WET WEATHER IMPACTS ANZAC DAY ON ISLANDS, BUT DOESN’T KEEP CROWDS AWAY For the first time in many years, wet weather impact Anzac Day 2022 on our islands. Most ceremonies were impacted one way or another. Dawn services, in particular, were effected, with rain and winds significant over the islands around 5-6am. At the Macleay Island Dawn service, traditionally one of the biggest on the islands, there was a strong attendance, with umbrellas adding colour to the occasion. The service was addressed by Member for Redlands, Kim Richards, who managed to get ‘drenched’ in the early morning light. A gunfire breakfast was held for those who stayed with the rain starting to ease. It was the same on Lamb, North Stradbroke Island and Coochiemudlo Island. The rain impacted, but did not stop crowds turning up, after two years of interrupted Anzac services. It was better for the 11am service on Russel Island. The Russell Island RSL Sub Branch was able to take advantage of the club premises and moved both the Dawn and mid morning service indoors to the club rear covered area. There were great crowds for both services with gunfire breakfasts held at both Anzac events. Anzac Day culminated on Karragarra Island for the unique and very different ‘twilight’ service. And what a fitting end to Anzac Day it was with the sun setting on the glistening beach and glittering water. Wreaths on the water is unique with this Anzac event, with the Karra islanders making use of their famous island beach and facilities for a twilight evening Anzac get-together to conclude this special day. Despite some rain, a full Anzac Day was appreciated by islanders and they answered with some great attendances.
• Returned ex-servicemen and women with Kim Richards MP at the Macleay Island Dawn Service.
• Returned ex-servicemen and women at the Russell Island mid morning service.
• The wreaths placed in the kayak at the Karragarra Island twilight service. Kind Regards and Take Care