After several years of disruptions to Anzac Day services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tweed is preparing to commemorate the day with services across the Shire on Monday 25 April.
All Anzac Day commemorations can proceed as per normal this year and there is no requirement for QR code check-in.
RSL NSW and sub-branches are working to ensure commemorations take place in accordance with social distancing, health, and safety requirements.
The wearing of masks is only encouraged for indoor settings where it is not possible to maintain a safe distance from others.
Council has undertaken annual cleaning and maintenance of all cenotaphs in the weeks leading up to Anzac Day.
This includes pressure cleaning, painting and repair work as required at Tweed Heads (Jack Evans Boat Harbour), Murwillumbah, Kingscliff (Rowan Robinson Park and Murphys Road), Pottsville, Burringbar, Uki and Tyalgum.
Cleaning and maintenance is also undertaken prior to Memorial Day each November.
Fortunately, no cenotaphs in the Tweed were damaged in the recent floods.
On Monday, Anzac Day services will be held at the following locations across the Tweed:
Burringbar – Assemble adjacent to the Memorial Reserve Masterson Park at 8:45 am for the march to the memorial. Service to commence at 9 am.
Cudgen – Dawn service will be held at the Cudgen War Memorial. Assemble at Crescent Street at 4:10 am ahead of the march to the service at Collier Street Cenotaph at 4:28 am.
Kingscliff – Dawn service at 5:59 am at Kingscliff War Memorial. Main service – assemble at 10:30 am outside Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club for the march to service and wreath laying at the Cenotaph.
Murwillumbah – Dawn service at 5:20 am at war memorial. Main service – assemble Brisbane Street 10:30 am for the march to the cenotaph service. First responders are invited to attend this service.
Pottsville – Service at 8 am at the cenotaph, Anzac Park.
Tumbulgum – Dawn service at 4:28 am at Memorial Gates in Bawden Street.
Tweed Heads – Dawn service – assemble at 5:45 am on the road in Wharf Street near children’s statues for service commencing at 5:55 am. Main service – assemble in Boundary Street, Tweed Heads at 10 am, march off down Boundary Street, left into Wharf Street and left to the memorial in Chris Cunningham Park.
Tyalgum – Dawn service at 5:15 am in Memorial Park, Coolman Street.
Uki – Dawn service at 4:20 am at war memorial.
Ahead of Anzac Day, the Rotary Club of Murwillumbah AM has lined both sides of the main bridge into the town with hand-made crochet and knitted poppies to remember those who served in our armed forces, both human (red-coloured poppies) and animal (purple-coloured poppies).
In Tweed Heads, the border marker at Boundary Street will be illuminated with Anzac Day images from Friday 22 April to Monday 25 April.