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Durack youth go Heywire – and get rewarded

When it comes to young talent telling inspiring stories, Durack has many runs on the board.

And when it comes to going Heywire, Durack youngsters can do that too!

This year Durack boasts six winners in the ABC Heywire competition, the annual regional youth project that has partnered with the Federal Government since 1998.

Federal Member for Durack and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price congratulated the six winners and said she’s proud of these young people who have the courage and confidence to have their stories and voices heard across the nation and internationally.

“These young people give listeners an insight into their lives in regional, rural and remote Australia, from the uniqueness of living in the bush; personal challenges they may face - or have faced and overcome; an event that has impacted their lives; or something they are passionate about,” Ms Price said.

“Their stories are often compelling and inspiring and sometimes tackle some difficult issues.

“I’d like to congratulate the following six winning Durack young residents for sharing their stories of difficulty, hope and inspiration.”

  • Brianna Merema from Broome – Nineteen eye operations to be able to see the world
  • Alexander Rajagopalan from Bruce Rock – Yes, I have pectus excavatum and yes, I am embarrassed by it
  • Kassidy Fuller from Bullfinch – Drought and the threat of a live export ban put the family farm at risk
  • Raymond Binsiar from Buttah Windee near Meekatharra – My dad is growing fish in the outback to help keep my family together
  • Kritsana Phuseekhio from Christmas Island – Moving to Christmas Island but do they even have 4G?
  • Kurt Richards from Dowerin – There’s a new generation of shearers coming

Heywire is open to people aged 16-22 living in regional or rural Australia. Over the past 17 years more than 9,000 young Australians have taken part, some going on to develop their ideas and others to find employment.

Winners get an all-expenses paid trip to the Heywire Summit in Canberra, to develop ideas to make regional Australia a better place for young people.

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

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