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Bundy's Anzac Day march scrapped for veteran safety


Another year, another Anzac Day march cancelled in Bundaberg due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This week, RSL Bundaberg discussed what Anzac Day services could go ahead under a COVID-safe plan – and most pose too many logistical challenges and uncertainty.

President Graham Crowden says the safety of the large number of veterans in Bundaberg is paramount, and given many are considered “at-risk”, it is better to be cautious.

"We have 206 members who are over the age of 80, so they are the most vulnerable group…so we have to look after them," Mr Crowden tells us.

The RSL and Bundaberg council are in the planning stages of organising a mid-morning public service, but that is yet to be confirmed.

Mr Crowden says, however, if that service is to go ahead, only a handful of people will be able to attend, in order to comply with COVID-safe guidelines.

"We're hoping that instead of the Anzac Day march, that we will be able to run some form of service in the Moncrieff theatre, so it means that numbers will be limited," he says.

If a dawn service goes ahead it will be strictly veterans-only, meaning locals will be asked to pay their respects by lighting candles in their driveways.

"We're awaiting approval for a special veterans service for the dawn service, which we hope to hold in a public place, but unfortunately it will only be veterans who will be allowed to be there and their families of course."

The issue is up for discussion at council’s ordinary meeting on Monday.