Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State


Registrations for the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition tickets will open for people in the Launceston region today, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson has announced together with local MPs Andrew Nikolic, Eric Hutchinson and Brett Whiteley.

“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,” Senator Ronaldson said.

Launceston is one 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 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 from today,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“The travelling exhibition will provide an interactive commemorative experience using visuals, museum-quality artefacts, audio and film. A key feature of the exhibition will be a ‘local stories’ zone featuring contributions from local communities.”

Member for Bass Andrew Nikolic said the Australian Government in partnership with the Australian War Memorial, supported by Telstra and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia was proud to bring the travelling exhibition 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 exhibit.”

Member for Lyons Eric Hutchinson said he welcomed the opportunity the Launceston event would provide for people from across Northern Tasmania to see this unique exhibition.

“It is fantastic that Launceston has been selected as one of the very first locations nationally for the exhibition,” Mr Hutchinson said.

“This is a great opportunity for schools, families and individuals to learn more about the First World War and the role Australia played during this period 100 years ago.”

Member for Braddon Brett Whiteley said the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience would provide an interactive perspective of the First World War.

“From the moment someone enters the exhibition, it is as though they are landing on the shores of Gallipoli. From here, they will trace Australia’s involvement in the war through the Western Front, Egypt and Palestine, right up to the signing of the Armistice,” Mr Whiteley said.

The Australian Government is supporting a number of commemorative, educational and cultural initiatives during the Anzac Centenary 2014-2018 – honouring the service and sacrifice of all those who have served Australia, including the more than 102,000 who have lost their lives.

For more information on the Spirit of Anzac Experience and touring locations visit www.spiritofanzac.gov.au. For more information on the Anzac Centenary Programme visit www.anzaccentenary.gov.au.

Media enquiries:

Minister Ronaldson: Mark Lee 02 6277 7820 or 0408 547 381

Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 4719

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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