Dawn service crowd proof Hervey Bay needs bigger space

ANZAC Day commemorative services in Hervey Bay may have a new park by the time Australia marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing in 2015.

Hervey Bay RSL president John Kelsey said the RSL was pushing to get a new memorial park and said the huge crowd at Thursday's dawn service was proof Hervey Bay needed bigger space to cater for the growing Anzac Day crowds.

He estimated the ceremony this year had attracted just as many people as the main ceremony in 2012, which numbered in the thousands.

Mr Kelsey said a new park was a joint project between the RSL and Fraser Coast Regional Council.

He said members of the public who were keen to see a new park before the centenary anniversary could donate to the RSL for the project.

Mr Kelsey said war veteran and patron of the project Harry Smith had, on Thursday, donated $5000 to help push for a new home for events such as Anzac Day, Remembrance Day, Vietnam Veterans Day and others.

RSL president John Kelsey at the Hervey Bay Anzac Day ceremony.
RSL president John Kelsey at the Hervey Bay Anzac Day ceremony. Alistair Brightman