Local named as an ABC Heywire winner

A LOCAL story teller has been named as one of the Triple J 2015 Heywire winners.

Brooke Hooton, from Tabulam, was named a winner for her story 'The Hooton family has farmed here for 123 years.'

She will be one of a total of 45 young people - the youngest aged at just 16 - to have their voices heard across ABC Radio, TV and Online, and to take centre stage at the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra.

Sharing their take on the issues affecting them, their communities and wider Australian society, these young people will meet with politicians and community leaders in Canberra and develop ideas to make regional Australia an even better place for young people.

ABC Regional's Director Fiona Reynolds says that this year's winners reflect different experiences young people have growing up in regional Australia.

"The bravery and candour of Heywire entries never ceases to inspire us, with 700 excellent stories submitted this year," Ms Reynolds said.

"Through Heywire young people have a unique platform to be heard, develop as leaders, and shape the future of Regional Australia."

From being a governess on a remote station; to discovering youth theatre in a mining town; a young female umpire in a remote AFL league; and fighting fires in the WA Wheatbelt, the 2015 Heywire winners tell it like it is.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, said the Australian Government proudly supported Heywire, contributing more than $400,000 over three years to make this wonderful programme possible.

"These stories show the rest of the nation the vibrancy and diversity, but also the resilience, of our rural and remote communities," he said.

"They are stories of joy, sorrow, adversity and triumph - stories I am incredibly proud can be shared with all Australians."

"I look forward to meeting the winners in Canberra next year and encourage as many other young people to get involved in this amazing programme."



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