FRRR awards nine Heywire Youth Innovation Grants

Nine communities across Australia will soon begin addressing some of the biggest issues facing young people in rural and regional Australia, thanks to the FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program, which were announced today.

The Foundation pledged $70,000 as seed funding to enable communities to adopt or adapt one of the seven ideas put forward at the 2013 ABC Heywire Regional Youth Summit.

FRRR CEO, Alexandra Gartmann, said that the assessment panel was impressed by the innovative and inclusive way in which communities embraced and responded to these ideas.

“There are clearly very real concerns around the issues raised by the Heywire Winners, especially mental health, which received the largest number of applications. All of the issues - drink driving, body-image, sexuality, red-tape, the portrayal of young people in the media and connecting farmers and food consumers –resonated across communities and geographies,” Ms Gartmann said. “We are very excited about the projects that have been chosen and hope they will be role-models for other communities.”

“There were so many communities who put a lot of time and effort in to developing well-considered, broadly-supported projects to address these critical issues,” explained ABC Heywire Executive Producer, Dan Hirst, who was part of the judging panel. “All of the projects we’ve chosen involve young people working with their community, influencing the shape and character of their communities”

The inaugural FRRR Heywire Youth Innovation Grant recipients are:

Project Name

Recipient & Location



Fresh Face Friday

The Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation

Dodges Ferry, TAS

A national multi-media campaign to educate and help young people with body image issues, by encouraging them to share stories and go make up free on Friday of National Body Image Awareness Week 2014.
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Farmers’ Future

AgConnect WA

Northam, WA

A promotional campaign, involving QR codes on local produce, which links consumers and farmers in the Wheat Belt of WA via a mobile-friendly website.
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Getting the Balance Right

Barkly Regional Arts Inc

Tennant Creek, NT

Creating video postcards to highlight remote & indigenous young people’s voices, to be showcased during Youth Week 2014.
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Breaking Down the Door

Queensland Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association

Gladstone, QLD

An event to encourage acceptance of sexual diversity and increase awareness, education and tollerance in the community, and the creation of an ongoing LGBT youth support network.
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Breaking Down the Door

Cleve Youth Advisory Committee, District Council of Cleve

Arno Bay, SA

A youth-led, day-long event to create and build acceptance of youth voices, sexual and cultural diversity to strengthen community connections.
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The Green Room

Spirit of the Land Lockhart Incorporated

Lockhart, NSW

A four-part program to engage youth in the existing Spirit of the Land Festival, with a focus on increasing mental health awareness and literacy.
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The Green Room

Youth Action Council,
Northern Grampians Shire Council

Stawell, VIC

Delivering mental health awareness and literacy workshops in 14 primary and secondary schools, as well as 10 mental health first aid workshops open to the broader community.
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Keys Please Kiosk

Byron Youth Service Inc

Byron Bay, NSW

Operate a kiosk to collect car keys at five public events that attract youth, and encourage a clear breathalyser reading before keys are returned, in conjunction with a youth led education and promotional campaign.
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Cutting the Red Tape

Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce Industry & Tourism Inc

Ingham, QLD

A program to engage youth and local business leaders, that aims to develop four ideas each supported with $2k seed funding. This will create opportunities for youth input in civic life and transfer skills and knowledge.
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