As Australia prepares to mark the 100th commemoration of the Gallipoli Landings next year, and with Anzac Day falling on a Saturday in 2015, South Australians are reminded of the restrictions around public sport and entertainment events on the day.
Recreation and Sport Minister Leon Bignell said under the ANZAC Day Commemoration Act 2005, restrictions would apply to organisations who proposes to, or would normally conduct, a major sporting or entertainment event between 5.00 am and 12.00 noon on Anzac Day.
“The Act defines major sporting or entertainment events as those requiring a ticket for entry, and that the tickets are available for sale before the event,” he said.
“Events of this type can’t begin or be conducted between 5.00 am and 12.00 noon on Anzac Day. Regular sporting events and junior sport can go ahead as normal.”
Veteran Affairs Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith said on such an important day for Australia, the nation should pause to remember the sacrifices made and reflect on the ANZAC spirit of courage and mateship.
“The Act was put in place to ensure appropriate respect is given to all those who have served our country through times of war and conflict,” he said.
Venues such as golf courses, recreation/basketball/netball centres and fitness centres can open as they would normally do.
The Act does provide for exemptions for major sporting or entertainment events which are deemed to be in the public interest.
Applications for exemptions can be made by writing to the ANZAC Day Commemoration Council, Office of the Premier, GPO Box 2343, Adelaide, 5001.
Minister Leon Bignell (Minister for Recreation & Sport)
Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith (Minister for Veterans Affairs)
Thursday, 16 October 2014