Celebrating the power of youth promoting change in regional Australia

Media Release

FN011/2017

10 February 2017

  • Minister Nash congratulates ABC's 2017 Heywire Regional Youth Summit for displaying resilience and creativity.
  • Issues covered included drug addiction, isolation and fighting mental health stigmas.
  • Heywire gives young rural, regional and remote Australians the opportunity to share the stories and issues that matter most to them and their communities.

The power of young people to promote rural, regional and remote Australia and improve their communities was celebrated last night in Canberra.

In an address to the ABC's 2017 Heywire Regional Youth Summitgala dinner on Thursday night, Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the event was a celebration of the resilience and creativity shown by the young regional Australians.

Heywire gives young rural, regional and remote Australians a voice and a platform to share their amazing and inspirational stories,” Minister Nash said.

In December 2016 Minister Nash announced the results of the 2017 ABC Heywire competition, providing 41 young winners with the opportunity to broadcast issues of importance across the ABC.

“I'm delighted that Heywire has been expanded with the launch of the Trailblazer program,” she said.

Trailblazers refers to emerging leaders—who in this case, have initiated and led projects that strengthen their communities.

“Their projects showcase some incredibly important and difficult issues, amongst them: how to deal with isolation, how to revive a township, fighting mental health stigmas and ‘ice’ addiction.

“Another fantastic Heywire initiative is the annual Regional Youth Summit.

“As part of this five-day program, we politicians get to rub shoulders with Heywire winners and Trailblazers to hear what matters to young regional Australians, and they get to see how and where we do our jobs.”

“Your achievements in the Heywire program have made your families, your friends and your communities proud,” Minister Nash said.

“I hope you all go on to even bigger and better things, and I thank you for your personal investment and contributions in regional, rural and remote Australia.”

For more information on Heywire visit: http://www.abc.net.au/heywire/