The story of the ANZAC is a story that will be forever etched in Australian history.
The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated from the peninsula, with both sides having suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. More than 8,000 Australian soldiers had died in the campaign. Gallipoli had a profound impact on Australians at home, and 25 April soon became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who died in the war.
Although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the actions of Australian and New Zealand forces during the campaign left a powerful legacy. What became known as the “Anzac legend” became an important part of the identity of both nations, shaping the ways in which they viewed both their past and their future.
Anzac Day, 25 April, is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
Every year members of the CME Group would attend the ANZAC Dawn Service at the Brighton Esplanade ANZAC Arch of Remembrance, a very touching service for all that attend. While every year we enjoyed the Brighton service we did think, how good would it be if our local community held an ANZAC Dawn Service at the Hallett Cove foreshore overlooking the cove, the water and the cliffs. The backdrop would really feel special.
Mr Graeme Botting from the Lions Club of Hallett Cove & Districts Inc. Mr Botting and the Lions Club had been lobbying the Local, State and Federal Governments for over six years to for funding and support to build a memorial and hold a service on the Hallett Cove foreshore. The Local Council (Marion Council) built a Gallipoli 100 year anniversary memorial at the Hallett Cove foreshore and the inaugural Hallett Cove ANZAC Dawn Service event took place in 2015.
CME Group put together an infrastructure plan to provide the following items in support of the event:
- 1 x 4-1500watt Light Tower (kindly donated by Andy Bowles at Kennards Hire Marlestone)
- 1 x 60kVA Diesel Generator (kindly donated by Andy Bowles at Kennards Hire Marlestone)
- 3 x Temporary Electrical Distribution Boards (Custom built by CME for the ongoing event
- Temporary lighting and power throughout the 8 x marquees
- Standby onsite Electrician overnight and present at the ANZAC Dawn Service
As fate would have it, the Bureau of Meteorology issued an extreme weather warning for the Gulf of St Vincent, gale force winds and heavy rain for the night of the 24th of April. This now meant that no marquees could be installed at the service. We quickly worked out a backup plan with Mr. Botting for an express setup on the morning of the ANZAC Dawn Service. The inaugural ANZAC Dawn Service was a HUGE success with the crowd numbers for the event between 8000-10000 people.
CME has offered to support the event for as long as we were required.
As a member of the community we would like to send an enormous thank you to Mr. Botting and the Hallett Cove Lions Club for what they have done for the Hallett Cove and surrounding communities, without volunteers like Graeme and his team events like the Hallett Cove ANZAC Dawn Service could not be held and the wider community would be missing out on great events.