Macarthur's Anzac Day services to look different this year

Picture: Kayla Osborne
Picture: Kayla Osborne

Macarthur's RSL sub branches are looking forward to hosting Anzac Day services this year, despite the smaller crowds.

Ongoing Covid-19 restrictions have put a limit on the number of attendees at this year's events.

Camden RSL sub branch president Iain Richard-Evan said Camden's ever-popular dawn service would be limited to 300 guests this year.

However, he encouraged locals to register to attend the Anzac March at Camden Showground this year.

"We're still under quite heavy restrictions despite the event in Sydney being much larger," he said.

"We still want to encourage locals to register early if they want to attend the march this year.

"It will be very different to our previous events but we would love to see people attend."

The dawn service will be held at Camden RSL Sub-Branch at 5.30am.

It is a ticketed event restricted to 300 attendees in line with COVID-19 restrictions. It will be live-streamed via Camden Council's Facebook page.

The Anzac Day March will start at Camden Showground from 10.30am.

All attendees must pre-book and present their ticket on arrival.

There is a strictly limited capacity with two locations available at Onslow Oval and Cawdor Road, Camden.

Guests are urged to arrive early to ensure they have time to check in before the march begins.

To book a free ticket, register at bit.ly/camdenANZACdaymarch2021.

Campbelltown RSL Sub-Branch will host two Anzac Day services in Mawson Park this year.

The events at 5am and 9am are limited to 3000 attendees at each service.

Campbelltown RSL Sub-Branch president Warren Browning said it would be great to see the community this year.

"It just wasn't the same last year - there is something about Anzac Day services that brings everyone together," he said.

"It makes you feel good about being an Australian.

"We encourage everyone to register and come along. To me it's about getting back to sense of normality and remembering those who made the supreme sacrifice."

To register for one of the Campbelltown events, visit: www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au/WhatsOn/AnzacDay

Ingleburn RSL will hold a parade at 4.45am followed by a dawn service at the club's Memorial Garden.

The parade will start on Warbler Avenue, near Wood Park, and finish at the Memorial Garden.

Only a limited number of people, mostly restricted to the Sub-Branch members, will be able to attend the 5am service in the garden, however community members are welcome to watch from the adjacent car park.

There are no tickets or reservations.

The Picton Thirlmere Bargo RSL sub branch will hold a private Anzac Day service for its members this year.

Sub-Branch president Barbara Edwards said restrictions had limited this year's event.

"We hope to be holding our usual commemoration next year," she said.

"We have many members who will attend our dawn service and then head into the city for the Anzac march, including our 98-year-old member Fred Denny.

"He will be marching with his regiment."