GOOD NEWS: ANZAC Day 2021 to go ahead without restrictions

THERE is good news this week for people wanting to celebrate ANZAC Day in groups this weekend.

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Deputy Premier Steven Miles announced yesterday dawn services, marches and other outdoor commemorations can go ahead without restrictions this year.

ANZAC Day takes place on Sunday, April 25 this year, with Monday, April 26 a public holiday in Queensland.

Mr Miles told reporters yesterday communities, families and individuals have choices this year as to how they mark ANZAC Day 2021.

“They can do it like they normally would or they can light the dawn,” he said.

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Mr Miles said ANZAC Day was one of the most important dates on the Australian calendar.

State President for RSL Queensland Tony Ferris said it was fantastic ANZAC Day events would go ahead without restrictions this year.

“I encourage all Queenslanders to get to a dawn service if you can’t get to a dawn service, get to a march. Failing that, please go out and light up the dawn, similar to what we did last year. I encourage everyone to just take that time and commemorate those who have given and those who are currently giving,” Mr Ferris said.

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He said some events had been “stalled” this year due to COVID-19 and people not having enough time to plan or promote them.

“But there are still a great number of events still going on.”

Mr Ferris said he expected large numbers of people to attend ANZAC Day services this year.

“Because of restrictions last year, we will see greater numbers this year. But again, if you don’t feel well, please don’t turn up.”

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Mr Ferris said he expected most RSL Sub branches in Queensland would go ahead and hold some sort of service.

Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk took to Facebook to confirm there would be no restrictions on events.

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The Fraser Coast Regional Council has released a list of services taking place across the region this weekend:

Maryborough

Dawn Service commences 5.45am at Queens Park Cenotaph.
Main service starts at 9.30am at Queens Park Cenotaph.

Hervey Bay

Dawn service commences 5.15am Freedom Park, Main Street, Pialba.
Main march commences 10.15am to Freedom Park, Main Street, Pialba.

Tiaro

Dawn service commences 6.00am at Queens Park Cenotaph, Memorial Gardens – Mayne Street Tiaro. 

Howard 

Dawn Service Parade forms at RSL Hall, Steley Street 4.20am, Dawn Service at 4.28am and Cemetery service commences 5am.
Main Parade forms 7.20am Community Centre Carpark, for 7.30am parade. 

Burrum Heads

Main Parade forms 8.00am Burrum Heads Boat Ramp, for 8.15am march to Burrum Heads Memorial for 8.30am service. 

Toogoom 

Dawn Service 5.45am at Wall of Remembrance (adjacent to) Toogoom Community Hall followed by gunfire breakfast at hall.

River Heads

Dawn Service 5.50am at River Heads Community Hall, Ariadne Street followed by gunfire breakfast at hall.

Poona

Dawn Service commences 6.00am at Poona Centenary Hall, followed by gunfire breakfast at hall.

Miva

Main service 11.00am Miva QCWA Rooms, 1186 Miva Road, Miva. 

Tinnnanbar

To be confirmed.

Tinana

No Service.

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