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Unleashing the creative talents of the veteran community.

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The Hon. Danna Vale MP Minister for Veterans' Affairs Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence

Media Release

Thursday 8 May 2003 VA042


The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Danna Vale, has called for entries in the 41st annual Veteran Community Story Writing and Art Competition, a chance for Victorian veterans and their families to show off their talent and submit their stories, poems, art, craft or photographs.

“For the past four decades, this competition has provided the veteran community with the opportunity to explore new and creative avenues, helping them to live challenging and fulfilling lives.

“In previous years, the written entries have shown a wealth of wisdom, humour and historical knowledge. The art, craft and photography entries have reflected a creativity that is unique to the veteran community,” Mrs Vale said.

All art and craft entries will go on display at an exhibition in October, with the public encouraged to attend. Prizes and special awards will be presented at an official ceremony.

“Photographs of the winning submissions in the art, craft and photography sections will be reproduced in a Story Writing & Art Competition book along with the winning entries in the poetry and story sections.

“All those who enter their true war experience anecdotes will have their stories submitted for inclusion in the private records collection of the Australian War Memorial, where they will be made available for research projects and general access, as part of the Federal Government’s Saluting Their Service program,” the Minister said.

Entries close on 15 August.

Entry forms and further details are available from the Story Writing & Art Competition Coordinator Department of Veterans’ Affairs GPO Box 87A Melbourne VIC 3001

or by telephoning 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from country Victoria.

Media Contact: Rachael Thompson (02) 6277 7820 or 0417 265 289