AgQuip's fate in the hands of NSW Chief Health Officer

AgQuip decision to be made by NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant

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The AgQuip field days are slated to take place in Gunnedah from August 17 to 19.

The AgQuip field days are slated to take place in Gunnedah from August 17 to 19.

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NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant will decide if the AgQuip field days can proceed next month.

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The fate of Australia's largest agricultural field day sits in limbo as New South Wales' latest coronvirus outbreak intensifies.

The lockdown in NSW has been extended until Friday, July 16, and the state recorded 38 new community cases on Thursday, its highest daily figure in more than 14 months.

AgQuip is slated to take place in Gunnedah from August 17 to 19 but organisers have had to submit revised plans in accordance with the latest restrictions.

ACM Rural Events group manager Kate Nugent said they had been working very closely with NSW Health and the police while planning the event.

Ms Nugent said NSW field days were given an exemption in guidelines issued late last year but revised decisions on whether outdoor events would continue rested in the hands of NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant.

"NSW Health is making an assessment and we, outdoor events, have a requirement which has only just come into play with these lockdowns and restrictions to seek an update of exclusion exemption," Ms Nugent said.

"We have only just now been asked to put in our COVID-Safe plans, and an update of our plans working with the four square metre rules, and that can only be approved by the Chief Health Officer."

Ms Nugent said the AgQuip site could support current requirements and while they understood the focus on keeping regional communities safe, another cancellation would have an impact on the agricultural and machinery sectors.

"We appreciate it will have significant economic ramifications if AgQuip has to be cancelled for a second time," she said.

NSW Health has been contacted for comment.

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