Flying Biloela flag wins young apprentice Heywire gong

LOCAL STORY: Biloela’s Peter Garret won the ABC’s Heywire competition for the Capricornia Region in 2013.
LOCAL STORY: Biloela’s Peter Garret won the ABC’s Heywire competition for the Capricornia Region in 2013.

A YOUNG apprentice's passion for his home town in Central Queensland has made for a winning entry in ABC's Heywire Competition, a nationwide program offering young people living in regional Australia a chance to share their stories.

Peter Garret has lived in Biloela for most of his life and wanted to share with others what is great about living in a small town as well as scuttling some of the negative assumptions made about mining communities.

"A lot of people take Biloela for granted," he said.

"They think that it's just a camp for the mine.

"It doesn't have a cinema or theme park, but it's got a local motocross, BMX, just about any sport that you'd want to play."

In his story, Mr Garrett explores some of the issues facing Bioela and other industry-focused towns.

"One problem that I do see with the work opportunities is that a lot of people from out of town come here to work and then leave on weekends. This doesn't contribute to the community. And I think these workers are missing out on the best part," he said.

On the other side, Mr Garret said young people left the region because they didn't realise what the town offered.

Winners for 2013 were announced on December 12.

The winning entrants, including Mr Garret, will now travel to Canberra for the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in February.

His entry can be viewed at http://www.abc.net.au/heywire

Fast facts

  • Competition for 16-22-years-olds
  • Share stories about living outside cities
  • Submissions can be made in text, video, audio and photography
  • Entries for 2014 close September 16


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