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The Sizzle is back!

Beloved Australian right to a Bunnings Sausage returns

In breaking news on Wednesday 30 September 2020, Bunnings announced the community sausage sizzles will return to selected stores throughout NSW and the ACT in October. Hope has been restored to the citizens of the mid-eastern state and territory.

It is part of a phased plan to resume the community fundraising and Australian pastime. So when can you get your sausage sizzle fix? The ACT sausage sizzles will re-commence on 3 October, with NSW following on 10 October.

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“We know community groups and customers in NSW and the ACT are keen to see community sausage sizzles return and we’re really excited to be bringing them back in a way that will keep everyone safe.”

-Deb Poole, Bunnings Chief Operating Officer

Bunnings suspended community sausage sizzles in March due to COVID-19. For community groups that were booked over the following month, Bunnings donated $500 gift cards to these local organisations to assist with their fundraising activities. Community groups who had sausage sizzles pre-booked during the lockdown are being prioritised for the restart, with around 130 groups booked to run events in NSW on the first weekend back and around 10 groups booked in the ACT.

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“While our community groups are taking a number of extra precautions, what hasn’t changed is the great feeling of supporting a local community group and the unmistakable taste of an Aussie sausage sizzle”

-Deb Poole, Bunnings Chief Operating Officer

Bunnings said it will continue to consult with government, team members and community groups and continue to follow the latest health advice in regards to the return of sausage sizzles in Victoria.

Before you get on out to support the local charity groups, keep in mind of changes made by Bunnings for customer and community safety:

  • Separate ordering and pick-up points to allow for 1.5 metres’ physical distancing
  • Increased cleaning processes and hygiene requirements.
  • Increased signage to guide customers.
  • NSW customers can use the Service NSW app to check-in.

The first community sausage sizzle was run 26 years ago at Bunnings Sunshine in Melbourne. Typically more than 40,000 sausage sizzles are run by local community groups each year.