DOUGLAS Shire is now preparing to remember the fallen at traditional ANZAC Day services on Sunday 25 April.
The 106th Anniversary of the Anzac’s landing at Gallipoli will start with a dawn service at the Mossman Cenotaph on Front St at 5.15am, with official proceedings from 5.25am.
In Port Douglas, people will gather at Port Village in Macrossan Street from 10am and begin the march towards the cenotaph at 10:15 am.
Official proceedings begin at the Port Douglas cenotaph at 10:30 am.
In Cow Bay, people will meet at My Pathways car park (1475 Cape Tribulation Road) at 5:15am and march to the Cow Bay Cenotaph. A gunfire breakfast will follow at the Crocodylus.
A community cricket match will be held at the Alexandra Bay Sports Club from 1pm, with a BBQ hosted by the Daintree Coast Community Shed from 12pm.
Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said he was looking forward to seeing a strong attendance at Anzac Day activities this year.
“Given everything that has happened in the past 12 months, I think the commemorations next month will be extra special for our community,” he said.
“The atmosphere of an Anzac Day march down Macrossan Street is one of the highlights of the day and many people will be enthused by its return.
“I would like to encourage everyone to get involved and take the time to remember our Diggers of Douglas.
“We also have to be mindful that COVID-19 is still around, so if you plan on attending the march, register though the Queensland Check In App, maintain social distancing and do not attend if you have any symptoms.”
The Daintree Ferry will be open at 4am on Anzac Day to accommodate ferry users wishing to attend dawn services.
Dignitaries from the Mossman RSL, the clergy and Douglas Shire Council will be present.
School groups, community groups and sporting clubs are welcome to attend but we request that you be mindful of space at the cenotaph and the space required for each group.
ANZAC Day and COVID 19
The Queensland government fully supports conducting ANZAC day services for 2021, however it will be a requirement for all Participating in the march to register through the Queensland Check in App, that can be downloaded from HERE. All those attending to recite/ perform or as guest will also be required to download and check in via the app. QR codes will be presented to participants for scanning in the muster area and at the cenotaph on the day.
All attendees to each event are strongly encouraged to:
- maintain physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres between family or social groups
- wear masks if vulnerable or unable to physically distance
- disperse at the end of the street parade/march in an orderly fashion with physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres.
Remember please DO NOT attend either ANZAC Day events if you have ANY COVID 19 symptoms. This is especially important as vulnerable people could be attending.
Adhering to these standard COVID 19 requirements across both events is essential for our region’s public health and your cooperation and support is gratefully appreciated.