Heywire winners smash the stereotype of rural youth

12 February, 2015

Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, will tonight celebrate the achievements of the 2014 ABC Heywire winners at a function in Canberra.

Senator Colbeck said the 40 winners have interesting and diverse stories to share such as young women in agriculture; sport bringing the community together; working to improve mental health in regional Australia; surviving drought and helping the community rebuild after natural disasters.

"The ABC Heywire competition is a fantastic platform for young people from rural and regional areas share their stories with the rest of Australia and smash the stereotype of rural youth," he said.

"I encourage all of the Heywire winners to make the most of this opportunity to build their skills and network with other young people, politicians, agriculture sector leaders and ABC staff."

Senator Colbeck said there are exciting opportunities for young people to be part of Australia's agricultural future and take up job opportunities in regional areas.

"Young people are already doing great things in agriculture, they are managing larger properties using more technology, less people, and driving down the cost of inputs," he said.

"We need to get the message out that agriculture in Australia is a success story, and youth can be a part of it."

Senator Colbeck will speak at the Heywire Presentation Dinner in Canberra tonight and present certificates to the winners from around Australia.

Heywire is a competition that invites young people from across rural, regional and remote Australia to share their story and represent their hometown by attending a Youth Summit in Canberra - more than 10,000 young Australians have shared their stories over the last 17 years.

For more information about ABC Heywire visit www.abc.net.au/heywire/winners/

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