The Australian Broadcasting Corporation gives voice to young Australians living in regional areas through the Heywire Competition.
Each year, youth aged 16-22 years (including those who turn 16 by 31 Jan the following year) who do not live in a major city are invited to share stories about themselves and/or their community. This year, the competition closes 16 September.
Winners will have their story featured on the ABC, receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra next February, and have the opportunity to take part in the development of ideas for improving life in regional Australian communities.
The ideas that emerge from the Heywire Summit then have the opportunity to become real projects, thanks to grants from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. Community organisations are invited to adopt and implement the ideas with the help of these grants. A total of $100 000 is available to kickstart these projects all around Australia. (Grants for 2015 are open).
Visit the Heywire competition website to read about some fantastic initiatives that grew from previous Heywire Summits.
The competition has also been a springboard for the individuals who win, opening up doors to employment and to making a difference in the communities of Australia.