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VASA, Australasia’s peak trade association for specialists in auto air-conditioning, electrical and thermal management, has taken the tough decision to further postpone its flagship Wire & Gas conference until 2022.

The decision is due to ongoing uncertainty caused by regular state border closures and snap lockdowns that will likely continue well into this year, VASA said in a statement.

The confirmed rescheduled dates are Friday 29 July to Sunday 31 July, 2022.

The venue will remain at the refurbished and rebranded JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa in Surfers Paradise, Queensland.

“To honour the commitment of our delegates, sponsors, exhibitors and speakers we must do our very best to ensure that this flagship event goes ahead without the additional stress and inconvenience of rolling the dice against the potential of further outbreaks and the subsequent swift actions taken by state governments to control them,” the statement said.

 “As an industry, we all deserve for this event to be as good and successful as it possibly can. The majority of speakers and sponsors have already recommitted to the new dates, so the 2022 event promises to be as unmissable as originally planned.

“VASA will continue to work on details of the rescheduled event and will make further announcements in due course. The support of everyone involved is highly valued and much appreciated.”

Wire & Gas was originally scheduled to take place from 31 July to 2 August, 2020 but was postponed until the equivalent weekend in 2021 when it became clear that events would become impossible due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ongoing disruptions have forced the VASA Board to reschedule a second time.

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