Anzac Day to feature altered route, more buggies for veterans' safety

Improving safety for veterans has been one of the keys to a change in the Anzac Day marching route. 

Veterans will begin their march at The George on Lydiard Street, which is the home of the Ballarat RSL, before marching onto Sturt Street and past the Town Hall where Ballarat City mayor Josh Morris will take a salute. 

As always, the march will finish at the Ballarat Cenotaph further along Sturt Street. 

Ballarat RSL president Alex Tascas said more golf buggies were organised for this year in an attempt to get more veterans involved in the march. 

“It is to make it easier for our elderly ex-servicemen and women and our younger disabled veterans so they can participate in the march,” she said. 

“There are a lot of elderly veterans or younger disabled veterans who love to march but just can’t do it.” 

Anzac Day 2013 was the first time golf buggies were used in the march.

“We didn’t really advertise it but it worked so well and we have enhanced it this year,” she said. 

“We have got more buggies this year. We have access to around 20. I just think it is a really good thing.” 

The carts are donated by the Ballarat Golf Club and its members.

This year also marks the celebration of the Anzac Centenary which runs until 2018.

“It is a lot of work but it is really important. It is important to remember our heritage and remember all of those men and women,” she said. 

“It is a very special day and I hope a lot of people in Ballarat turn up and say thank you and also enjoy the day.”