|The 2015 Benalla Festival 2015 Writing Competition has been launched, inviting people of all ages to tell stories that exemplify the theme, Heart of the Country – celebrating our country spirit, the theme of this year’s festival. |
The writing competition is a very popular aspect of the festival, attracting 114 entries last year, with the youngest entrant aged seven and the oldest 97. Cash prizes are offered for the winners, as well as an iPad, all of which are sponsored by the Bendigo Bank. The categories for entries are Primary School, Secondary School, and Open.
“This is an opportunity for our aspiring writers, young and old, to tell us about things that they see or have experienced in our community that sum up our festival theme,” said Cr Suzy Martin, Chair of the Benalla Festival Advisory Committee.
“This might include writing about one of the great characters in our community, past heroes like Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop, Hec Waller, Sir John Monash or even Ned Kelly,” Cr Martin said.
“They might also write about their favourite place to visit, the important role volunteers have played in their life or someone else’s, or even their sports team,” she said.
Entries close on Friday 23 October 2015 at 5pm and can be submitted at the Customer Service Centre, 1 Bridge Street East, Benalla, or posted to the Council at PO Box 227, Benalla, 3671, marked “Writing Competition”.
The winners will be announced on Thursday 5 November 2015 at the Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop Learning Centre.
People can visit www.benallafestival.com for more information or call the Events Coordinator on (03) 5760 2600.
Image: St Joseph's Primary School children left to right: Sarah, Isaac, Lochy and Malaika with Cr Barbara Alexander and Brett Moloney, Senior Customer Service Officer with Bendigo Bank Benalla