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Attached is the latest edition of Quilty news with updates on progress being made at the Quilty and a detailed account of the 5 legs of the Quilty track.

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The VERA SMC is looking for people who are interested in nominating for the VERA State team to compete at the 2021 Tom Quilty event in Western Australia. Attached is the Tom Quilty Gold Cup State Team policy outlining the requirements for nominating and the responsibilities of being considered as a part of the team. As yet, a determination has not been made as to how many Victorian teams that will be entered as this will be dependent upon the number of nominations received.

The AERA Management Committee would like to provide an update on the development project that is currently underway to deliver an inhouse system to support ride nominations. AERA, via its AERA Database Sub-committee (SC) commenced investigating the possibility of building the AERASpace Online Nomination System (ONS) some time ago. The SC investigated a number of commercial online nomination systems from the perspective of integrating to an already built system. After sitting through a number of demonstrations of these products and talking with representatives of the software development companies the SC weighed up a number of factors including:

The Ride Organisers of the Del’s Waterloo Ride have advised that they are not able to proceed with the ride which was to be held on 4 & 5 September 2021.  The VERA SMC would like to thank the ROs for their efforts and willingness to get this ride up and going and fully support their decision.  The SMC acknowledge the difficulty in this decision and appreciate the early notice for members.

The VERA SMC would like to congratulate Paul Nugent on passing his Chief Steward exam recently and attaining his provisional Chief Steward status. This is the first step towards becoming a fully fledged Chief Steward. Please pass on your congrats to Paul when you next see him at a ride and thank him for his ongoing support of our sport.

If you are one of the people who have qualified for this new award presented by AERA please get your application form completed and submitted. If you know of anyone who may no longer be involved in the sport, but who is qualified, please let them know. The following are the Victorians included on the Decades Team listing:

After a lot of consideration and much discussion Matt and Shanna have decided to cancel the Murray River Ride. The uncertainty of whether there will be an extension to the lockdown on top of a very likely gradual lifting of restrictions and the risk of a large gathering, particularly in light of the irresponsible actions that led to the lockdown, makes it difficult to proceed with the event. The timeframes are too tight to finalise track marking and other preparations now that stay at home orders are in place.

The VERA SMC fully supports this decision and thanks the ROs for their responsible approach as well as the care and consideration for their local community.

Refunds will be organised in the next few days. Thank you for your understanding.