Gold Coast ANZAC Day: Currumbin RSL Dawn and Day Services – Frequently Asked Questions

CURRUMBIN RSL ANZAC DAY DAWN SERVICE

Why is the 2018 service significant?

The Centenary of ANZAC is 2014 to 2018, and one of the most important periods of commemoration for Australians. This period marks 100 years from start to end since Australia’s involvement in the First World War.

The ANZAC Centenary is a time to honour the sacrifice and service contributed by our original ANZACs, and the many Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women who have defended and continue to defend our values and freedom in wars, conflicts and peace operations throughout a century of service.

On April 25, 2018 the community will come together to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. This day is recognised for its historical significance and also the part it played in shaping a new nation.

What are the details of the Currumbin RSL ANZAC Day Dawn Service in 2018?

3:00am Park and Ride commencement (via Gold Coin donation)
3.30am Gates to assembly area will be open (Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Village Green (28, Tomewin Street, Currumbin)
4:00am March Assembly and wristband check
4:35am March off
5:00am Dawn Service commences at Elephant Rock, Currumbin Beach

Are there any road closures due to Commonwealth Games or the event?

The Commonwealth Games committee have confirmed there should be no road closures due to post games activities.

However, there will be significant road closures around Currumbin Beach from 2am on Wednesday April 25, which includes Pacific Parade (north and south of Elephant Rock), Woodgee Street, Tomewin Street and Murraba Street. These roads reopen after the service concludes at around 8am.

Please be patient for crowds to disperse and visit the dedicated ANZAC Day website for a map of road closures – www.australiaremembers.com.au.

Is there a ‘Park and Ride’ Service?

Yes. Park and Ride options are available for people to be transported to the event.

It is encouraged for you to arrive as early as possible and utilise the gold coin donation ‘Shuttle Service’ for your convenience and safety, as there will be significant road closures.

The ‘Shuttle Service’ pick up points are from Currumbin RSL and The Pines Shopping Centre at 3am and will be running continuously until the commencement of the Dawn Service.

A dedicated Veterans bus will depart Currumbin RSL at 3.30am,  dropping off at the march assembly point at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on Tomewin Street. Park and Ride is free for all Veterans and currently serving persons and a gold coin donation for others.

On completion of the Dawn Service the buses will return patrons from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary back to these locations for a gold coin donation.

Due to high demand for this service, we encourage those that are able to, to walk. There is a Bike and Walk option with a bike rack located opposite Murraba Street on the beach.

Where does the march start?

The location and direction of the Veteran march for the Currumbin RSL ANZAC Day Dawn Service has changed in 2018.

The march will now form up on Teemangum Street, turning right towards the ocean and head north to Elephant Rock.

The meeting point for the march is The Village Green at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and is open from 3:30am.

Please visit our dedicated ANZAC Day website for the map of march details – www.australiaremembers.com.au.

Who will lead this year’s March?

This year’s March will be led by Parade Commander Katherine Callow and it will be the second year Ms Callow has led the March.

Ms Callow said, “It is an honour and a privilege to lead the Currumbin ANZAC Day Dawn and mid-day parades, in comradery with all my fellow veterans. This day of significance holds a special place in my heart, the hearts of the Currumbin community, and the hearts of Australians across our great country and around the globe.”

 

Can anyone sit in the seated ceremonial area at the Dawn Service?

Being the 2014 – 2018 100 years of ANZAC anniversary, large crowds are expected in attendance for the Dawn Service and as such measures have been put in place to enable efficient and safe crowd control.

Members and their family wishing to be part of the seated ceremonial area are required to register their details for entry.

Registration for the dedicated ceremonial seated area will remain open until 16 March 2018 or until booked out. Registrants accepted to sit within the ceremonial seated area must collect the wristband identification and information pack from Currumbin RSL between 22 – 29 March 2018. Photographic identification is required to collect your registration pack (eg a licence or passport).

The seating for this area is priority reserved for Serving Military, Returned Service Men and Women and family plus dignitaries and members of the Currumbin RSL Sub Branch.

Only those who have been pre-approved via the pre-registration process, collected the appropriate identification prior to event day and then wearing the identification on the day can gain access.

Please note the above is only for the seated area in front of the main stage.

Is there a welcome to country as part of the ceremony?

The Dawn Service includes a welcome to country by a representative of the local Yugumbeh people and acknowledges contributions made by Australia’s first nation’s people in conflicts around the world.

Will there be a fly past at this year’s Dawn Service?

Yes we plan to have a fly past at this year’s Dawn Service.

The Fly past will include a Tiger Moth VH-RVE flown by Captain Brendan Smith, CT-A Airtrainer VH-DMI flown by Mr Philip Munro, a UH-1H (Huey) Helicopter VH-UYH flown by Mr Tim Latimer, and a Bell -47 Helicopter VH-MNZ flown by Mrs Georgie Latimer. This will be one of many touching moments in one of Australia’s most iconic ANZAC Dawn Services.

In particular we would like to thank all of our pilots for working this event into their busy calendars and Air T and G Helicopters in Ballina for donating their time and resources to the fly past.

How can I further support Veterans around ANZAC Day?

From Monday 16 April, $2 Safe Flame memorabilia candles and $5 ANZAC commemoration posters are available for purchase from Currumbin RSL and also on 25 April at the Currumbin RSL ANZAC Day Dawn Service.  All proceeds will go to the Veterans Support Centre in Currumbin.

Where are the best places to stay to attend the event?

Dreamtime Resorts are supporters of the Currumbin RSL Photographic Exhibition and offer accommodation options all over the Gold Coast. Visit www.dreamtimeresorts.com.au to view availability and accommodation locations on the Southern Gold Coast.

For other options visit www.southergoldcoast.com.au

Other Currumbin RSL Commemorative Events and Projects

What is the Australia Remembers project?

Currumbin RSL launched an initiative called Australia Remembers in 2014. ‘Australia Remembers’ is a program of events, Veteran fundraising activities and Remembrance activities set around Remembrance days including ANZAC Day, with a focus on the centenary commemoration between 2014 – 2018.

The project provides information about the days, blogs and video interviews with Veterans both young and old, along with people directly affected by War.

This initiative can be viewed at www.australiaremembers.com.au

What are the details for the Currumbin RSL Mid Morning ANZAC Day Service?

Currumbin RSL holds a mid-morning service at its cenotaph area on ANZAC Day.

This service is a repeat of the Dawn Service on a smaller scale and starts at 10:55am with the march off from Winders Park and the Mid Morning Service starting at 11:15am.

Will there be a Mateship Run fundraising for Veterans in 2018?

The Mateship Run is generally held the week prior to ANZAC Day. Due to road closures by the Commonwealth Games prior to ANZAC Day, the Mateship Run has been postponed to a later date in 2018.

What is the Photographic Exhibition?

An outdoor photography exhibition along Currumbin beachfront depicting images of WW1.

Explore the outdoor photographic exhibition along the Currumbin beachfront and learn about WWI, specifically Gallipoli, through photography. The photographic exhibition will be on display for a week from Wednesday April 18 until ANZAC Day.

Is there a Symbolic Sleep Out in 2018?

Curumbin RSL will not be hosting the Symbolic Sleep Out in 2018.

What time will Currumbin RSL be open and closed on ANZAC Day?

6:15am – Gunfire Breakfast at Currumbin RSL – $5 (free for current and ex-serving personnel)

10am – Club closes in preparation of Mid Morning Service

10:40am – Parade assembly at Winders Park

10:55am – March off

11:15am – Mid Morning Service commences at the Cenotaph at Currumbin RSL

1:00pm – Club opens and operating as usual however 18 years and over only allowed entry from this time with the exception of Alleys Restaurant bookings

1:00pm – Live entertainment commences by Dave Gray duo

1:00pm – Two Up begins

3:00pm – For the safety of our patrons all persons under 18yrs must vacate the premises

5.30pm – Club closes

How do I book the ANZAC Day Lunch?

You can book the ANZAC Day Lunch in Waterside Events at Currumbin RSL by clicking here or by calling Reception on 5534 7999.

What are the dress regulations to enter Currumbin RSL?

Currumbin RSL maintains a high standard of service, dress and behaviour.

All patrons must be clean, neat and tidy in smart casual appearance and obscene or offensive language or clothing will not be tolerated. Persons with intimidating tattoos or appearance may be refused entry.

As a mark of respect to the RSL tradition no headwear is to be worn. No industrial, soiled or torn clothing, no swimwear, no men’s singlets or sleeveless t-shirts, no provocative clothing, no clothing with obscene or offensive language and no leather vest, patches or colours associated with gangs is allowed. Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times.

Dress Regulations are at the absolute discretion of Management.

What identification do I need to enter Currumbin RSL?

Currumbin RSL is a licensed venue and therefore current photographic identification must be shown at entry.

To ensure smooth entry on the day, please ensure your Member Rewards card is up to date. If you are not yet a member, membership can be purchased from as little as $5 from www.currumbinrsl.com.au/membership-enquiry/.

What entertainment will be on at Currumbin RSL on ANZAC Day?

The Dave Gray Duo will perform from 1pm in the Club. There will also be Two Up at the rear of the Club. To keep updated about entertainment at Currumbin RSL visit  www.currumbinrsl.com.au

What time does Two Up start at Currumbin RSl on ANZAC Day?

Two Up begins at 1:00pm at is located outside at the rear of the Club.

Will the Courtesy Bus be operating on ANZAC Day?

There will be no Pick Up service on ANZAC Day. However the Courtesy Bus will begin a Drop Off service from 3:30pm until the Club closes. No bookings will be taken – ‘first in, first served’ on the day.

Important reminder:

Please remember why we are here today. To pay respects to the warrior class of men and women who sacrificed so much so that we can all enjoy all that we have today. Please take the time to shake the hand of our wonderful veterans and currently serving servicemen and women and say “thank you”.

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