VTA acknowledges ANZAC sacrifice amid first signs of industry confidence

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has encouraged its members and the wider community to take part in Anzac Day commemorations which will be unlike any seen before.

As many households across the country prepare to light candles in honour of the brave men and women who gave so much for our armed and medical services in defending the nation over many years, the VTA has acknowledged those currently serving and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World World and has traditionally attracted massive crowds to dawn services, parades and Returned and Services League events including games of Two-up, permitted for the occasion, in cities and towns around Australia.

This year many people who normally attend services will be restricted to their homes as part of ongoing government regulations to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Stand at dawn, a campaign launched earlier this year, encourages people to carry out dawn services in their driveways.

A live broadcast of the National Memorial Service from the Australian War Memorial will be available on ABCTV, iview, Radio and online.

This includes from around 6am, The Last Post and a minute of silence, allowing people to pay their respects at the same time as other members of the local community.

“Anzac Day, 25 April, is an important day for all Australians. It is a time to remember and reflect on the contribution service men and women made to defend Australia throughout history, and today,” said VTA CEO Peter Anderson.

“Anzac Day 2020 will be unlike any other, we encourage you to take the time to pause and reflect on the ANZAC legacy and what it means for Australia 105 years from the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli,” he said.

“You don't have to make your way out at 0530 this ANZAC Day. Just make sure you're out there at 0555 for a 0600 start, in case things run a minute or two earlier than expected.

“On behalf of the VTA we honour our Anzacs bravery, their courage and their selfless sacrifice.”

Today it was also announced that a recent study of members of the VTA and Victorian Waste Management Association were upbeat about the prospects of recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Almost three quarters of members canvased by the VTA confirmed they had not lost any customers since the coronavirus crisis took hold.

“Our industry entered this crisis from a general position of strength because early on we were rightly not identified as non-essential industries, and therefore largely spared from the unprecedented compulsory shutdowns imposed across vast swaths of the economy,” said Anderson.

“In fact, demand spikes from consumers saw an even greater need for transport with supermarkets struggling to keep pace with panic buying. The industry responded magnificently to this challenge and we are starting to see a return to normalcy in terms of supermarket supply and demand.”

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