25 April 2017
Local MP Steven Ciobo said the Gold Coast community would pause today to honour the service and sacrifice of all Australian men and women who have served in defence of our country.
Anzac Day services will be held across the Gold Coast, including dawn services at Southport, Surfers Paradise and Nerang.
Mr Ciobo said Anzac Day was one of the most important dates in our calendar.
“More than 50,000 Australians are estimated to have fought in the Gallipoli campaign, where some 8,700 lost their lives and almost 18,000 were wounded,” he said.
“On this special day, I encourage Gold Coasters to reflect on the brave men and women who have served our nation in all wars, conflicts and on peacekeeping operations.
“I encourage everyone on the Coast to attend a local service today or take time to pause and remember those who have served and those who have given their lives for our country.
“We are forever grateful to the men and women, past and present, who have served in our Army, Navy and Air Force.
“This year also marks the centenary of the Battle of Bullecourt in France, the Battle of Messines, the Battle of Polygon Wood and the Battle of Beersheeva, as well as the 75th anniversaries of the Fall of Singapore, the Bombing of Darwin and the Kokoda campaign — they are all important events from our history that this nation will never forget.”
Mr Ciobo said counselling services are available to current or former Defence personnel, and urged veterans to seek assistance if Anzac Day raised any personal issues for them.
Australians are invited to share how they mark Anzac Day on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AnzacCentenary, or on twitter.com/DVAAUS with #AnzacDay.
Support for Veterans
Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) — 1800 011 046
VVCS can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for support and free and confidential counselling.
Department of Veterans’ Affairs At-Ease mental health web portal —