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JOINT PRESS RELEASE

The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Minister for Human Services
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Mr Andrew Nikolic AM CSC MP, Member for Bass

Saturday, 26 September 2015

SPIRIT OF ANZAC CENTENARY EXPERIENCE TRAVELLING EXHIBITION OPENS IN LAUNCESTON TODAY

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition was officially launched today in Launceston. The interactive experience includes more than 200 artefacts normally housed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

“The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience is the flagship community event of the Anzac Centenary national programme, and provides an opportunity for people in cities and regional Australia to mark the most significant commemorative period in our nation’s history,” Minister Robert said.

“The travelling exhibition was embraced by audiences in the Albury-Wodonga region when it opened its Australian tour earlier this month, with many people saying it was one of the best exhibitions they had ever seen,” Minister Robert said.

Launceston is the second of 23 locations the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience will visit between September 2015 and April 2017, with the Silverdome hosting the experience from Saturday, 26 September to Friday, 2 October 2015.

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience includes a community zone which enables local communities to uncover the contribution made by their men and women – both those who served and the families and loved ones who remained at home.

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience is a free event but bookings are essential as places are limited. Bookings for individuals and for groups of up to thirty people can be made at www.spiritofanzac.gov.au.

Mr Andrew Nikolic, Member for Bass and representing Minister Robert at the opening, said the Australian Government – Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the Australian War Memorial and the Department of Defence – supported by the Commonwealth Bank and Telstra, are proud to bring the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience to Launceston.

“This exhibition will bring many unique artefacts to Launceston that are rarely seen outside of Canberra,” Mr Nikolic said.

“I would encourage everyone from Launceston and the surrounding areas to take up this once in a lifetime opportunity to see these artefacts so close to home and book a time to attend the exhibition.”

The travelling exhibition is intended to improve understanding of Australia’s wartime experience, its impacts and its lessons, to carry forward the Anzac spirit and values.

More information, including the tour itinerary, is available at www.spiritofanzac.gov.au.

Media enquiries: Minister Robert: Richard Briedis 0477 391 174

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