ANZAC Day 2020

(Community Recognition Statement, 16 June 2020, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

On behalf of the Sydney Electorate, I'd like to put on record the creative commemoration of ANZAC Day in the Sydney electorate in response to the COVID-19 restrictions.

People lit candles and held a moment's silence to remember those who sacrificed their lives and their health and wellbeing during war. The City of Sydney lit Town Hall red in remembrance and residents watched the official Canberra and Sydney memorial events online and on TV and listen on radio.

Clr Harriet Price initiated a Paddington home based event with residents standing outside their homes and I've seen the images online with messages about being physically apart but strong feelings of connectedness.

I attended a very small ceremony and placed a wreath at Steyne Park with Senator Andrew Bragg, Member for Vaucluse Gabrielle Upton and Woollahra Mayor Clr Susan Wynne. My wreath remembered in particular service people who had to hide their sexuality in times when it was not OK to be lesbian or gay. People across the city and across the country found ways to join in and produce local events and commemorations while also observing distancing restrictions.