A community forum will be held in Adelaide, on Tuesday 16 October to discuss arrangements for attending Anzac Day commemorations in Gallipoli, Turkey, in 2015 for the centenary year.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon and Member for Adelaide, Kate Ellis, have called on all interested locals to take part in the forum and have their say on who should represent Australia at the centenary Dawn Service.
Mr Snowdon said the ceremony will be the most important remembrance service for Australia and New Zealand in our history.
“The natural geography, heritage and conservation concerns around the Gallipoli site mean that not everyone who will want to attend will be able to do so.
“The Governments of Australia, New Zealand and Turkey have agreed that there will be a cap on attendance of 10,000, with Australians receiving 8,000 of those passes to be decided by a transparent ballot process,” he said.
Ms Ellis said public consultations are happening around Australia, engaging with people about the planning for the commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015.
“This is an opportunity for people in Adelaide to contribute towards how the ballot will run and who should be represented at Gallipoli in 2015.
“All Australians recognise the service of those who fought at Gallipoli, the First World War and of everyone who has worn our uniform since that time. Anzac Day 2015 will be an opportunity to pay tribute to their courage and sacrifice,” Ms Ellis said.
All Australians can take part in the consultation by attending a forum or completing an online survey.
To register for the forum or take part in the online survey, visit www.gallipoli2015.dva.gov.au
6:15pm Tuesday 16 October 2012
Crowne Plaza, Adelaide
Note to media: Media wishing to attend should contact the DVA Public Affairs Section on (02) 6289 6203 or email [email protected].
Media inquiries: Minister Snowdon: Marcus Butler 02 6277 7820
Kate Ellis Offie: Nathan Moir 08 8269 1202