Heywire 2017 winners announced

Media Release

FN096/2016

15 December 2016

  • Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash congratulates 2017 Heywire winners
  • Heywire gives young regional Australians an opportunity to share their stories and highlight issues that matter the most to them
  • The winners will participate in the Heywire Youth Summit in February 2017 and meet with members of Parliament and community leaders

I am proud to congratulate the 41 inspiring winners of the 2017 ABC Heywire competition.

These fantastic stories from talented young Australians highlight the unique opportunities, various passions and achievements of youth living in rural and regional Australia.

This year there were 650 applicants, with winners coming from all walks of life across the country, ranging from Mitchells Island in New South Wales to Gibson in Western Australia.

Rural, regional and remote Australia remains an essential part of our national identity and these young people share a unique perspective which most Australians have not experienced.

These stories highlight the strength and resilience that young rural Australians possess.

I look forward to meeting with the winners in February 2017 where they will also meet with members of Parliament and community leaders. They will have an opportunity to share and develop their ideas and achieve positive change within their communities.

For more information on Heywire and for a list of winners, visit www.abc.net.au/heywire/winners/