Anzac Day moves to Murray Bridge riverfront
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A move to hold Murray Bridge’s Anzac Day service at Sturt Reserve from this year has won council approval, but the city’s memorial and cannon will have to be left behind for now.A move to hold Murray Bridge’s Anzac Day service at Sturt Reserve from this year has won council approval, but the city’s memorial and cannon will have to be left behind for now.
At a January 27 meeting, Murray Bridge councillors approved the installation of three flag poles at the reserve for the Australian, New Zealand and Aboriginal flags, surrounded by a paved area and pathway, near the lawn tennis courts.
But the usual centre points of Anzac Day services – the obelisk and gun at Diamond Park – will have to stay where they are.
The formal consultation process required to move them would take too long, and the council would prefer to wait until its master plan for the riverfront precinct is finished.
In his proposal to the council, RSL sub-branch president Keith Wood said Murray Bridge’s Anzac Day services had outgrown their traditional home at Diamond Park, which was inconvenient to close for the ceremony, too noisy and too far from car parking.
“We believe this move is well overdue,” he said.
“As a progressive city, we need to look to the future and give our community, our members and their families, who have served our country, a place to visit and pay homage to their fallen comrades.”
He said the hills across the river from Sturt Reserve would provide a suitable backdrop for contemplationdue to their similarity with the hills of Gallipoli.
Councillor Tod Cusack said he wondered whether Sturt Reserve would be the ideal location, especially if a new memorial interfered with vehicular access during the pedal prix; and Cr Clem Schubert wondered if it would be more vulnerable to vandalism.
But Cr Karen Eckermann said it was not the council’s place to tell the RSL which site would be most suitable.
“I wouldn’t want anyone from the RSL to read the minutes and feel we’re telling them what to do,” she said.
“We respect their needs and desires.”
Should the council eventually support moving the memorial and cannon, the RSL would pick up the tab.
Up to 5000 people are expected to flock to Sturt Reserve for the service commemorating the centenary of the Gallipoli landing on April 25.
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