Looking Different in 2020
Sadly, due to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on many of our Victorian communities, the Energy Breakthrough Festival scheduled to occur in late November, has been cancelled.
However, Country Education Partnership, along with the Central Goldfields Shire, and the Energy Breakthrough partner sponsors are committed to supporting the schools involved in the program to continue their involvement by assisting with individual school support, and linking our partner sponsors to individual schools, providing expertise and mentoring.
Helen Clarke, Chair of the Country Education Partnership, said it is disappointing that we had to cancel the Energy Breakthrough in Maryborough, though she was quick to point out that CEP is keen to support those schools involved to continue with the education program within their schools.
‘We are pleased that our partner sponsors Transurban, Latrobe University, and Regional Roads Victoria will continue to work with the Energy Breakthrough to develop education activities so that schools can maintain their involvement in 2020 and be ready for the bigger and better event in 2021.’
‘Already we have linked 11 schools with key personnel from Transurban, who will provide a valuable mentor and support role to these schools in enhancing their Energy Breakthrough program. Additionally, both Regional Roads and La Trobe University will identify ways they may be able to support schools in the coming weeks. So keep your eyes out for correspondence to come through.’
Central Goldfields Shire Administrator and Chair of the Energy Breakthrough Committee Hugh Delahunty said the safety of participants, visitors, volunteers and the local Maryborough residents were paramount in the decision to cancel the festival.
‘We apologise for the disappointment this cancellation will cause but public health takes priority and we must make the necessary decisions to respond responsibly to the pandemic.’
‘We thank our schools, volunteers and our sponsors for their input into our decision making, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation.’
‘We’re committed to making our 2021 event in Maryborough the biggest and best yet. Our schools and sponsors are on board and this, coupled with the State Government’s $1.5 million funding boost announced in May will supplement the already provided funding from the Department of Education and Training, to ensure this much loved, award-winning event will continue to grow.’