After last year's Anzac Day services were abruptly cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic reaching Australia, this year's take a large step towards normality.
Three Ballarat area RSL sub-branches are in the beginning stages of organising their Anzac Day services, some planning for a best case scenario while others have already had planning discussions with the City of Ballarat and local police.
Ballarat RSL president Alan Douglass said all commemorations, including the march, would be moved to the Midlands-Ballarat RSL Sports and Services Club with a limit of 1000 attendees and be livestreamed for those that cannot attend.
The program will begin with a 6am dawn service, followed by an 8am gunfire breakfast, 10.30am march and 11am service in the Midlands-Ballarat RSL Sports and Services Club car park.
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"At this point in time, we can't have it down at the cenotaph because we can't control numbers so we decided to have it up at the Midlands-Ballarat RSL Sports and Services Club," Mr Douglass said.
"We just found out today that we're limited to 1000 people. It'll need to be a ticket invitation to control numbers so any person that wishes to attend needs to ring the RSL on 5332 3300 and they'll get a ticket number.
"Normally, on an Anzac Day, we get about 3000 at the dawn service and 6000 along Sturt Street for the march."
The Sebastopol RSL hopes to have a small parade finishing at the cenotaph on Albert Street before a commemorative service, tea and coffee at the RSL Hall and a function at Ballarat Memorial Sports Bowling Club in Alfredton.
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President John Coull said the sub-branch had received information from RSL Victoria regarding the planning of Anzac Day services but was unsure of what restrictions may be in place.
"We're still seven or eight weeks away but, in the meantime, we're still doing some planning. We're hoping to do some improvements around the cenotaph and we've got some ideas about how we're going to present the day," he said.
"We'd have the comply with the regulations. It's part and parcel of life today."
Buninyong RSL is also uncertain of what its Anzac Day services may look like and is waiting to learn of what restrictions could be imposed.
President Ron Fleming said it could look much like Remembrance Day where very limited numbers were allowed to attend.
"If that's the case, the number will be higher than Remembrance Day but we will work around that," he said.
"We would encourage the community to lay a poppy or sprig of rosemary on the plaques on the 164-tree Avenue of Honour."