Visitors to Gallipoli for the Anzac Day dawn service will have to clean up their own mess following complaints about the rubbish left by pilgrims on the hallowed ground last year.
And in another change, alcohol and rock music videos will be banned.
The federal government announced changes to the commemorations in Turkey following complaints about crowd management at last year’s 90th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. Veterans Affairs Minister Bruce Billson said there were plans for a better transport plan to ease road congestion, food vending machines, improved seating and more toilets.
Last year there were concerns about big-screen Bee Gees music videos played to crowds waiting for the dawn service. Such entertainment has been dropped from this year’s program. “We feel that the spirit of Anzac and the significance of the time is best reflected and conveyed in educational, informative and interpretive material,” Mr Billson said.
“The ban on alcohol reflects that if people have an abundance of time available to them we’d best make sure they can learn more about the site rather than focus on other activities,” he added. This year the information pack handed to all visitors will contain a garbage bag in a bid to minimise the post event clean-up which will be conducted by members of the group Conservation Volunteers Australia.
A major row surfaced last year when it emerged that roadworks, conducted by Turkish authorities at Australia’s request, had radically reshaped the area and removed historic landmarks. Mr Billson said the Australian and Turkish governments had undertaken to conduct a joint archaeological and historical review of the Gallipoli Peninsular, identifying sites of significance.