Senator backs Heywire to tell regional story


Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald is encouraging young people in the north to share their stories of living in rural and regional areas as part of the annual Heywire competition.

Senator Macdonald, a strong supporter of Heywire, said entries were now open for this year’s competition, which provides young people with a chance to have their story featured on the ABC.

“Since it’s inception more than 10 years ago I’ve been fortunate enough to meet many of the Heywire entrants in Canberra, and I’ve been impressed by the great stories these young people have to tell.

As well as having their stories told, participants spend a week in Canberra visiting national institutions and Parliament House.

“The competition is an excellent platform for them to share their often vastly different perceptions on a whole range of issues relevant to their generation. Participants gain new skills and confidence, and meet new people,” Senator Macdonald said.

“I have always said that Heywire is the best youth program operating in Australia at the present time.”

The competition is open to young people aged 16-22 living in regional, rural or remote Australia. Entrants are encouraged to tell their stories through text, photos, video or audio. Full details on eligibility, including examples of previous winning entries and how to enter are available at www.abc.net.au/heywire/. Entries close on September 16, 2016.

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