Complete guide to Anzac Day in the valley and highlands

THE towns of the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands are ready for the annual observance of Anzac Day this Thursday, April 25.

Anzac Day program

  • New Norfolk: The RSL Club in George St will open in the early hours to prepare for the 5.45am march to the Cenotaph via Tank St. Public participation is invited. The Dawn Service will start when the parade enters Circle St. Breakfast will be available afterwards at the RSL for $5.
  • New Norfolk: At 10.30am, the town’s main Anzac Day parade will be held. The Derwent Valley Concert Band will lead veterans and community members marching from Arthur Square up High St to Circle St for the civic service. A contingent of army cadets will participate and will form a catafalque party at the Cenotaph. Anyone wanting to march should assemble at Arthur Square by 10.30am. The civic service at 11am will feature the St Matthew’s Singers who ill perform with the concert band. The guest speakers will be Craig Farrell MLC and the Reverend Celia Hooker. Lunch will be available at the RSL after the service.
  • Bronte Park: Dawn Service at the village Anzac monument at 5.45am.
  • Maydena: Meet near the Fika Time Cafe at 5.45am to march to the RSL for the Dawn Service, followed by breakfast in the club.
  • Fentonbury: A Dawn Service will be held at 5.45am at the local monument. Afterwards, breakfast will be available at the Westerway Hall.
  • Gretna: A Dawn Service will be held at the war memorial, Lyell Hwy, at 6am.
  • Arthurs Lake: A Dawn Service will be held at the roadhouse at 6am.
  • Bushy Park: An 11am community service will be held at the War Memorial Swimming Pool, Gordon River Rd. Lunch afterwards.
  • Hamilton: A civic service will be held at the war memorial, Tarleton St, at 11am.
  • Bothwell: An 11am civic service will be held in Queen’s Park.
  • Great Lake: A community service will be held at the community centre at 11am.

New Norfolk street closures

  • 5.40am to 6.45am on Anzac Day: Tank St and Circle St closed
  • 10.30am to 12.30pm: High St closed from Stephen St to Blair St including Richmond St and Circle St
  • Road closures have not been listed for other Derwent Valley and Central Highland localities but please be mindful in those places where war memorials are close to local roads.

If we have missed anything please email or call 0417 387 577.

Lyons MP urges Anzac Day participation

TASMANIANS have been are urged to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of our veterans on Anzac Day, this Thursday, by attending an Anzac Day service in their local community. “Honouring and paying respects to those who have served, fought and died for the freedoms that we enjoy today is the mark of a grateful nation,” said Lyons Liberal MP and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Guy Barnett MHA. 

“This is truly one of the most significant days on our calendarM” Mr Barnett said. “I encourage Tasmanians to attend one of your local services and commemorate the courage, mateship, service and sacrifice which are symbolic of the Anzac spirit that was born 109 years ago, on 25 April 1915 at Gallipoli. In World War I more than 15,000 Tasmanians served and an estimated 3000 were killed,” he said.
“Anzac services will take place right around the State and I thank RSL Tasmania and their sub-branches for organising most of these. There are 17,500 veterans in our State and I ask my fellow Tasmanians to reach out and say ‘Thank you for your service’.”

A list of other Tasmanian Anzac Day services is available here.

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