October 29, 2012
Gippsland residents interested in travelling to Gallipoli to attend the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings should attend a public forum in Traralgon next month.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Federal Government was embarking on a public consultation process due to the considerable interest in Australians attending the anniversary.
The ANZAC Commemorative Site at Gallipoli has a limited capacity of around 10,000 places for the Dawn Service on April 25, 2015.
It has been decided that a public ballot will be held as a fair and equitable way to allocate attendance passes.
Mr Chester said the public forum process would help guide the government on its ballot process and provide local residents with more information about the event.
“Many Australians have already flagged their interest in travelling to Gallipoli for 100th anniversary services in 2015,” Mr Chester said.
“However with a limited capacity, its important that the event, which pays respect to the ANZACs, is safe, secure and comfortable for visitors.
“The public forum will be a good opportunity for local residents to put forward their views on the public ballot and learn more about the event itself.
Gippsland residents interested in attending 100th anniversary services at Gallipoli in 2015 should attend the public forum which will be held at 6:15pm, Thursday, November 8, 2012, at the Traralgon RSL, Grey Street, Traralgon.
Those who cannot make it to the forum can find further information online at www.gallipoli2015.dva.gov.au