Media Release – 20 July, 2017

Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson is urging local high school students to apply for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to retrace the footsteps of the Anzacs.

Six young people from across NSW will have the chance to travel to historic battlefields in Greece and Israel as part of the 2017 Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program.

Katrina welcomed the launch of the program, encouraging local high school students to take part in the essay competition.

“I encourage students from across the Cootamundra electorate to apply for the Premier’s Anzac Ambassadors Program to retrace the steps of our Anzacs who gave so much for our country,” Katrina said.

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said it was important for young people and students to understand and commemorate the great sacrifices the Anzacs made over 100 years ago in foreign wars and on foreign battlefields.

“This journey to key World War I battlegrounds is an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of the events and contributions made by young men and women that shaped our nation a century ago,” he said.

The six successful applicants will travel to Lemnos in Greece and to Israel for the centenary of the Charge of the Fourth Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba as part of a two-week tour, which is sponsored by ClubsNSW.

Interested students have been asked to submit a 1000-word essay on “Why is the Centenary of Anzac important for modern Australia and what lessons are learned from the Battle of Beersheba in 1917?

The tour will leave Sydney on 24 October and return home 5 November. Applications close Monday 31 July 2017.

For more information about how to enter, please visit

 Media: Daniel Johns on 6924 2533 or 0477 722 428


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