Call for media registration to attend the 100th commemorations of the Battles of Fromelles and Pozières, France – 19 and 23 July 2016
The Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) is managing media registration for Australian and French media organisations proposing to cover the commemoration of the Battles of Fromelles and Pozières, to be held as follows:
Battle of Fromelles 100th Anniversary – Tuesday, 19 July 2016
||Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery
||10:00: Site opens
12:00: Pre-service program commences
13:00: Service commences
Battle of Pozières 100th Anniversary – Saturday, 23 July 2016
||1st Australian Division Memorial Pozières
||12:00: site opens
15:00: pre-service program commences
16:00: Commemoration commences
This is the second opportunity for the Australian and French media to register their interest (forms follow). If you have already provided DVA with your expression of interest and details, you do not need to register again. A confirmation of your registration will be sent to you by the end of June. If you consider you have registered with DVA, and have not heard from us by 30 June, please contact us directly.
Media briefings and opportunities
Media briefings for the commemorations will occur onsite at the following times, and registered media are strongly encouraged to attend:
- 10.30am, Monday, 18 July 2016: Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery
- 10:30am, Friday, 22 July 2016: 1st Australian Division Memorial Pozières
Media identification passes and very limited parking permits for official media production vehicles will be distributed at the briefings. Important information will also be provided including the order of events and onsite arrangements.
The briefings will be followed by a media opportunity with selected commemoration participants. Further information on this, and other media opportunities in France in the lead-up to the commemorations, will be provided to registered media closer to the commemorations.
All sites have restricted onsite parking and will only be available for a limited number of official media production vehicles. There will be no general media vehicle parking available on site.
Transport, travel and accommodation
Media representatives are responsible for organising their own travel, transport and accommodation. Accommodation in the Somme region is limited and bookings should be made well in advance.
Mr Dale Starr
Media Director - Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs
Tel: +61 (0) 6289 4719 (in Australia until 10 July)
Mr Romain Parlier
Australian Embassy Paris
Tel: 33 1 40 59 34 00
Mobile: 33 6 15 17 29 95
Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.