17 April, 2023
Olivia’s Heywire trip to Canberra
A room full of like-minded people has inspired our very own Olivia Amiet after her recent ABC Heywire trip to Canberra.
‘Super fun”, “rewarding”, and “challenging” were the words Olivia used to describe the experience, where winners from all over the country gathered to brainstorm programs to pitch to our politicians.
Last year, Olivia was the western
plains winner of ABC Heywire, after she
entered a poem she wrote about her parents’
divorce. Winners were then invited
to an event in Canberra, where they discussed
and presented ideas of change for
regional Australia to members of parliament.
“The best part was meeting all the
other winners, and working on the different
programs and things we could take to
parliament,” Olivia said.
As a group, the winners came-up with
six topics that they wanted to focus on.
These were education, mental health, living
with a disability, the Indigenous
Voice, cost-of-living, and safe spaces for
young people. From there, everybody
split into the topic they were most passionate
“I chose education, and there were
seven in our group,” Olivia said.
“We came-up with a program that
would help reduce teachers’ personal
development hours by targeting the four
areas we think are lacking.
“We talked about proper and current
sex education and consent, cultural
diversity, neurodiversity, and holistic
health (mental, physical and spiritual
The group presented their idea to the
panel, which had fantastic feedback.
“They loved the idea of linking it all
to personal development, with all the
workload pressures teachers are under at
Olivia said that communities and different people can now apply for grants to these programs, to try and implement it into their communities.