Gallipoli ballot applicants to be notified from today

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Hinkler residents who applied to attend the Anzac Centenary Dawn Service in Gallipoli in 2015 will find out in coming weeks whether they have been successful in the ballot.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said 42,273 applicants would receive initial email advice from today, with formal letters being sent in coming weeks.

The Australian and New Zealand Governments initiated the ballot process after the Turkish Government advised they had capped attendance at 10,500 people.

Mr Pitt said the fair, open and transparent ballot would enable 8,000 Australians and 2,000 New Zealanders to safely and comfortably attend 100th anniversary commemorations in 2015.

“Successful applicants will receive two tickets – one for themselves and one for a guest,” Mr Pitt said.

“More than 24 per cent of successful applicants are from Queensland. The oldest applicant is 99-years-old and the youngest is just 16.

“The overwhelming response is indicative of our respect and appreciation of the sacrifices made by those who served our country.

“I congratulate the applicants who have been successful in the ballot. Those without tickets may consider visiting Gallipoli on August 6 next year for the Battle of Lone Pine Centenary commemoration service.

“There will also be plenty of opportunities in Australia for people to pay their respects, with services and events being held right across the country.”

Mr Pitt said he looked forward to announcing the successful applications for funding under the Centenary of Anzac Local Grants Program later this year.

Media contact: Larine Statham 0427 653 814

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