ANZAC Day commemorations happening next week
Published on 20 April 2023
Community members, groups and residents of the Rockhampton Region will come together this Tuesday to pause, remember and commemorate ANZAC Day and those who have served past and present.
Rockhampton Region Mayor Tony Williams said ANZAC Day is a day to remember and honour those who went before us from the Gallipoli landing in 1915 through to the many campaigns and current operations of today.
“ANZAC Day is a day to pay our respects, and it warms my heart to see so many opportunities for our community to do just that,” Mayor Williams said.
“The events are being held right across our region and ensure all residents will be able to find and attend a local service or march in their area.”
Chair of the Rockhampton ANZAC Day Committee Councillor Drew Wickerson said the event organisers have gone above and beyond to ensure the success of the events.
“To allow the commemorations to occur and ensure the safety of participants temporary road closures will be in place on 25 April in Rockhampton from 3.00am to 6.00am for roads adjacent to the Botanic Gardens and from 6.00am to 1.00pm for roads in the CBD,” Cr Wickerson said.
“This year, there will be there will be a bus shuttle operating for the Dawn Service from Fantastic Furniture carpark to the Botanic Gardens. Departing 3am to 4am and returning 5.15am to 6.15am.
“Limited parking will be available at The Rockhampton Golf Club, Mater Hospital, and the temporary car park off Agnes Street.
“We encourage attendees to carpool to events, organise travel plans prior to attending and ensure traffic safety by obeying road rules and following traffic controller instructions.
“I am looking forward to attending a local service and march and being able to pay my respects to our armed forces.
“This year marks the 50th anniversary of the end of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War, and we want to take time this year to honour and remember the service of some 60,000 Australian men and women who served in the Vietnam War and their families.
"This year also marked the 80th anniversary of the foundation of Australia’s only all-Indigenous military unit. Formed in 1943, the Torres Strait Light Infantry Battalion was raised to defend Australia’s northern lands from the threat of Japanese invasion during World War 2.
“Between Council Services and those held by community groups, there are many events across the region for community members to attend and pay their respects.”
Full list of road closures and event details below.
EVENTS AND ASSOCIATED TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES
Rockhampton Dawn Service
Dawn Service at 4.27am, Cenotaph, Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. Please bring a torch and jumper with you to the Service.
The service will coincide with the time the first ANZAC soldier set foot on Gallipoli local time
Rockhampton Dawn Service Road Closures
From 3.00am to 6.00am Spencer Street will be closed between Agnes and Ann Street. Ann Street will be closed between Penlington and Spencer Streets.
Rockhampton Dawn Service Bus and Parking
There will be a bus shuttle operating for the Dawn Service from Fantastic Furniture carpark to the Botanic Gardens. Departing 3am to 4am. Returning 5.15am to 6.15am. Limited parking will be available at The Rockhampton Golf Club, Mater Hospital, and the temporary car park off Agnes Street. We encourage attendees to carpool if possible.
March assembles at 9.00am at the intersection of Archer and Alma Streets. Step-off at 9.57am. March will proceed along Archer Street intersection, turning right onto Victoria Parade and marching under Fitzroy Bridge and along Quay Street to William Street. The saluting dais is located at the intersection of Denham and Quay Street.
Rockhampton March Temporary Road Closures
Changed traffic conditions will be in place between 6.00am and 1.00pm Tuesday, 25 April, to facilitate the Anzac Day March.
- Archer Street – between Denison Street and Victoria Parade
- Alma Street – between Cambridge and Fitzroy Streets
- Alma Lane – between Cambridge and Archer Streets
- Bolsover Lane – between Cambridge and Archer Streets
- Victoria Parade/Quay Street – between Archer and Derby Streets
- Royal Street – between East Street and Victoria Parade
- East Lane – between Cambridge and Fitzroy Streets
- William Street – between East Lane and Quay Street
- Denham Street – between East Lane and Quay Streets
Please note the school bus set down areas will be on Cambridge Street and vehicle passenger drop off areas will be at the Archer Park Rail Museum. Under no circumstances will buses or vehicles be permitted to stop on Archer Street near the train line. It is NOT SAFE to do so. Drivers must obey all road rules and follow traffic controller instructions.
March assembles at 4.10am in the vicinity of Conaghan Park on Lawrie Street. Step-off at 4.25am.
Dawn Service at 4.35am, Gracemere Cenotaph, RSL, James Street. Participants are invited to attend a Gunfire breakfast in the RSL Club Rooms after the Service.
Service at 6.00am, Westwood Hall, Capricorn Highway. Participants are invited to remain after the Service for tea and coffee.
Dawn Service at 4.28am at the Leanne Hinchliffe Memorial Lions Park, Burnett Highway. Participants are invited to attend a gold coin donation breakfast after the Service at the Recreation Complex.
Alton Downs Service
Dawn Service at 4.28am, Alton Downs Hall Cenotaph, corner of Nicholson and Ridgelands Roads. Participants are invited to attend a Gunfire breakfast at the Alton Downs Hall after the Service.
Dawn Service at 4.27am, Marmor Memorial Park, Tynan Street. Participants are invited to attend a breakfast at the Marmor Fire Brigade after the Service.
Mount Morgan Service
Dawn Service at 5.20am at Anzac Park, Morgan Street (form up at 5.15am).
Mount Morgan March
March assembles at 10.45am, School of Arts, Morgan Street. Step-off at 11.00am. Service at 11.10am, Anzac Park, Morgan Street.
Rats of Tobruk Association
Service at 8.00am, Jeffries Park, Corner Alma and Albert Streets. March assembles at the Military Museum, Archer Street at 9.00am.
C.Q. Military Museum
Breakfast and other activities will be held at the Drill Hall on Archer Street from 5.00am to 5.00pm. There will be a Gunfire breakfast from 5.00am to 10.00am for $10. The bar will operate from 5.00am and there will be a $3 sausage sizzle after the March. Coffee nan and the museum opens at 9.00am and is free entry.
Stenhouse Park Service
Monday 24 April, Service commencing at 10.30am at Stenhouse Park, Lakes Creek Road, Koongal.