No ANZAC Day services for the Fleurieu Peninsula

Member for Kaurna Chris Picton, Scott Lines, Pt Noarlunga & Christies Beach RSL President Jason Tank and Member for Reynell Katrine Hildyard.
Member for Kaurna Chris Picton, Scott Lines, Pt Noarlunga & Christies Beach RSL President Jason Tank and Member for Reynell Katrine Hildyard.

ANZAC Day services across South Australian and the Northern Territory have been cancelled by the RSL of South Australia after State Board Members made the tough decision to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

In a statement provided to the media RSL SA/NT State President, Cheryl Cates said this decision has not been taken lightly as this is a significant event on the nations calendar.

"It is in the best interest and wellbeing of our ageing veterans and the community at large," she said.

"ANZAC Day and all that it means to Australia is not less important this year."

The cancellation will affect all Dawn Services at RSL sub-branch's across the Fleurieu Peninsula, with the only State Memorial Dawn Service still being held however, the public are not permitted to attend. It is a believed a televised live stream may be available.

McLaren Vale and District Sub-branch RSL Secretary Cliff Gibson expressed disappointment in the ANZAC Day events needing to be cancelled but was understanding of the cause.

With the McLaren Vale and District Sub-branch RSL having begun organisation for the event which they expected to attract 5000, they have now had to cancel all plans.

"It is very disappointing not to commemorate ANZAC Day like we would normally do," Mr Gibson said.

"We're encouraging them (the public) to remember in their own way," he added.

Willunga RSL Sub-branch Secretary, Peter Thomas said the Willunga service suggest people standing in their own driveway or backyard at 6am on Saturday April 25 to acknowledge ANZAC Day.