Beloved Emu Plains ANZAC Day service to return

Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh with locals supporting the Emu Plains service.
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A much-loved ANZAC Day service in Emu Plains will return after several years in the wilderness.

The service was previously run by residents, but had to stop due to the increasing administrative burden of holding public events, including public liability insurance.

A small group of locals still gathered at the Melrose Park Cenotaph each year to pay their respects, and there has been a groundswell of community support to bring the service back, but there has been no formal event.

This week, Federal Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh confirmed the ceremony’s return later this month.

“Along with organisations including the City of Penrith RSL sub-Branch, the National Servicemen’s Association (NASHOS), the Emu Plains Lions Club, the Nepean District Historical Society, the Emu Plains Girl Guides, Nepean Valley Trefoil Guild and Emu Plains Anglican Church, we have been working hard to return the service to Emu Plains,” she said.

“We had a few hurdles to jump over, but I am pleased we now have public liability insurance covered. That was the biggest issue to ensure the service could take place. Recently, Penrith Council approved our traffic management plan, so we now have the green light to make this beautiful service happen.

“The Emu Plains Community ANZAC Service has been a true grassroots community event that is so meaningful to local families. We want to keep it community focused, as that is what makes it so special in honouring our veterans who gave the greatest sacrifice, and current serving defence personnel.”

McIntosh said the Emu Plains community has helped make it happen.

“We have a really dedicated group of locals, from people organising the service, to residents offering rosemary and their time on the day. We are also very grateful for the support of Dukes Estate Agents in Emu Plains, who are sponsoring the hire of the PA system and chairs,” she said.

“Everyone is working together in the true spirit of community.”
Penrith RSL sub-Branch Secretary Peter Ward said he was extremely happy to be involved in the local committee.

“We have been working hard to ensure all proper protocols are followed in recognition of our veterans past and present, in particular those who have paid the supreme sacrifice,” he said.

The Emu Plains Community ANZAC Day Service will be held at 11am on ANZAC Day, April 25, at the Emu Plains War Memorial (Melrose Cenotaph) at Lions Park, Emu Plains.

Troy Dodds

Troy Dodds is the Weekender's Managing Editor and Breaking News Reporter. He has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia's leading media organisations. In 2023, he was named Editor of the Year at the Mumbrella Publish Awards.

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