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ANZAC Day Lismore, 2019. Photo Tree Faerie.In the wake of the pandemic restrictions, ANZAC Day will be commemorated in a COVID safe fashion and some areas will ask residents to remember at home.

If you wish to participate from home the Light Up The Dawn is encouraged across Australia.

Light Up the Dawn was an idea that originated within the Australian community. The RSL supported and promoted the idea across Australia in a year of great challenge and change.

As the sun peeked above the horizon, the country stood united – in uniforms or pyjamas, wearing medals, poppies and sprigs of rosemary – to let Australia’s veterans know that their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Show your support and bring your community together this Anzac Day by encouraging neighbours to help you Light Up the Dawn in your street.

Other services on the Far North Coast include:

Ballina Shire

6am On Sunday 25th April 2021 – Light Up The Dawn
The Ballina RSL sub-Branch encourages the public, veterans and families not attending the Dawn service to Light Up The Dawn.

Commencing at 6am, Ballina radio, Paradise FM 101.9 will broadcast a short service including the Ode, Last Post, One Minute Silence, and Reveille.

Due to limited Sub-Branch resources for management of the COVID-19 restrictions.
The Dawn Service, March, Commemoration Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony are restricted to invited dignitaries and guests, Defence Force veterans, and their families.

The RSL Memorial Park will be fenced-off for COVID restrictions, and controlled access. Laying of wreaths or floral tributes are welcome throughout the day, other than during the Dawn Service, or Service of Commemoration.

For the Dawn Service, one wreath only will be laid by the President. The Wreath Laying Ceremony during the 11am Service of Commemoration will involve dignitaries, service organisations, schools, public organisations, and public who have provided prior notice to the Sub-Branch office.

The march will be limited to marching veterans, and veterans in wheelchairs or electric scooters. Wheelchairs must have an able carer pushing the wheelchair.

There will not be any motor vehicles for transport in the march, non-defence service organisations or schools participating in this year’s march.

Everyone attending the services and or participating in the march is required to be registered using Services NSW, Ballina RSL Sub-Branch, COVID-19 Check-In.
For those with smartphones, the Ballina RSL sub-Branch COVID-19 QR codes will be displayed along the Memorial Park barricade.

For those without a smartphone, sign-in sheets to record your name and contact information, will be available at the barricade entrances.
Those with smartphones can also register others as dependants when checking in. Buddy up, mates for mates, will save time and congestion.

To save delays and queueing, Sub-Branch members and Veterans intending to attend the Breakfast and or Lunch are encouraged to pre-purchase their breakfast and or lunch tickets from the sub-Branch office.

For Breakfast following the Dawn Service. The Ballina RSL Club is only open for Veterans and their families attending the sub-Branch breakfast. The Club opens to the General Public at 09am.

For information and bookings, the office is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 09am to Noon, Telephone 02 6686 0133 or email [email protected]

Alstonville RSL sub-Branch

Dawn Service RSL Hall Bugden Ave Alstonville 5:30 am
Main Service Bugden Avenue, Alstonville 10:30 am
Members and ex-service person in the local area. Numbers limited, contact Secretary (0414 285 812) to register

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All are welcome to pause at the memorial at Bangalow RSL Hall, Station Street, Bangalow. At sunset, floral tributes laid during Anzac Day could be repurposed to Feros Village, Bangalow, or laid on ex-service graves in Bangalow cemetery.

Brunswick Heads

Centopath open from 5am and will be left open all day so that people can lay wreaths and pay their respects.

Byron Bay

Wreath laying service at the Memorial Gates corner of Marvel and Tennyson Streets.
Service will start at 11am finishing 11.30am approximately.


The Dawn Service is held at 4.30am at the Cenotaph opposite the Ex-Services Club.
This will be followed by breakfast at the Club. Free to veterans and $10 for non-veterans.
The mid-morning march will leave at 10.50am from Apex Park.

A civic service follows directly after the march.

Lismore Shire


Dawn Service Lismore Memorial Baths, Molesworth Street, Lismore 5am, March at 5.05am
QR Code and sign in books will be available

Those wishing to March form up at the old post office corner Molesworth and Magellan Streets ready to step off at 0505hrs

Main Service Lismore Memorial Baths, Molesworth Street, Lismore 9am

Form up bottom end of Molesworth Street adjacent to Brown Creeks Car Park ready to step off at 0900hrs, commemoration service and wreath laying will commence on the completion of the march. all participants will be required to sign in via our QR Code or sign in books.

Kyogle RSL sub-Branch

Dawn Service Cenotaph, Memorial Park, Summerland Way, 5.30am
March Summerland Way, Kyogle NSW, Australia 10am
Assemble for March, Geneva Street, 9.45. March to Cenotaph, Summerland Way
Main Service Cenotaph, Memorial Park, Summerland Way at 10.15am.

All participants at Dawn Service, March and Main Service to sign in or use our Q Code facility. Covid-19 Marshalls will be in attendance.

Richmond Valley

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”.

The following services are being held in the Richmond Valley:

•Casino – Dawn Service begins at 5:30am at the Mafeking Lamp and Day Service begins at 10am on Walker Street.

•Broadwater – 5:45am at the Rileys Hill Broadwater Hall

•Coraki – Day service at 9:45am at the Coraki Hotel.

•Evans Head – Dawn Service begins at 5:45am at the Memorial Gardens and Day Service begins at 10am on Park Street Woodburn – Evans Head RSL Club.

•Rappville – Dawn Service begins at 5:45am on Nandabah Street and Day Service at 10:30am.

•Woodburn — Day Service begins at 10am at Woodburn Riverside Park

Tweed Shire

Coolangatta/Tweed Heads ANZAC Day Citizens Service

Assemble in Jack Evans Boat Harbour in Tweed Heads, the corner of Boundary and Coral Streets from 10am.
Children’s parade will march at 10.25am, next to the children’s playground.
The main parade marches 10.35am from Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Boundary Street, along Wharf Street to the War Memorial in Chris Cunningham Park, where the service will be held at approximately 11am.
Organised by Tweed Heads/Coolangatta RSL Sub Branch.

Kingscliff RSL Sub Branch 

The Kingscliff RSL Sub Branch will hold two services this ANZAC Day:
– March and service commencing at 5:20am at the cenotaph at Cudgen (Colliers Street)
– March and main service at the cenotaph at Kingscliff (Marine Parade) commencing from Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club at 10.30am

Following the Cudgen Dawn Service, the Club will open at 6:30am & our annual Gunfire Breakfast will commence from 7:00am in the Ocean’s Bistro (Bookings essential – Due to COVID restrictions, the Gunfire Breakfast is limited to Ex-Servicemen plus 1 guest).

Pottsville District RSL sub-Branch

Pottsville March 7:45 am. Assemble for the march from 7:15 am at Pottsville Beach Chemist on Corner of Berkley’s Lane and Coronation Avenue Pottsville Beach for a 7:45 am march off. Route: Depart along Coronation Avenue and Tweed Coast Road to Cenotaph, ANZAC Park Pottsville Beach.

Burringbar March: Assemble for the march from 08:45 opposite The Elwood Café on The Broadway Burringbar for a 08:50 march off. Route: Depart East along the Broadway to the World War II memorial at Memorial Reserve, Burringbar.

Main Service 8am – The service commences at the Cenotaph, ANZAC Park. Anticipated attendance at Pottsville is about 1,500 people. People will be accommodated dispersed across ANZAC Park and the Pottsville Memorial Oval. Veterans and family will have priority for access to ANZAC Park.

Burringbar: The service commences at 09am at Memorial Reserve, Burringbar Anticipated attendance at Burringbar is about 250 people. COVID-19 safety messages • If you have cold or flu like symptoms, please DO NOT ATTEND the march or ANZAC Day service. • Where possible avoid car-pooling across different households. • If possible, please bring personal hand sanitiser. • Local volunteers from your community will be assisting as COVID-19 Safety Marshals at the march assembly points, and at the services. • Marshals will ask people to register their attendance using a QR code and their mobile phones. There will also be a manual backup for registration.

• People are asked to maintain social distancing of 1.5 meters. If you can’t do so, please wear a MASK. • Be a HERO. Help Your mates. Bring and be prepared to wear a MASK. • Crowd density can be 1 person per 2 square meters. This means that we can have 50 people per 100 square meters. As we anticipate a crowd of up to 1,500 people at Pottsville, Marshals will encourage people to spread out from ANZAC Park onto the Pottsville Memorial Oval. • Veterans and their families will be given priority to access the cenotaphs.

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