After much consideration the Cook Classic Steering Committee, together with event Patron, Prime Minister Scott Morrison have moved to cancel this year’s IMB Bank Cook Community Classic.
The Committee deemed there was no safe way to hold the event and ensure community health safety. It would have been the Classic’s 13th year raising money and awareness for community groups in the Sutherland Shire and St George areas.
The Classic Carnival was to be held on Sunday November 8 at Cronulla Beach and Park with all the usual events such as the community swim, four way surf club relay and beach football on the sand with the community fete in the adjoining park.
The Carnival attracts upwards of 5000 people throughout the day.
The Committee determined there was no safe way to monitor the public’s movements, issuing tickets or recording personal details.
Whilst the community swimming event was considered as an isolated event, recent storm damage at the beach has left the beach exposed with rocks creating a further safety risk.
Prime Minister and Member for Cook Scott Morrison said he was disappointed for the community that the Cook Classic couldn’t go ahead.
“We’ll be back bigger and better than ever next year,” the Prime Minister said.
“The Committee explored a range of ideas to keep the event going this year but our number one focus is keeping our community safe.
“I know this is another blow in a series of bad news this year but I have no doubt that as always the Cook community will come together to support one another and to support the businesses and organisations that are the biggest beneficiaries of the Cook Classic and Carnival each year.”
The sponsors and community groups involved with the Classic have also supported the cancellation of the event in 2020.
“We support the Committee’s decision to cancel this year’s IMB Bank Cook Community Classic,” said IMB Bank Chief Executive, Robert Ryan.
“A cautious approach to large community events makes perfect sense in this time of uncertainty, especially as the community is building to recovery. We will continue our community support through the IMB Bank Community Foundation and look forward to the Classic’s program in 2021.”
“The Bate Bay Clubs and their members are disappointed at the decision to cancel the Cook Community Classic this year, but acknowledge that this is the correct decision given the current situation. All four Clubs look forward to next years Classic and their participation in such a great community event.”
The main fundraising element of the Classic has still gone ahead with community groups out and about now selling raffle tickets to raise money for their community organisations in a COVID-safe way. Keep an eye out at your local footy game, shopping centre or mall. Tickets are $2 each with some great prizes available.