The Ipswich region will once again proudly host ANZAC Day commemorative services, with the city’s main march to this year return to the city heart for the first time since Tulmur Place was opened.
Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said with the revitalised Nicholas Street Precinct now easily accessible for pedestrians, the march would step off at 10.45am at the corner of Brisbane and Waghorn streets to head along Brisbane Street before turning into Nicholas Street and entering Tulmur Place.
“For some time, Ipswich RSL Sub Branch has wanted to bring the main march back to the city heart and I’m proud of the work council and the Sub Branch have undertaken to make this possible,” Mayor Harding said.
“Ipswich is a proud garrison town home to Australia’s largest Royal Australian Air Force base at Amberley, and our community always shows strong support for our servicemen and women on ANZAC Day.
“This ANZAC Day, I encourage Ipswich residents to commemorate those who have served our nation, including the men and women who paid the ultimate price to protect our way of life, as well as those who continue to live with the cost of their service.”
Community, Culture, Arts and Sport Committee Chairperson Councillor Andrew Fechner said council had once again supported local commemorations through its ANZAC Day Commemorative Services funding program, which was launched in 2021.
“The program is in its third year and helps commemorations across Ipswich with a range of in-kind support as well as funding towards venue and equipment hire, traffic management, and other event incidentals,” Cr Fechner said.
“In total, $52,420.86 in funding and in-kind support has been provided this year to 12 Sub Branches and organising committees for services across all four divisions including at Booval, Springfield Central, Redbank Plains, Redbank, Goodna, Bundamba, West Ipswich/One Mile, Brassall, Marburg, Pine Mountain, Rosewood and Woodend.”
Ipswich RSL Sub Branch deputy president George Picone said he was pleased to see the main march returning to the city heart this year.
“ANZAC Day is about catching up with veteran friends and sharing stories of the past as well as paying our respects to fallen comrades,” Mr Picone said.
“We are pleased to see the main march returning to the city heart and grateful for the support Ipswich City Council has provided.
“This year we are also hoping to have two very special people lead the parade – Jean Ellen Westcott, a servicewoman from the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force who is turning 100, in the lead jeep and a local veteran who is turning 98 in the second jeep.”
More than 5,000 people are expected to line the route for the main march.
ANZAC Day commemorations are planned across Ipswich at the following locations:
Ipswich – main march: 10.45am – From the corner of Brisbane and Waghorn streets. The march will head along Brisbane Street, into Nicholas Street and disperse in Tulmur Place.
Booval: 8am – Honour Stone, Cameron Park, Green Street, preceded by march at 7.45am at the corner of Green Street and Glebe Road.
Brassall: 4.27am – Ipswich Adventist School Memorial Stone, 56 Hunter Street.
Bundamba: 4.27am – Honour Stone, Bundamba, Memorial Park, Brisbane Road preceded by a march at 4.15am from the corner of Brisbane Road and Coal Street. After that, 9.15am – Honour Stone, Bundamba Memorial Park, Brisbane Road preceded by a march at 9am from the corner of Brisbane Road and Coal Street.
Ebbw Vale: 4.30am – Ebbw Vale War Memorial, corner Brisbane Road and Jordan Street. After that, 8.30am – Ebbw Vale War Memorial, corner Brisbane Road and Jordan Street.
Goodna: 4.15am – Soldiers’ Memorial Stone, corner Queen and Church streets. Last Post at 4.38am. After that, 8.50am – Soldiers’ Memorial Stone, corner Queen and Church streets preceded by a march at 8.30am from Falvey’s Cecil Hotel, corner Queen and Alice streets.
Grandchester: 6am – Bigges Camp Park, Gordon Road.
Ipswich – RSL Memorial Gardens: 4.27am – Honour Stone, corner Limestone and Nicholas streets. After that, 8.30am – Honour Stone, corner Limestone and Nicholas streets preceded by a march at 8.20am from South Street.
Ipswich – Limestone Hill: 6.30am – Naval Cairn, Queen Victoria Parade.
Marburg: 7.30am – Marburg Heritage Centre, corner Queen and Edmond streets, preceded by a march from Church of Christ, 122/127 Queen Street at 7.20am.
North Ipswich: 7.30am – Honour Stone, Ipswich Railway Workshops, preceded by a march at 7.15am inside the Ipswich Railway Workshops. Gates open at 6.30am.
One Mile: 9.30am – West Ipswich One Mile War Memorial, 1A Old Toowoomba Road.
Pine Mountain: 9am – Honour Stone, Cricket Pitch Park, corner Russells and Pine Mountain roads.
Redbank: 11am – Redbank Memorial Reserve, Bridge Street.
Redbank Plains: 4.25am – Cenotaph Moreton Avenue. After that, 9.30am – Cenotaph Moreton Avenue, preceded by a march at 9.20am from SES Compound on Willow Road.
Rosewood: 4.28am – Rosewood Memorial Hall, ANZAC Park, Mill Street, preceded by march at 4.20am from the Rising Sun Hotel, 27 School Street. After that, 9.30am – Rosewood Memorial Hall, ANZAC Park, Mill Street, preceded by march at 9am from the corner of John and William streets.
South Ripley: 5am – Ripley Valley State Secondary College, 18 Parkway Avenue.
Springfield Central: 5.30am – ADF Memorial, The Circle, Robelle Domain, 155 Southern Cross Circuit.
Woodend: 6.30am – Woodend Honour Stone, Roseberry Parade.
Event details for Ipswich ANZAC Day services are available on Ipswich City Council’s website here.