23 November 2019

Navy's freedom of entry may cause Spilt Milk delays

| Dominic Giannini
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Freedom of entry march

Ship’s company of HMAS Canberra (III) exercise their right to freedom of entry to the city of Canberra in November 2015. Photo: Royal Australian Navy.

Festival-goers are being warned to expect delays on their way to Spilt Milk with road closures affecting parts of the city as officers and crew from the HMAS Canberra march down to Civic Square.

Periodic road closures between 9:00 am and midday on Saturday morning will be in place as the march travels from Akuna Street, along Bunda Street, on Northbourne Avenue and then onto London Circuit.

Royal Australian Navy Officers will then challenge the ACT Chief Police Officer, Ray Johnson, to exercise their freedom of entry to Canberra.

According to the Navy, “freedom of entry is the most honourable distinction a city may bestow on a contingent of the Australian Defence Force and is celebrated with a ceremonial parade through the city streets”.

The parade will then continue along London Circuit, turning left into Akuna Street and conclude, the Police say.

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