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South West Arts | The Passing Out Parade

The Passing Out Parade project aims to capture and celebrate the stories of men and women from the south-west of NSW, both past and present, that have participated in military service or provided support at home.

It will tell stories of the region and the significant events of war that have shaped history and who we are today.

‘The Passing Out Parade’ is a metaphor for the historic parade of people, faces and families that have influenced our region during times of war and conflict – some larger than life, some little known.  It brings our region together under shared values and experiences but also allows each community to express their stories in their own unique and creative way.

This is an arts project that celebrates the spirit of the ANZAC from a rural perspective. It is a regional collaboration between South West Arts, six local councils and numerous community groups and organisations including South West Music Regional Conservatorium, Outback Theatre for Young People, creative writing groups, local schools, RSL Clubs and regional creative artists. Berrigan Shire is the lead shire for this project.

The Passing Out Parade has been funded by the ANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Public Grants Program.

If you would like to contribute a story to the Passing out Parade project, please contact Marg Jefferies on 5881 7749 or email