VASA, Australasia’s peak trade association for specialists in auto air conditioning, electrical and thermal management, has postponed its flagship Wire & Gas conference until 2022 due to logistical risks posed by ongoing pandemic-related disruptions.
Wire & Gas, originally scheduled to take place from July 31 to August 2, 2020, was postponed until the equivalent weekend in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has now been shifted back again due to ongoing uncertainty caused by regular state border closures and snap lockdowns.
The event will now be held from July 29–31, 2022. It will still take place at the JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort and Spa in Surfers Paradise, Queensland – the location where VASA was founded.
“Light is visible at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel with the first shipment of vaccines rolling out this week,” says VASA. “But we are well aware that until some stability returns, members and other potential delegates would be discouraged from making the substantial financial and time investment to attend Wire & Gas from all over Australia and New Zealand.
“To honour the commitment of our delegates, sponsors, exhibitors and speakers we must do our very best to ensure that this flagship event goes ahead without the additional stress and inconvenience of rolling the dice against the potential of further outbreaks and the subsequent swift actions taken by state governments to control them.
“As an industry, we all deserve for this event to be as good and successful as it possibly can.”
VASA says the majority of speakers and sponsors have already recommitted to the new dates. It continues to work on details of the rescheduled event and will make further announcements in due course.
“The support of everyone involved is highly valued and much appreciated,” says VASA.