| March 10, 2021

Lowan Anzac Day services must go ahead

Our RSL clubs are still in the dark on what requirements – if any – the Andrews Labor Government will impose on local Anzac Day services.

Planning is well underway for April 25 commemorations, but country service clubs do not yet know how, or if, the government expects them to comply with restrictions on crowd limits, social distancing or mask wearing.

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy said Anzac Day was too important to local people for the Andrews Labor Government to wait until the last minute to provide a way forward.

“It’s so important we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedom, democracy and peaceful lifestyle we enjoy today, and allow our veterans the opportunity to be honoured publicly for their service,” she said.

“COVID restrictions cancelled our local commemorations last year. At a time when the government is saying it’s safe to reopen nightclub dancefloors and have large crowds at festivals, it must find a way for us to remember our veterans.”

Ms Kealy said it was pleasing to see the Andrews Labor Government had finally listened to the Liberal Nationals’ calls for a rethink on the Anzac Day march, but urged further direction for smaller clubs.

“Anzac Day is deeply significant for all Victorians. Many country communities often have well over 1000 people come together at Anzac Day events across the state – they must be given a clear way forward,” she said.

“Setting out clear, common-sense guidelines will ensure we can all safely come together on Anzac Day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, those who came home and those who still serve today.”

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