One young Gippslander is one of the 37 regional winners of this year’s ABC Heywire competition.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester congratulated Sale local Chloe Bethune on her selection at the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra this week.
“Chloe has an extraordinary story and Heywire has provided a platform for her to share it,” Mr Chester said.
“After a near death experience suffering a punctured bowel from scoliosis surgery, Chloe has a new view on life.
“In the last few years Chloe has embraced her Indigenous heritage and is now involved with the Korin Gamadji Institute and the Richmond Emerging Aboriginal Leadership program.
“She now has the chance to tell her story right across Australia thanks to the ABC’s Heywire program.”
ABC has run the Heywire project in partnership with the Australian Government since 1998, encouraging young Australians to engage in the conversation that shape their communities.
Competition winners have the opportunity to take part in an all-expenses-paid trip to the Heywire Summit in Canberra involved leadership workshops, meeting MPs, government departments and community leaders.
“Chloe has become a role model for other youths in her community and begun to take on a leadership role,” Mr Chester said.
“It is very brave of her to share her story and it will inspire others who have faced adversity to do the same.
“Congratulations again Chloe, I look forward to seeing what your bright future holds.”