Moving experience of Gallipoli dawn service

By TONY FOSTER

IT is 6 pm on the April 24, 2012 and we have secured our seats in preparation for the long night ahead and the much -anticipated Dawn Service at the Anzac Commemorative Site, Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.

The weather forecast is promising, 10 deg overnight and no rain in contrast to other years that have experienced temperatures below zero overnight. We had our sleeping bags, layers of clothes and heavy jackets so we settled in for the long night ahead. This is a major event to organise and the Australian and New Zealand Governments along with the Government of Turkey has to be congratulated on the organisation that must go in to making this a safe and well run major event.

Mayor Tony Foster at the gravestone of the Anzac stretcher bearer John Simpson Kirkpatrick, better known as 'the man with the donkey'.
Mayor Tony Foster at the gravestone of the Anzac stretcher bearer John Simpson Kirkpatrick, better known as 'the man with the donkey'.

We, that is Noeline, my son James, brother Michael and I had come to Turkey as part of the Essendon Football Club supporters group- 28 in all, male and female ranging in age from 23 to 77 years with our tour host former club champion Jason Johnson. Continue reading “Moving experience of Gallipoli dawn service”

Merger push poses more questions than it answers

By PROFESSOR BRIAN DOLLERY *

The push by the so-called Tasmanians for Reform group (in reality the Property Council representing big property owners) for council amalgamations in Tasmania leaves several critical questions unanswered.

Despite extravagant claims that wholesale forced amalgamation will somehow bring savings of ‘up to 35 per cent’ – something never previously achieved in any Australian amalgamation program – the group is notably silent on other important questions. Continue reading “Merger push poses more questions than it answers”

Brighton rates match CPI – up just 31c a week

BRIGHTON Council has kept its rate rise to the annual increase in CPI with the general rate to go up by just $16 per house next year, or 31 cents a week.

The Council will absorb the carbon tax impact, enabling it to restrict rate increases in the municipality to CPI for the 16th year running. Continue reading “Brighton rates match CPI – up just 31c a week”