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Media Release

FA46 - 20 April 2005

ANZAC Day 2005 - 90th Anniversary of Commemoration

Australians attending the 90th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli are reminded that the travel advice for Turkey advises Australians to exercise extreme caution, particularly at public gatherings such as the Anzac Day services and in commercial and public areas and transport hubs.

We have no information pointing to a specific terrorist threat to the Anzac Day services in Gallipoli, but the travel advice notes that the threat from terrorism in Turkey is high.

I ask Australians travelling to Gallipoli to monitor closely the travel advice for Turkey and my Department's Anzac Day bulletin as circumstances in-country could change quickly.

All Australians travelling to Turkey for Anzac Day are encouraged to register their presence on my Department's on-line register. My Department may use this information to help locate and ascertain the welfare and safety of Australians in the event of an emergency.

Australians visiting the commemorative sites of Gallipoli Peninsula Peace Park for the Anzac Day services should be aware that only limited tourist facilities are available at these venues.

Given the expected large crowds, and limited public utilities, traffic and security arrangements, there are likely to be long queues and waiting periods. Visitors can expect lengthy walks of several kilometres throughout the day, including, due to limited bus parking spaces, to the Dawn Services. There will be limited space for visitors to view proceedings. Video screens and loud speakers will be provided at some venues for those unable to view the ceremonies directly.

The Australian Government has been working closely with the Turkish Government on arrangements for the Anzac Day services, including security. I welcome the cooperation we have again received from the Turkish Government, which reflects the spirit of friendship long associated with the commemoration of Anzac Day.

My department has prepared a new brochure Travelling to Turkey for Anzac Day (link for web version) which contains more information about what travellers can expect when attending the Anzac Day services. The brochure can be read and ordered online at www.smartraveller.gov.au.

 

Media inquiries : Ministerial 02 6277 7500 , DFAT Media Liaison 02 6261 1555

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