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Coogee Anzac Day dawn service returns for 2021

Published Date
24/03/2021
News Topic
Council
Anzac dawn service returns to coogee

Randwick City Council’s popular Anzac Day dawn service will proceed this year, held once again at Goldstein Reserve, Coogee on Sunday April 25 2021. Council resolved last night, Tuesday 23 March 2021, to hold a modified, COVID-safe event this year after the 2020 outdoor service was moved online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The annual event, held in partnership with the Coogee Randwick Clovelly RSL sub-Branch, typically draws crowds of up to 10,000 but this year will be a seated, ticketed event open to 3000 guests. The service will also be livestreamed, allowing people to view it at home and at participating businesses.

“The beachside dawn service held every Anzac Day at Coogee has been one of our most popular events and holds a strong place in many people’s hearts,” stated Randwick Mayor Danny Said. “It has become a valued tradition for many current and former servicemen and women and their families, and we feel it’s essential that this tradition, honouring those who have fought for our country, to continue this year.

“Though the size and scale of the dawn service will be smaller, the importance of Anzac Day is as strong as ever.”

A staged release of tickets will be made available to the local RSLs, men and women currently serving in armed forces and the community. The format of the dawn service will include prayer, laying of wreaths, Last Post bugle call, a minute’s silence as well as flag raising and a Welcome to Country. Details on how to secure tickets will be made available on this website in early April.

An exemption from NSW Health to the current Public Health Order is in place to allow any outdoor ANZAC Day march or service held in Greater Sydney between 18 and 25 April to have a maximum of 3,000 persons, subject to one person per 2 square metres of space.

Randwick Council has held an annual dawn service since 2015. In 2020 a live event, held at Prince Henry Centre in Little Bay and attended only by participants, was livestreamed to more than 7,200 people.

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