Western Front tour postponed

Tasman District School student Melanie Shoobridge who was due to travel to Europe as part of a 10-day study tour of the Western Front in France.

Six Tasmanian students including a Tasman local have had their Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize study tour postponed.

Tasman District School student Melanie Shoobridge was due to travel to Europe as part of a 10-day study tour of the Western Front in France and Belgium taking in many of the areas where soldier Frank MacDonald served.

Tasman District School student Melanie Shoobridge who was due to travel to Europe as part of a 10-day study tour of the Western Front in France.

Veteran Affairs Minister and Lyons MP Guy Barnett said sadly the trip had been suspended due to Covid-19.

“The tour was to give prize winners the opportunity to study Australia’s participation in the Great War, and subsequent wars, by taking a study tour to visit significant World War One landmarks and battlefields on the Western Front in Europe,’’ Mr Barnett said.

“Tour participants, their families and schools have been notified.

“This is obviously unfortunate for all participants but the health and safety of Tasmanians will always come first.

“Rescheduling the tour is being considered, subject to travel and health advice, comprehensive risk management and mitigation planning.’’

The Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize is open to Tasmanian Year 9 students from government and non-government schools, as well as home-schooled students in the same year level.

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