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Posted by Marcus Falay on September 28th, 2012
Posted by Dr John Basarin on September 26th, 2012
Details of the Anzac Ballot, including the ticket application process will be made public early in 2013.
It is anticipated that as many as 50,000 Australians will make the pilgrimage to Gallipoli during 2015, to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landing. While there had been some discussion about any ballot giving precedence to ANZAC diggers’ descendants, this option has been ruled out.
Warren Snowden explained during his announcement today that a range of geographic and safety concerns had led to the decision, as well as a desire to have a fair and open process.
While Mr Snowden noted the Anzac ballot decision will affect tour operators offering travel packages, all tour products developed by Gallipoli-2015 already make provision for the likelihood of limited access to Anzac commemorative services on the 25th April 2015. So this decision will not affect the Gallipoli-2015 cruise, which is scheduled to visit Gallipoli battlefields on 21st and 22nd April, well ahead of the expected rush.
Additionally, the following arrangements are in place:
It should be noted that this decision only relates to attendance at the Anzac Cove Dawn Service and Lone Pine Memorial Service. There is not, and has not been any indication that visitors will be restricted during the balance of the day. So even without an Anzac Ballot ticket, it may be possible to walk in the ANZACs footsteps on 25th April 2015.