Without a doubt the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions have impacted everyone in some way.
It is inspiring to watch how many people have thought outside the box to continue to keep their businesses viable. Online sales, expanded takeaway services, changes to sporting competitions are some adjustments that quickly spring to mind.
But there are many other activities that have not been so easy to continue and the arts and entertainment industries are two which have been hard hit.
Concerts, festivals and long-standing popular annual events have been cancelled. Planning for future events is challenging and fraught with potential disappoint. Uncertainty is the biggest hurdle.
The most recent pandemic casualty in this region is the Goulburn and District Art Society's 2020 annual art prize. It has been an artistic highlight for 15 years, but not in 2020.
It is a loss to the community as far as being an artistic drawcard and calendar highlight. But sadly the greatest loss is to the many talented artists of the region who see the event as an opportunity to showcase their work.
However, organisers remain optimistic for the future of the event, setting their sights on a 'bigger and better event' in 2021.
Not all is lost in the world of art and entertainment this year with plans underway for a special concert to be held at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery by the Sally Marett Quartet featuring acclaimed bassist Brendan Clarke.
In an era of thinking outside the box, this free concert will be streamed live from the gallery. It's part of a state-wide initiative whereby regional galleries are staging live music streams to keep people entertained during the current pandemic.
It is apparent that creativity is not just about what you deliver, but finding ways to continue to deliver in 2020.
We aim to continue to keep you informed about what is happening across the region and we are eager to share those good news stories where ever possible.