Belmont 2014 Anzac Day parade back on Pacific Highway

THE Belmont community could be forgiven for feeling confused about the location of the town's Anzac Day parade this year.

The president of the Belmont RSL Sub-Branch, Joe Hayes, made an about-face decision to keep the march on the Pacific Highway, after he told The Star last week it would move to Walter Street.

Mr Hayes met with Swansea state MP Garry Edwards at his office last Monday to discuss the new plan.

Also at the meeting were Lake Macquarie Local Area Command Superintendent Brett Greentree, Lake Macquarie duty officer Inspector Dan Sykes, and several of Mr Edwards's staff.

A spokesperson for Mr Edwards said Mr Hayes came to the meeting with a fleshed-out plan to hold the march on the highway after a backlash from the community.

The march will start in the mall, opposite the post office on the Pacific Highway, Belmont, and end with a ceremony at the new memorial at Cullen Park, opposite the Gunyah Hotel in Walter Street.

Belmont South residents Val and Dorothy McEwan, who raised their concerns about the march move in The Star last week, said they were pleased to hear the march had been moved back to the highway.