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Sydney Harbour

Hello and Welcome,

Member Survey: When do we Resume Face-To-Face Meetings?

Now that "everyone" is resuming everyday life after the Pandemic, the Committee would like to know your preference on resuming face-to-face meetings.

Steve South has prepared another short Survey to help test the mood of the Membership.

It has only these questions: Do you wish to resume meetings in November? Or would you prefer January or February 2022?

To have your say, please go to the Member Survey.

Thank you.

— Ed.

SMSA Reopening & Venue Hire plans

In line with the Service NSW Reopening NSW Roadmap, detailing the post lockdown plans after the state reaches double vaccination rates of 70%, I am delighted to announce that the SMSA will be reopening its doors on Monday 11 October from 9:00 am.

Venue Hire can recommence for fully vaccinated people providing we adhere to strict operational terms and conditions as outlined on the Service NSW website.

On reopening, there will be some physical distancing and safety regulations that must be observed at all times when visiting the SMSA.

Masks are mandatory inside all SMSA venues until further notice. All guests must register via the QR codes displayed in the GF Lobby and around Level 1. Hand sanitiser is available on all floors as well.

The 4m2 (four square metres) per person rule has been reinstated, which impacts room capacities.

The Henry Carmichael Theatre will be temporarily restricted to 50 attendees in total.

Single meeting rooms will be restricted to 7 guests and a Double Meeting Room 14 guests in total.

Please note, as stated on the website, "Only fully vaccinated people and those with medical exemptions will have access to the freedoms allowed under the Reopening NSW roadmap".

Over the next week, I will determine how to appropriately and confidentially collect this information. Any groups who have upcoming confirmed bookings will be contacted directly. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries about your events.

Changes to these restrictions are currently scheduled for 1 December, depending on vaccination rates. I will send an email to all hirers closer to that date detailing those changes.

2022 Bookings - Open! Are you planning your future events? The SMSA will reopen from 5th January and are happily taking your bookings for the new year. Click here to complete a venue hire enquiry form or give the SMSA a call on (02) 9262 7300 to discuss your options.

We thank you for your patience during this lockdown and look forward to welcoming you back to onsite events at the SMSA.

Kind regards,

Kylie Campbell
Venue & Building Services Coordinator

SMSA (Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts)
280 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
02 9262 7300 | smsa.org.au

Meeting This Week

Penrith Group - Saturday, 6 Nov - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the Penrith City Library

The meeting starts typically with a Q&A session around the table to enable members to share problems, advice and computer tips.

The group will then discuss any other technology or computer topics of interest.

[ This meeting is suspended during the current COVID-19 Lockdown period — Ed. ]

— Jeff Garland

Meetings Next Week

Programming - Tuesday, 9 Nov - 5:30 pm (6:00 pm meeting start) - 8:00 pm

Hi Team,

We will be running this meeting using Jitsi; details later by e-mail.

See the Progsig Meeting Reports:


See you on Tuesday, at 6 pm.


— Steve OBrien

Friday Forum - Friday, 12 Nov - 9:30 am (10:00 am meeting start) - noon

We'll have the usual Q&A and other discussions. [ SMSA May be OPEN; see above. ]

— Tim Kelly

Schedule of Current & Upcoming Meetings ‡

80 2021/11/06 — 14:00-17:00 — 06 Nov, Sat — Penrith Group, Penrith City Library Suspended
81 2021/11/09 — 17:30-20:30 — 09 Nov, Tue — Programming via Jitsi
82 2021/11/12 — 10:00-12:30 — 12 Nov, Fri — Friday Forum, L1 Carmichael Room Cancelled
84 2021/11/16 — 09:30-12:30 — 16 Nov, Tue — Tuesday Group, L1 Woolley Room Cancelled
85 2021/11/20 — 13:30-16:30 — 20 Nov, Sat — Web Design via Zoom
86 2021/11/23 — 17:30-20:30 — 23 Nov, Tue — MAIN Meeting via Zoom
87 2021/11/26 — 09:30-12:30 — 26 Nov, Fri — Digital Photography via Zoom

‡ As decided after assessing the Members' wishes (resumption of face-to-face meetings) via the latest Online Survey.

Please go to the SPC&TUG Newsletter for 1 - 6 NOVEMBER 2021 in SWAY format.

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Bob Backstrom
~ Newsletter Editor ~

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