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Heywire Trail Blazers 2023 open now: Supporting young regional voices

Applications are now open for the ABC’s Trailblazers program in 2023, which showcases the stories of regional Australia’s brightest new leaders.

Trailblazers is an opportunity for young innovators, aged 18 – 28, who have started social, educational and economic development projects in their regional communities, to have their work celebrated nationally.

Previous Trailblazers projects have tackled issues including strengthening Indigenous culture, youth mental health, sustainable agriculture, employment, education and supporting remote entrepreneurs.

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, The Hon. Catherine King MP, encourages and supports regional Australia’s young leaders to get involved.

“The Trailblazers initiative has supported countless young regional and rural Australians to tell their story and more broadly, to tell the story of regional Australia - one that is as diverse as it is important.”

“Over more than two decades, ABC Heywire and the Trailblazers program has equipped young regional and rural Australians with the skills and opportunities to empower themselves and their communities.”

“In connecting the stories told by remarkable young people who are driving change in rural and regional Australia with the nation, Trailblazers broadens the understanding of what is possible and strengthens the foundation for these future leaders to succeed.”

Who can apply to be a Trailblazer?

Individuals and groups of up to three, aged 18-28, who are initiating projects that create positive change in their communities. From young community leaders to social entrepreneurs, advocates to event organisers, ABC Trailblazers are looking for young people with a commitment to strengthening their regional communities.

What do Trailblazers receive?

  • The chance to have their work featured on the ABC.
  • Exclusive opportunities to apply for Trailblazer Development Fund grants, a partnership with the Sally Foundation and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.
  • Extensive networking, media and leadership opportunities.

Applications close Thursday 20th of October, 2022. To apply, visit

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