Diggers to march in Woodburn

Woodburns Anzac Day march will go ahead next month after an agreement was reached between organisers and Richmond Valley Council staff at a meeting last week.

Traffic on the Pacific Highway through the town will now not be diverted, but stopped twice to allow for a peaceful march and ceremony down the main street without heavy-truck noise.

Woodburn-Evans Head RSL Sub-branch members had previously rejected a $10,000 offer from Sydney radio star John Laws and the Australian Workers Union to cover the costs of diverting highway traffic for up to an hour to allow for a noise-free march and service at the cenotaph.

Sub-branch secretary John Saunders said the offer was knocked back because we refuse to put a price on Anzac Day and that it would set a precedent.

Mayor Charlie Cox welcomed the agreement, saying it would satisfy the sub-branch concerns over traffic noise and not impact on Councils established budget.

Cr Cox said the Roads and Traffic Authority and NSW Police backed the solution which will see traffic stopped to allow the march to take place and then again for the official ceremony.

At its meeting last week, Council resolved to approach the state government to ensure arrangements for future Anzac Day marches at Woodburn could be accommodated.

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