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Ballot opens for 100th anniversary commemorations at Gallipoli

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ROWAN RAMSEY MP Member for Grey


Ballot opens for 100th anniversary commemorations at Gallipoli

Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey would like to bring to the attention of people who are considering attending the 100 th anniversary commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 that applications for places are now open.

Mr Ramsey said, “This anniversary of the landing of the ANZAC troops at Gallipoli will be a very significant commemorative occasion for the people of both nations”.

To ensure Australians and New Zealanders can attend as safely, securely and comfortably possible, a fair, open and transparent ballot is being held to allocate places for official Anzac Day.

Places will be available for 8,000 Australians, 2,000 New Zealanders and 500 official representatives of all countries involved in the Gallipoli campaign including Turkey.

“I was fortunate enough to attend the ANZAC ceremony in 2011 and it is expected twenty thousand or more may wish to attend next year. The physical constraints of the area mean that number simply cannot be accommodated”.

“It remains a solemn duty to protect the place not trample it”, he said. “So while many may be disappointed, there really is no option but to ballot the appropriate number.

Of the 8,000 Australian places, 2,000 will be available for special representatives such as direct descendants, the veteran community and secondary school students and their chaperones. The remaining 6,000 places (3,000 double passes) will be accessible to all Australians to apply.

Widows of Australian First World War veterans do not need to apply for the ballot and will be contacted separately by the Australian Government regarding their interest in attending.

All ballot applicants must meet specific eligibility criteria including Australian citizenship or permanent residency and be a minimum 18 years of age on, or before, 25 April 2015.

The ballot closes at midnight on 31 January 2014 and applicants will be notified of the outcome in March 2014 to allow enough time for those successful to make their travel arrangements and pay for the trip.

To find out more about the commemorations and the ballot visit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gallipoli 2015 website or contact my office,” Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said.

For more information on Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli, eligibility for the ballot and to apply, visit To request a paper application form, call Ticketek on 1300 364 002

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