Letter from Minister for Veterans’ Affairs regarding Anzac Day Commemorations, 2015

25/10/2012 at 12:34 pm

The Hon Warren Snowdon MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Centenary of Anzac

RAAF Association (QLD Division),
Mr John Carlile
265 Fairymcad Road
Bundabcrg QLD 4670

Dear Mr Carlile.

INVITATION TO PUBLIC FORUM REGARDING ATTENDANCE AT
ANZAC DAY COMMEMORATIONS, GALLIPOLI, 2015

On behalf of the Prime Minister, I have announced the start of the public consultation process to
inform the Government’s planning for Anzac Day at Gallipoli in 201 5.
On 25 April 20 15, Australia and New Zealand will commemorate the centenary of the ANZAC
landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. Gallipoli has special significance to many
Australians. For the families of those men who fought at Gallipoli, and in the many other battles
and campaigns of the First World War, the upcoming commemorations are particularly
poignant.

There is already considerable public interest in attending the centenmy services at Gallipoli in
2015. As the Anzac Commemorative Site at Gallipoli has a limited capacity, anticipated
demand to attend represents a challenge to ensuring a secure, safe and comfortable visitor
experience, while maintaining solemn and respectful commemorations.

The Governments of Australia, New Zealand and Turkey have been working at length on
anangements for the centenary commemorations. Key to our considerations was the limited
capacity for attendance at the Dawn Service of around 1 0,000 places and a public ballot for
allocation of attendance passes. A ballot is seen as the most fair and equitable process to
allocate attendance passes to an occasion of such significance.

To inform the Government on how the ballot process could work, we want to hear the views of
as many Australians as possible. Below is a list of public forums to be held in Queensland. I
would be pleased if you were able to attend and also notify your members of the forum taking
place at the location nearest to them.

Date Location Venue Address
Monday, Longreach Longreach RSL 34 Duck Street,
22 October 20 12 Longreach

Tuesday, Mt Isa Buffa lo Club Corner Grace & Simpson
23 October 20 12 Streets, Mount lsa

Wednesday, Tovmsvillc Townsville Yacht Club l Plume Street,
24 October 20 12 Townsville

Thursday, Rockhampton Rockhampton Leagues Club Corner Cambridge & George
25 October 201 2 Streets, Rockhampton
ur attendance via our Gallipoli 2015 website

You, and your members, can register your attendance via our Gallipoli 2015 website
www.gallipoli2015.dva.gov.au

ttend the public forum, but wish to participate in the
consultation process, a discussion paper and survey have been included on the Gallipoli

WARREN SNOWDON

Parliament House, CanbenĀ·a ACT 2600 Tel: (02) 6277 7820 f ax: (02) 6273 4 140

If you have something to say contact your State organization. For your convenience click on this link –
http://www.raafa.org.au/structure/index.html

RAAFA State Secretary contact details :
Mrs. Cheryl Renouf
State Secretary Qld Division
19 Silkwood Rd.,
Morayfield Q 4506
Ph 07-54287305
Fax 07 31034769 M 0434906320