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Queensland Anzac Day dawn services and parades to go ahead "as normal"


Queenslanders will once again be able to pay their respects to fallen diggers at dawn services and parades on Anzac Day.

Traditions were cancelled last year, due to fears of a coronavirus outbreak.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young says the state is in a much safer position now, meaning all public events can go ahead as normal.

"Anzac Day last year, we had more than 270 active cases in Queensland," Dr Young says.

"Today, we have seven cases and all of those have been picked up in hotel quarantine."

Debate over commemorations

Originally, there were fears this year's Anzac Day services wouldn't go ahead and people would be asked to pay their respects by standing at the end of their driveways.

It sparked debate among politicians, veterans and the public on how to strike a balance between paying respect and protecting people from coronavirus.

Member for Mirani Stephen Andrew started a petition, calling for Anzac Day marches across Queensland to go ahead.

"We have seen crowds of up to 50,000 people at footy games, mass gatherings of 30,000 BLM protesters on our streets, crowds of 10,000 at music festivals and thousands thronging Queensland beaches over summer," Mr Andrew said in the past.

A welcome decision

RSL Queensland president Tony Ferris says the veteran community is overjoyed at the news that all events can go ahead.

"The fact we have Anzac Day back is hair-on-the-back-of-the-neck stuff.

"The communities and our veterans will be able to step out with their fellow comrades, and continue down the path of remembering those veterans who have served, and given those who have given everything to their country."

"A great day for Queensland - absolutely fantastic."