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MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon Sandy Macdonald Senator for NSW

AWARDS PROMOTE LOCAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP

NSW Nationals Senator Sandy Macdonald has welcomed the commencement of the 2007 ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards.

"These awards highlight and reward the achievements of young leaders in years 10, 11 and 12 in local high-schools," Senator Macdonald said.

"The attributes of leadership and teamwork are essential in the personal development of our young Australians and also fosters a sense of community spirit. These awards promote such personal qualities."

"Students recognised with an ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award will be recognised with a certificate of merit and an award of up to $500."

In 2006, some 1,750 schools accepted the invitation to participate and just under 5,000 students received awards.

The Awards continue in 2007 with one important modification - a change of the name to reflect the significance of the Battle of Long Tan.

The Battle of Long Tan (18 August 1966) was the first significant military engagement for our soldiers in the Vietnam War and, for Australia, the most costly battle of the war. Eighteen Australians, regulars and national servicemen, were killed or died of wounds.

Invitations to participate in the Awards will be sent out to schools this May, with participation being at the discretion of individual school principals, who will also select the winners.

Principals will be asked to nominate one student from each year who will then, dependent on their year level be awarded with the cash prize of $100 (Year 10), $250 (Year 11) or $500 (Year 12).

Ends… Monday 7 May 2007