there, which is strange considering all that Cooma and the surrounds have gone through this year pre COVID especially with the summer bushfires.
Anyway, watch this space re 2022 as there is a few things up in the air and when the dust settles, we may have a better idea of what the 2022 Nationals will be.
Our member fees are past due for those that have not paid, please contact the Treasurer or myself if you have concerns on how to pay this or having some difficulties.
There will be a zoom chat for Wednesday 2nd of September 2020 at 8.00pm and by the time you are reading this report, you should have received the zoom invitation.
Anyway, I want to close this report with positivity. At least now it is September we are now in Spring and out of winter, so surely here in Melbourne (and Victoria) things can only get better.
More important than ever, please stay safe and look after each other.