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Emu Plains Community ANZAC Day Service Returns with Community Support

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A much-loved ANZAC Day service in Emu Plains is set to make a return after being absent for several years. Previously organized by local residents, the service had to be discontinued due to the growing administrative obligations of hosting public events, including securing public liability insurance.

Despite the hiatus, a small group of dedicated community members continued to gather at the Melrose Park Cenotaph annually to pay their respects, maintaining the tradition. Over time, there has been a resurgence of support within the community to revive the service, although no formal event had been arranged.

This week, Federal Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh announced the long-anticipated comeback of the ceremony later this month. McIntosh, in collaboration with various local organizations such as the City of Penrith RSL sub-Branch, the National Servicemen’s Association (NASHOS), and the Emu Plains Lions Club, has been working diligently to reinstate the service.

The biggest challenge faced was ensuring adequate public liability insurance coverage for the event. Recent approval from Penrith Council for their traffic management plan has now granted the green light for the service to take place, marking a significant milestone in the event’s revival.

The Emu Plains Community ANZAC Service has always been a heartwarming grassroots effort that holds deep meaning for local families. The focus remains on fostering a strong sense of community spirit, resonating with the overarching goal of honoring the veterans who sacrificed so much, alongside the current serving defence personnel.

McIntosh attributed the success of the event’s comeback to the unwavering support of the Emu Plains community, emphasizing the commitment and dedication of various individuals and groups contributing to its organization. Notably, Dukes Estate Agents in Emu Plains has stepped in as a valuable sponsor, covering the expenses for the hire of essential equipment such as the PA system and chairs.

Peter Ward, Secretary of the Penrith RSL sub-Branch, expressed his delight at being part of the local committee overseeing the ANZAC Day service. The committee has been meticulous in upholding all necessary protocols to ensure a respectful and dignified commemoration of past and present veterans, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Emu Plains Community ANZAC Day Service is scheduled to take place at 11am on April 25th at the Emu Plains War Memorial, also known as the Melrose Cenotaph, situated in Lions Park, Emu Plains.

Rachel Adams

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