Maleny Wood Expo Update

2022 Maleny Wood Expo Cancelled

Barung Landcare Regretfully Cancels Maleny Wood Expo for 2022 

It is with much disappointment I announce that Barung Landcare has decided to defer the recommencement of its annual Maleny Wood Expo until 2023. 

We and our exhibitors have been actively planning this year’s Expo since September 2021. Things had looked very promising up to December and we genuinely looked forward to a bumper event to reignite community enthusiasm, and a wonderful Expo experience. However, the rapid emergence of the omicron variant of COVID 19 across Queensland and the country, has forced us to seriously rethink our plans. 

The factors that are crucial to us are the health and wellbeing of the local community, the support and ability of our exhibitors and visitors to participate, and our capacity to keep faith with our visitors by providing an outstanding event. 

We have reached the point where with only 8 weeks to go, a decision had to be made about whether it was safe and viable for the Maleny Wood Expo to go ahead, and unfortunately we are not confident at this point that we can deliver on these three crucial factors. 

We remain optimistic though (it’s all we can do through these times), and believe that by now putting our efforts into working with exhibitors and our partners to bring a reinvigorated and outstanding Expo to the Sunshine Coast in 2023 will put us in a good place for next year.

Throughout 2022, we will be working with our exhibitors to showcase their stories on the Maleny Wood Expo website and social media platforms. We know it has been an incredibly difficult time for many artisans and craftspeople who rely on such events to profile and sell their work to the public. 

We also acknowledge the social connections which have formed over the years that also contribute to the wellbeing of our community. So by bringing their stories to life, and by keeping the Wood Expo alive throughout 2022, we aim to keep this connection going! 

We are incredibly grateful for the community’s patience and understanding through this tough decision. It has not been an easy one for us to make.

We hope that you can join us online as we showcase the work of our Wood Expo community, and indulge in the opportunity to engage with them more closely should you be interested.

We look forward to seeing you in 2023.

Ian McMaster
Barung Landcare President