Currumbin Anzac Ceremony

03hilux

Well-Known Member
I have just watched on the news that Currumbin RSL is thinking of down sizing next years dawn service because it is costing them too much. The news said last years cost the RSL $240,000 to do, and this years has already blown budget.
My question is, should the Local, State and Federal Government be helping with the financial costs?
I think it is very sad when the RSL should have to pay for the day to celebrate those who selfishly put their own lives on the line.

Here is a link if you want to donate and help out. http://australiaremembers.com.au/product/currumbin-anzac-day-dawn-service/
 

smitty_r51

Well-Known Member
it is atrocious when you look at the amount of money they are spending on the one here in the capital that to me has completely lost touch in what it is they are remembering...i don't want 100000 people and laser lights, i want quiet reflection with the community. be much better off to distribute to each RSL...and people can then attend a local community service close to them

on the other hand, how is it costing them $240000 to host, is there something special about the show or is that just to cover insurances, road closures etc?
 

80lover96gxl

Moderator
On a more frustrating note, the Gawler RSL have apparently cancelled their dawn service, and march due to apparent security concerns due to a particular section of the community taking offence too, and threatening to disrupt the march.

I sincerely hope this is not the case. This is Australia's most important day imo and nothing, should prevent us from showing our respect to those that have , and are making the ultimate sacrifice.
 

03hilux

Well-Known Member
on the other hand, how is it costing them $240000 to host, is there something special about the show or is that just to cover insurances, road closures etc?
That would be my guess. But if they don't already, why can't the local council at least foot the bill for road closures?
Why can't the council hold it as a public event and foot the insurance bill? After all, what better cause would qualify for a good cause?
 

Les PK Ranger

4x4 Earth Contributer
That's ridiculous . . . getting too commercialised, like everything else nowadays.
Smitty is dead right, it's not about how much is spent on a service / services, but getting in there are supporting Anzac Day services Aust wide by attending, remembering, respecting what our servicemen and servicewomen who died for so we can live in freedom as we do.
 

smitty_r51

Well-Known Member
That's ridiculous . . . getting too commercialised, like everything else nowadays.
Smitty is dead right, it's not about how much is spent on a service / services, but getting in there are supporting Anzac Day services Aust wide by attending, remembering, respecting what our servicemen and servicewomen who died for so we can live in freedom as we do.
Yeah but cheesed off as if i don't want to attend the big show at the war memorial i have to drive at least an hour to get to a dawn service that is more personal

Not particularly easy you access
 

Les PK Ranger

4x4 Earth Contributer
Yep, went to big one in Brissy last year (Greenbank RSL), just awesome the crowd (great to see so many !!), and no 'show' like the Gold Coast, but still it felt a bit big / crowded.
Much preferred Birdsville the year before, maybe about 80 to 100 present there.
The local Morphett Vale service is getting big now, my usual spot for the service when I'm home, but still fairly personal / humbling in atmosphere.
 

greysrigging

Well-Known Member
The Dawn Service at the Adelaide River War Cemetery is one of the most moving and poignant you could possibly attend.....not just for the somber occasion, but for the fact that attendees stand amongst the final resting place of service men, women and civilians who were killed defending this country....died due to enemy action on Australian soil. And the bacon and egg brekky washed down with rum and beer and the obligatory two-up schools at the showgrounds afterwards ( run by the Vietnam Vets from the RSL ) is a lot of fun. Then a run back up to Darwin for the main march from the Cenotaph through the city streets.
LEST WE FORGET.
 

Albynsw

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I was at Gallipolli the day before Anzac Day in 2011 when they were setting up the stage and chairs etc

It is a very sombre feeling you get there walking over the battlefield and reading the memorial grave plaques, so many of the fallen were just teenagers
The Turks have a lot of mutual respect for the Aussies
 

smitty_r51

Well-Known Member
On a more frustrating note, the Gawler RSL have apparently cancelled their dawn service, and march due to apparent security concerns due to a particular section of the community taking offence too, and threatening to disrupt the march.

I sincerely hope this is not the case. This is Australia's most important day imo and nothing, should prevent us from showing our respect to those that have , and are making the ultimate sacrifice.
no apparently they have shut it down as they can't afford the security personnel to close the roads and create the traffic re-routing again.

no sections of community to blame this time (other than possibly the politicians and bureaucrats) For god sake this thing takes place on the village green at 6am...how many cars do they need to redirect...park a van at each end of the road and tell any drivers to get out and pay their respects for 20 minutes!
 

hiluxdriver

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$240k would be a very small drop in a very large bucket for a big club with loads of pokies. I have no sympathy for the costs that clubs/pubs moan about when they have these machines on site.
 
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