Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Regional ‘Trailblazers’ being called into the spotlight

Media Release


08 June 2018

  • Regional youth to find their voice through national comp
  • The ABC Heywire Trailblazers program provides access to a broad media platform for young regional leaders to reach a wider audience for their issues
  • Applications are now open to people aged 18 to 28 in regional Australia

Young leaders and innovators in regional Australia are invited to apply for an incredible package of support as part of the Trailblazer program designed to provide a national platform for regional and local issues.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the ABC Heywire Trailblazer program acknowledges regional youth who have created projects to strengthen their communities, working in areas including Indigenous culture, agriculture, business, as well as mental and sexual health.

Trailblazers is a fantastic initiative shining a light on some of our brightest young regional entrepreneurs and providing them the opportunity to tell their stories on the ABC, and receive networking, mentoring and media coverage,” Dr McVeigh said.

“Many young people are already helping to address the challenges facing regional Australia and through the Trailblazers program they can reach a broader audience and have the opportunity to put some of their ideas into action.”

Dr McVeigh said individuals aged 18 to 28, and groups of up to three, will be offered the chance to take part in a five-day leadership workshop in the Trailblazer Lab in Canberra and to have their projects promoted nationally through the ABC.

“Successful applicants from previous years include Talitha Devadass who used the platform to raise awareness about youth unemployment in northern Tasmania. Her program provides support, training and mentorship to budding entrepreneurs looking to start their own businesses,” Dr McVeigh said.

“Another past success story is Rona Glynn-McDonald who shared her passion for Indigenous language and culture by creating Common Ground, a tool for bridging gaps in knowledge and building a more inclusive society that embraces and celebrates our First Australians.

“We need more young people to see that you don't have to move to the big cities to make a difference and I would encourage all young regional Australian's to find their voice and submit an application.”

The Trailblazers program is an extension of the Heywire Regional Youth Summit and is designed to provide participants with presentation and pitching skills to further develop their ideas into viable projects.

Applications close Friday 13 July, 2018.

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