Cancellation of APGA events due to Covid-19
APGA Chief Executive Officer Steve Davies has advised members and friends of the association that APGA has cancelled all face-to-face events until the end of May due to Covid-19.
Mr Davies made the announcement following a meeting of the APGA Board. In a letter to all APGA members and friends, Mr Davies wrote:
"After a great deal of consideration of the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding the likely impact of Covid-19 in Australia, the APGA Board has decided to cancel all APGA face-to-face events scheduled for March, April and May 2020.
"This will mean the following events will not be going ahead as currently scheduled:
- Adelaide Dinner on Thursday 19 March
- Melbourne POG Meeting on Wednesday 1 April
- Melbourne POG Seminar on Thursday 2 April
- Perth Networking Drinks on Thursday 23 April
- Melbourne Women’s Leadership Development Program on Wednesday 29 April (new date to be scheduled)
- Brisbane HS&E Seminar on Thursday 14 May
- Brisbane Dinner on Thursday 14 May
"All registration and sponsorship fees that have been paid for any of these events will be refunded in full. Information on this aspect will be circulated shortly.
"We are examining options for alternative events for the technical seminars and the POG meeting that will not require people to travel or gather in one place. We will keep you advised of developments in relation to these events as soon as possible.
"Australia’s Chief Medical Officer has advised that mass gatherings involving 500 people or more should be cancelled. While these APGA events would be much smaller than that, we have taken this step in what we believe are the best interests of our members, our staff and our friends.
"We realise that the networking provided by our events is a vital part of doing business in the pipeline industry and this decision was not taken lightly. However, we also recognise that these steps will fit well with temporary changes that are being introduced by our members and that such measures will assist in the national management of Covid-19.
"We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused by this decision.
"We will keep you up to date with our planning in how we manage the impacts of Covid-19 and with the new events that we will introduce to replace some of those we have cancelled."