St Mary’s QISSN Netball Team didn’t get the chance to compete in the statewide netball competition this year, but they did manage to avoid having their winter school vacation spoiled by the latest COVID-19 lockdown (Photo: John Dalton)

June 29, 2021

The latest round of lockdowns in Brisbane and surrounding council areas has had a knock-on effect in the South Burnett.

Saint Mary’s Catholic College students have narrowly escaped having their winter school vacation spoiled by COVID-19.

On Tuesday, the College’s netball team was due to compete in the statewide QISS Netball Carnival at Nissan Stadium in Nathan.

St Mary’s has sent teams to this annual event for the past 23 years, and this year players were hoping to excel themselves.

However, Tuesday’s State Government announcement that a snap three-day lockdown would be imposed on 13 local government areas quickly put paid to the plans.

The netball competition was cancelled at lunchtime on Tuesday, giving the students just a few hours to pack up their gear and get back to the South Burnett ahead of the lockdown deadline of 6:00pm.

A college spokesperson told the students were understandably disappointed by the sudden cancellations, but very thankful they had enough time to board buses and get safely back home before the lockdown came into effect.

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A number of local events have also been cancelled or postponed due to COVID concerns:

  • A Cherbourg Community Forum scheduled for July 1 has been postponed
  • The Ration Shed Museum at Cherbourg will be closed for the rest of this week
  • Cherbourg’s NAIDOC Day celebrations scheduled for July 6 have been postponed
  • The Ration Shed Museum’s NAIDOC film screenings on July 6 have been postponed
  • Kingaroy Junior Motorcycle Speedway Club has cancelled the Come and Try Day which was to be held at Kingaroy Showground on Saturday (July 3).
  • Darling Downs Health NAIDOC celebrations scheduled across July 5-9 at Murgon, Cherbourg, Kingaroy, Wondai and Nanango hospitals have been cancelled.

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