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Australian plans for Gallipoli 2006.



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Minister for Veterans' Affairs Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence

Monday 6 March 2006 VA009

AUSTRALIAN PLANS FOR GALLIPOLI 2006

Plans for Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2006 were well under way, with a high level of cooperation between the Governments of Turkey, New Zealand and Australia, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Billson announced today.

"Important lessons have been learned from record crowds at last year’s 90th anniversary. This has led to improvements for the 2006 services and a framework to handle increased attendance as we approach the centenary anniversary in 2015," Mr Billson said.

"This will include closer drop off points, assistance for the aged and infirm, better seating and food services, an alcohol ban, increased first aid facilities and clean up support from Conservation Volunteers Australia.

"This year’s crowd will experience an emotive collaborative program involving the 1915 story and the birth of the Anzac spirit, the premiere of a Turkish composed symphonic piece and an ABC trial broadcast link of the different services," Mr Billson said.

"The Australian Government has undertaken extensive planning and consultation with Turkey and New Zealand in preparing for Anzac Day 2006.

"Additional planning has occurred to cater for the large number of visitors expected this year that do not impact on the historical significance of the site. Australian engineers and other Australian officials are working with Turkish officials to undertake some minor road repairs before the 2006 services," Mr Billson said.

"The Australian Government has also committed a further $16 million over four years to preserve the legend of Gallipoli, which includes the funding of a specialist Australian team to support an historical and archaeological review of the area.

"There is no greater symbol of Australia’s proud wartime history than Gallipoli and the Australian Government will continue to work closely with Turkey and New Zealand to commemorate this epic chapter of the Australian story," Mr Billson said.

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