City starts planning with huge crowd expected for Anzac Day

ROSE Swadling expects more than 20,000 people at Rockhampton's Anzac Day dawn service in 2015.

The Rockhampton councillor wants the city to be ready to "host the masses" she predicts will turn out to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli.

"I think we can expect 20,000-plus. It could even be bigger," Cr Swadling said. "It is growing every year and our young people are becoming more and more aware of its significance.

"I think it is so important that we, as a community, are prepared to host such an historic event."

Mayor Margaret Strelow said the installation of lighting in the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, the venue for the 2015 dawn service, was a priority to ensure public safety.

She called for designs and costings to be prepared for Council.

Cr Rutherford said she would also champion that cause but said the cenotaph's marble plinth also had to be upgraded.

"We want to celebrate the event in the true manner with the respect that it deserves," she said.

Cr Tom Wyatt wants to see a public honour board erected. He said that Rockhampton would be one of only a few cities that did not have one.

A steering committee, comprising Cr Strelow, Cr Swadling and Cr Cherie Rutherford, has been formed to investigate options for a civic event to mark the 100th anniversary.



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