Essay Competition To Teach Youth The Value Of ANZAC

Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott today urged young people across Western Sydney to embrace the ANZAC legend and enter the ANZAC Youth Ambassadors Essay Competition, sponsored by ClubsNSW.

Mr Elliott is offering six students the opportunity to visit Gallipoli, France, Ypres and Westminster Abbey for Remembrance Day this year and to engage with the community on the importance of the ANZAC legacy.

“The full narrative of the ANZAC legacy is often understated in our schools,” Mr Elliott said.

“While Gallipoli is certainly the most well-known aspect of the ANZAC story, the efforts of Australian soldiers on the Western Front, be it in Villers-Bretonneux, Ypres or Passchendaele, played just as significant a role in shaping our national ethos.

“Equipping our youth with the whole of the ANZAC narrative, enabling them to pass the legend on to their peers, ensures an engaging of our next generation with our history.”

ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said that ClubsNSW was proud to sponsor the ANZAC Youth Ambassadors Essay Competition and will be encouraging young people to apply for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

“With the Centenary of ANZAC fast approaching, it is now more important than ever to encourage younger Australians to actively engage in ensuring the ANZAC legacy lives on,” he said.

The prize will be open to school students aged 16-17, with students to visit sacred Australian historical sites and attend the Westminster Abbey Remembrance Day Service.

Mr Elliott said this opportunity was unique to the Centenary of ANZAC and that students from all backgrounds could engage with history as a discipline while increasing their understanding of their nation.

“These students can share their experience and knowledge with others from backgrounds
which may not find engagement as easy with the ANZAC narrative.”

Entrants are to submit a 1000 word essay entitled “Why the Centenary of ANZAC is Important for Modern Australia” by email to
by 5:00PM 31 JULY 2014.


  1. Entrants must be minimum 16 years of age and not yet 18 years of age by 1 November 2014
  2. Entrants are to submit a 1000 word essay entitled “Why the Centenary of ANZAC is Important for Modern Australia” by email to by 5:00PM 31 JULY 2014.
  3. Essays shall be judged by a panel including, but not limited to, Major General Warren Glenny AO RFD ED, Dr Roza Sage MP and The Hon Nathan Rees MP
  4. The winners of the competition will be announced on 31 August 2014.
  5. Entrants must live within the Local Government Areas of:
  • Auburn City
  • Bankstown City
  • Blacktown City
  • Blue Mountains City
  • Camden
  • Campbelltown City
  • Fairfield City
  • Hawkesbury City
  • Holroyd City
  • Liverpool City
  • Parramatta City
  • Penrith City
  • The Hills Shire
  • Wollondilly Shire
  1. Entrants will be required to provide $500 of their own money for miscellaneous expenditure purposes while on the trip.
  2. Students must have access to an Ipad or laptop.
  3. Participants are responsible for their own passports and visas where applicable.
  4. The successful participants will leave Sydney on 1 November 2014 and return to Sydney on 13 November 2014.
  5. The successful entrants, by participating in this programme, agree to allow Mr David Elliott MP and ClubsNSW to quote from and republish their essays.
  6. Participants will be required to keep comprehensive diaries of their trip and their experiences.
  7. Successful entrants agree to attend community appointments between Australia Day 2015 and ANZAC Day 2015 at which registered clubs and their NSW Member of Parliament may require them to speak about their essay and experience.
  8. Successful participants will be accompanied by Mr David Elliott MP, Member for Baulkham Hills, Dr Roza Sage MP, Member for Blue Mountains, and Mr Jason Morrison, journalist for The Daily Telegraph and 2GB.
  9. All entries must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae or resume with three referees.
  10. The final 20 candidates will be required to attend an interview.