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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister 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

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/