2019 ANZAC Day Civic Ceremony to be held on Rod Laver Plaza
Published on 23 April 2019
This year Rockhampton’s traditional ANZAC Day march will take a new route through the CBD with the Civic Ceremony also changing location to Rod Laver Plaza on the Riverside.
The parade will commence at its usual starting point at Archer and Alma Street, and will run down East Street to William Street and on to Quay Street, followed by the Civic Ceremony at 11am.
Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow said the new location for the Civic Ceremony, previously held at the front of City Hall, provides an inviting and easily accessible area with plenty of seating and space for attendees and spectators.
“After many years of holding the Civic Ceremony at the front of City Hall, we will be relocating the ceremony to the beautiful Riverside as we honour the servicemen and women of our country on this important occasion,” Mayor Strelow said.
“Our city has a very long and proud tradition of celebrating ANZAC day, particularly as we were the first city in the country to hold a Dawn Service in 1916.
“It’s always a very special day seeing our veterans, families and school children fill our city streets for the march, and those who cheer them on waving our great Australian flag, all to commemorate those you paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
“Services will also be held across the region in Mount Morgan, Alton Downs, Gracemere, Westwood, Marmor, and Bouldercombe.”
ANZAC Day March Route
Assembly at 9am, step off at 9.57am from intersection of Archer and Alma Streets. March moves along Archer Street, turns right into Victoria Parade, under Fitzroy Bridge, right into Fitzroy Street, left into and along East Street, left into William Street and right into Quay Street as directed by traffic controllers.
Temporary Road Closure Details for CBD Businesses and Residents
Changed traffic conditions will be in place between 6:00am and 1:00pm Thursday 25th April 2019, to facilitate the Anzac Day March.
For the safety of event organisers and the community, the below temporary road closure conditions will be in place:
- Alma Street – between Cambridge and Fitzroy Streets
- Alma Lane – between Cambridge and Archer Streets
- Archer Street – between Denison Street and Victoria Parade
- Bolsover Lane – between Cambridge and Archer Streets
- Denham Street – between East Lane and Quay Street
- East Street – between Fitzroy Street and Market Lane
- East Lane/Quay Lane – between Cambridge and Fitzroy Streets
- Fitzroy Street – between Quay and East Streets
- Quay Lane – between Fitzroy and William Streets
- Victoria Parade/Quay Street – between Archer and Derby Streets
- Royal Street – between East Street and Victoria Parade
- William Street – between East Lane and Quay Street
Please note the Fitzroy Bridge will NOT be closed. Motorist and pedestrians are asked to exercise caution and observe all signs and traffic directions.
Rockhampton Dawn Service
Dawn Service at 4.27am, Cenotaph, Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. Please bring a torch and jumper with you to the Service. Parking at the Botanic Gardens is very limited, so please use the free Sunbus service.
March assembles at 4am in front of the shops. Lawrie Street. Step-off at 4.27am. Dawn Service at 4.30am, Gracemere Cenotaph, RSL, James Street. Participants are invited to attend a Gunfire breakfast in the RSL Club Rooms after the Service.
March assembles at 11.45am, Westwood Hall, Capricorn Highway. Step-off at 12 noon. Service at 12.30pm, Westwood Hall, Capricorn Highway. Participants are invited to remain after the Service for lunch and drinks.
Stenhouse Park – Lakes Creek (24 April 2019)
Service at 11am, Stenhouse Park - Lakes Creek Road.
Dawn Service at 4.27am, Lions Memorial Park, Leanne Hinchliffe Drive, Burnett Highway. Participants are invited to attend a breakfast after the Service at the Recreation Complex.
Alton Downs Service
Dawn Service at 4.27am, Alton Downs Hall Cenotaph, corner of Nicholson and Ridgelands Roads. Participants are invited to a Gunfire breakfast at the Alton Downs Hall after the Service.
Dawn Service at 4.27am, Marmor Memorial Park, Tynan Street.
March assembles at 3.45pm, CWA Hall, Westacott Street. Step-off at 4.05pm.
Service at 4.27pm, Marmor Memorial Park, Tynan Street.
Participants are invited to attend a breakfast at the Marmor Fire Brigade after the Dawn Service. A BBQ will be held at the Railway Hotel Beer Garden after the March and afternoon Service.
Mount Morgan Service
Dawn Service at 4.30am, Anzac Park - Morgan Street (Form up at 4.15am).
March assembles at 10.30am, School of Arts, Morgan Street. Step-off at 10.45am.
Service at 11am, Anzac Park - Morgan Street.
A Gunfire Breakfast will be held at 5am at the Community Services Club, Morgan Street.
Rats of Tobruk Association Rockhampton Branch
Service at 8am, Jeffries Park – Corner of Alma and Albert Streets. March assembles at 9am, Jeffries Park - Archer Street. Participants are invited to remain after the Service for a cup of tea.
C.Q. Military Museum
Breakfast and other activities will be held at the Drill Hall on Archer Street from 5am to 5pm. Gunfire breakfast from 5am to 10am for $7. Museum opens at 9am, free entry. The bar will operate and there will be an all day sausage sizzle ($2.50 for a sausage) following the March.