THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Minister for Indigenous Health
23 November 2010
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, today encouraged Australians who are passionate about our wartime heritage to consider volunteering to be part of the 2011 team of Australians helping with Anzac Day commemorations in Gallipoli, Turkey.
Those interested have just one week to nominate for the Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) program with applications closing on 30 November 2010.
Mr Snowdon said the contribution of volunteers on the ground at Gallipoli is highly valued.
“Volunteers are very dedicated. They fund their way there and assist with a range of activities, including site preparation, crowd liaison and the distribution of visitor information packs,” he said.
Conservation Volunteer Australia’s program runs from 19–30 April, with up to 25 places available. Volunteers must be over 18 years of age.
The cost to the individual is $5090 inclusive of return international airfares (departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth), all meals, hotel accommodation, coach and ferry transportation, battlefield visits, project leaders and some recreational activities.
The Australian and New Zealand Governments, together with the Turkish authorities plan, organise and facilitate the commemorative services for thousands of people on the Gallipoli Peninsula, including the Dawn Service, Australian service at Lone Pine and New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair.
Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) has played an important role in helping Australian and New Zealand visitors at the Anzac Day commemorations over the past five years.
Mr Snowdon encouraged all Australians interested in this unique volunteer opportunity to contact CVA on 1800 032 501 or visit www.conservationvolunteers.com.au
For information about Anzac Day commemorations visit www.dva.gov.au
Minister Snowdon: Alice Plate 0400 045 999
Dept of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203