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Chief Minister’s Anzac Spirit Awards

Three Territory students will visit France for a tour of WWI battlefields after being selected to participate in the Chief Minister’s Anzac Spirit Study Tour next year.

The Anzac Spirit Study Tour was started in 2011 to enhance awareness of the importance and continuing significance of Anzac Day in the Northern Territory community.

“The Northern Territory Government is committed to encouraging young Territorians to discover the crucial role our Defence Force plays in our history,” Mr Gunner said.

“The Anzac Spirit Study Tour encourages young Territorians to explore the history of Anzac Day and the continuing importance of Australia’s involvement in various conflicts and peacekeeping missions.

“It was started under a Labor Government five years ago, giving Territory students a once in a lifetime opportunity to honour an important part of Australia’s history.

“Next year students will visit France for a 10-day tour of WWI battlefields and also attend the Anzac Day commemorations in Villers-Bretonneux, France.”

This year marks 100 years since the Australian Imperial Forces fought in their first major action on the Western Front at the Battle of Fromelles and the Battle of Pozières. The students will tour these battlefields.

The students are:

o        Danica Jenner, Year 10, Good Shepherd Lutheran College (Video)

o        Braeden Parnell, Year 10, St John’s Catholic College (Essay)

o        Lovina Koch, Year 10,  Palmerston Senior College (Song)

To win a place on the tour, students answered the question ‘The Anzac Spirit arose from the actions of soldiers 100 years ago. What is it that keeps the Anzac Spirit alive?’

The students answered the question in a number of different formats including video, essay, and song. Entries will open for the 2018 Chief Ministers Anzac Spirit Study Tour on Anzac Day 2017.

Media Contact:   Cameron Angus 0404 021 192