on air now

Transport Minister denies veterans will be charged thousands for ANZAC Day marches

The Transport Minister is denying claims RSLs will be charged thousands of dollars to run ANZAC Day marches.

The Mascot RSL sub-branch claims it was told by Transport for NSW officials that, for the first time, they would have to pay for “traffic management plans” for dawn services.

The Daily Telegraph reports the club was told it would be charged almost $5000 for the services.

But Minister Andrew Constance tells Alan Jones says he was “horrified” when he was informed of the decision.

“No RSL is going to be charged while I’m the minister… it is the most important commemorative day in this nation.”

He assures Alan Jones he will get to the bottom of the issue and report back tomorrow.

Click PLAY below to hear the full interview

Transport for NSW Co-ordinator General Marg Prendergast says the entire situation is a case of miscommunication.

Ms Prendergast tells Macquarie National News the confusion appears to have stemmed from an email to Bayside Council.

“Transport has never and will never charge for ANZAC Day marches.

“We think the council has misinterpreted some correspondence which asks to look at alternative options for how to close the road rather than use a special event clearway.”