“April 25 is an occasion of national commemoration and I encourage as many locals as possible to join in Anzac Day commemorations where we honour and remember the sacrifice made by so many in defending our freedom down through the years,” said Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“Anzac Day is a day when Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war. This year marks the 102nd anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
“In Quirindi and Werris Creek commemorative services will be held at dawn, the time of the original landings at Gallipoli. Later in the day ex-servicemen and women along with community members meet and join in marches and services. I hope as many community members as possible will participate,” Councillor Hope said.
Anzac Day times around the Shire and associated road closures;
- Quirindi Dawn Service - 5.30am at the War Memorial clock, followed by breakfast at Quirindi RSL club.
Road closures between 5am and 6.30am - Station St between Henry St and Pryor St, Pryor St between Station St and Church Ave and George St between Pryor St and Dalley St.
- Werris Creek Dawn Service - 5.30am at the War Memorial.
Road Closure between 5 and 6.30am - Anzac Pde, between Single St and Henry St.
- Willow Tree - 8.30am assemble at Willow Tree Inn for march to Memorial Hall and 9am service.
Road closure between 8.45 and 9.15am - New England Hwy, between Fairbairn St and Sisson St.
- Currabubula - 9am service at Memorial Hall.
- Quirindi Daytime Service - Form up 10.45am at post office and march to War Memorial for 11.am service.
Road closures between 10.30am and midday - Station St between Thomas St and Pryor St, George St between Pryor St and Dalley St, Pryor St between Station St and Church Ave and Henry St, between Campbell St and Church Ave.
- Werris Creek Daytime Service - Form up at 10.30am at corner Coronation Ave and Single St for march to War Memorial.
Road closures between 10.30am and midday - Single St between North St and Poole St, Anzac Pde between Single St and Henry St and Coronation Ave between Single St and Henry St.
Councillor Hope said motorists are requested and advised to plan their trips around these road closures and to observe the traffic controls.
“As we continue commemoration through the Anzac Centenary 2014–2018, 2017 provides two very different, but important events in our Anzac history, the Third Battle of Ypres and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba.
“It is heartening that in 2017, 100 years after the events, we have young, school children proudly marching, remembering brave deeds performed and supreme sacrifices made by forebears 5 and 6 generations ago. We’re also, remembering those who have served and in some cases fallen in the many conflicts since and those currently serving. Look at the names on the local honour rolls and remember their sacrifice. This is the Spirit of Anzac, Lest We Forget,” Councillor Hope concluded.