One of the Peel region’s (and indeed the entire nation’s) biggest days, Anzac Day, is just a fortnight away and once again our local RSL groups are preparing what promises to be a busy 24 hours.
The Mandurah, Dawesville and Pinjarra RSL sub-branches will all be holding ceremonies to pay their respects to our war veterans in the mornings along with lunches going into the afternoon.
Get caught up on each town’s full schedule for the day below.
The Mandurah branch’s itinerary kicks off with a 6am dawn service at the Mandurah War Memorial, followed by the traditional gunfire breakfast at 7am, which will be held at the Mandurah Bowling and Recreation Club on the corner of Dower and Allnut Street.
Assembly for the march will be held at 9.30am on the corner of Pinjarra Road and Leslie Street, with the parade to kick off at 11am going over the bridge and finishing at the war memorial on the western foreshore, where the main service will be held.
Parking for the service is available at Hall Park, where members of the Mandurah SES will be directing traffic.
Following the service members of the public are invited back to the Mandurah Bowling and Recreation Club for drinks and a game of two-up.
Pinjarra’s Anzac Day also kicks off with a dawn service at the war memorial on Pinjarra Road, followed by a gunfire breakfast at 6.30am.
Marchers will assemble on George Street, making their way to the war memorial for commencement of the main service.
The RSL hall will open its doors for lunch and two-up following the commemorations.
Dawesville’s dawn service will be held at the war memorial on Estuary Drive, with proceedings teeing off at 6am for a 7am gunfire breakfast at the Port Bouvard Recreation and Sporting Club located at 1 Thisbe Drive.
Parking for the dawn service is available at the boat ramp on Estuary Road.
Anzac Day sports
Sporting events and Anzac Day go hand-in-hand and Mandurah has plenty on offer.
Round two of the Peel Football and Netball League’s netball sector kicks off on the day, with Mandurah taking on South Mandurah at the Thompson Street courts.
The reserves start at 10am followed by the league and open grades who both play at 11.30am.
The two clubs will also square off on the footy field on the day, with the Mustangs and Falcons to play at Rushton Park at 4.30pm, while Halls Head takes on Baldivis at Hot Klobba Stadium from 5.15pm.
The Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre will also be busy with basketball action, as the Mandurah Magic host the Perth Redbacks.
The women’s game tips off at 1pm, followed by the men at 3pm.