Considering the pandemic situation, I am sure that it will come as the increasing gravity of the no surprise to hear that the committee, after carefully considering the implications of holding the cinema event on 28 March, has decided that it would be wiser to cancel the gathering.

Deliberations have been based on news on 13 March from the World Health Organisation and Chief Medical Officer in Australia, especially since the Society has members in an age group which could be more seriously affected by a Covid-19 infection.

The committee apologises for any inconvenience caused to those who have purchased tickets, and hopes that people will understand that the decision has been taken in order to minimise the risks to everyone.

Those who have prepurchased tickets for the cinema are advised to hold onto them and to use them for entry to the next public society meeting which they attend.

The committee also considered future public meetings on the fourth Saturday of each month.

Given that the current thinking is that the peak of the infection in Queensland may not come for several months, the decision has been made to cancel the meeting on Anzac Day, 25 April.

The committee will keep abreast of the progression of the virus and relevant health warnings and make a decision on future meetings as time goes by and new information comes to hand.

Details about future monthly meetings will be conveyed by email or posted mail.

Thank you in anticipation of your understanding, plus special thanks to Peter Sourris from New Farm Cinemas for his cooperation and consideration.

Ross Garnett | President