Anzac day 2021

Dear Members

We wish to advise that the RSL, in line with the recent relaxation of COVID restrictions in NSW, is now allowing descendants of veterans to attend the Sydney march and form behind our respective banners.

This is great news for us. We now can now reverse our previous advice which was we could no  longer participate. Now we can!

 

Should you wish to attend the march please advise no later than 14th April 2021 with names and phone numbers of each person in your party. One of the two conditions for allowing us to march is that we provide a list of those attending to the RSL prior to the march purely for COVID tracing purposes.

Our form-up location is on the west side of Elizabeth St, just north of Martin Place. They want us to be there by 8.40am. The march is simply heading straight down Elizabeth St before disbursing at Liverpool St. There will be an ‘Eyes Left’ as an Act of Remembrance adjacent to the ANZAC Memorial.

 

It is too late to organise our usual lunch at Kittyhawk this year but as an alternative, we are planning a more casual affair at a very reasonably priced restaurant known as ‘The Malaya’ at King St Wharf. Here there will be no cover charge but they just need to know numbers to help them arrange tables for our area. Hoping that there will be more than 8 of us attending, The Malaya provides a banquet menu for the whole party at $65 per head plus a 15% surcharge given that it is a public holiday. Drinks are extra. The Committee however would like to cover the cost of the banquet surcharge for all of you who are attending.

 

Please let us know by the 14th April 2021 so that we can finalise the arrangements for the march and the lunch.

The address for The Malaya is 39 Lime St, King St Wharf. After the march we can walk down King St and cross over on the foot bridge to the Darling Harbour side where we will find the restaurant. (It may be an early lunch depending on the kick-off time.)

Thank you for your forbearance as we, your committee, work to ensure the 454/459 members are lined up for the Anzac March this year. We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible in defiance of all that Covid-19 has done to us over the last year. Stay safe and start planning to be there!

 

Below are the RSL COVID conditions:

  • Stay home if you’re feeling unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 or have had symptoms of COVID-19 within the 72 hours prior and have not received a negative COVID-19 test resultStay home if you have been to a location on a date and time that NSW Health has issued a self-isolation and get tested immediately alert (nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates) or if you have been directed by NSW Health that you must self-isolate

  • Practice physical distancing when queuing in form up area, whilst marching, and in the dispersal area

  • Face masks are encouraged when it is hard to maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance

  • Participants must stay (within) the form up area once onsite

  • Participants must leave the dispersal area immediately once dispersed

  • Follow signage and the directives of staff, police and marshals at all times

  • Practice high-level hygiene, including washing your hands and/or using sanitiser regularly, coughing or sneezing into your elbow and refrain from shaking hands with fellow veterans

  • It is recommended that participants carry a small bottle of hand sanitiser

  • Consider downloading the COVIDSafe app ahead of the day

 

Kind regards

 

Rick Capel

Hon Secretary