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Gippsland South Anzac Day services must go ahead

There should be no reason why modified Anzac Day commemorations should not go ahead locally, according to The Nationals Gippsland South MP, Danny O’Brien.

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

“Planning is well underway for April 25 commemorations, but country service clubs remain in the dark on how, or if, the Government expects them to comply with restrictions on crowd limits, social distancing or mask wearing.”

Mr O’Brien 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.

“Every year our local veterans and the community faithfully stand and remember the fallen and the sacrifices of previous generations.  If we can have 50,000 people at the MCG for the football, there is no reason that Covid-safe local Anzac Day services can’t go ahead at places like Sale, Leongatha, Korumburra, Foster, Mirboo North and Port Albert.”

“COVID restrictions cancelled our local commemorations last year. At a time when the Andrews 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.”

Shadow Minister for Veterans Tim Bull said it was pleasing to see the Andrews Government had finally listened to The 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 to remember those who came before us and fought to protect the life we live today,” Mr Bull said.

“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.

“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.”

The Nationals Gippsland South MP, Danny O’Brien, says local Anzac Day services must be allowed to go ahead.

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