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Media Release


The Hon Bruce Scott MP

Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Federal Member for Maranoa



17 April 1998


The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Scott, is encouraging Victorian Veterans to let th eir creative juices flow and submit entries into the 36 th annual Story Writing & Art Competition.

"I was delighted with the 930 entries the competition attracted last year, 232 of which were from people living in rural areas," Mr Scott said.

"As a part of the Federal Government’s, Their Service - Our Heritage commemorative program, entries from the true war stories category will be forwarded to the Australian War Memorial, where they will be added to the private records collection and be made available for research projects and general access."

Introduced in 1962 as a rehabilitation tool for veteran in-patients at the then Repatriation General Hospital, Heidelberg, the competition now allows for entries from war widows(ers) and the spouses of veterans throughout Victoria.

All entries in the art, craft and photography sections will be exhibited at the Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre, Heidelberg. 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 art sections.

Entry forms and further details are available from the Story Writing & Art Competition Co-ordinator, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, GPO Box 87A, Melbourne VIC 3001 or by telephoning (03) 9284 6584 or toll-free 1800 113304.

Media Contact: Tony Carr, Chair SWAC Steering Committee 

Ph: 03 9284 6634 or 1800 113 304