Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the reopening of the State’s borders, Glenorchy City Council has made the decision to cancel the Moonah Taste of the World Festival in 2022.
The event, scheduled to be held in late March 2022, is the flagship event for our City, celebrating the rich cultural diversity found within Glenorchy’s community.
This decision was not made lightly and was informed by the release of State Government modelling suggesting COVID-19 cases would likely peak around the time of the scheduled event. Even with the best control measures in place, it would be extremely difficult to guarantee Moonah Taste of the World wouldn’t become a “super-spreader” event capable of adversely impacting the health of workers, contractors, volunteers, event participants and the general community.
It is Council’s duty (under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012) to take reasonably practicable measures to ensure the health and safety of workers and of people who come into contact with Council operations. This was also been considered when finalising the decision to cancel the event.
Following the round of expressions of interest for performers and stallholders and notification to successful participants, the decision to cancel was communicated as early as possible to avoid the inevitable loss of funds by cancelling nearer to the event date.
Nevertheless, this has been a difficult decision given the significance of the event for Council and the community.
Council is now reviewing other ways we can celebrate our multicultural heart in our City.