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Do you know a rural teen who would benefit from a once-in-a-lifetime ‘Power Trip’ to Canberra?

Country to Canberra was founded in 2014 by Hannah Wandel with the goal to empower rural female and non-binary teens to think big when it came to their communities and their futures.

Having grown up on a small farm outside Blyth in northern South Australia, Hannah remembers her hometown fondly but says it didn’t come without obstacles, including a lack of exposure to cities like Canberra.

“It’s the heartland of Australian democracy, where ideas are turned into reality,” says Hannah. “I love bringing young rural women to Canberra to connect them with phenomenal female role models and mentors in our city…the girls are always so inspired by these trailblazers and go home empowered to make a positive impact in their local communities.”

This year, Country to Canberra’s Leadership Competition has returned and will award young women and non-binary teens in years 10-12 with an all-expenses-paid trip to Canberra to meet with politicians and CEOs, undertake leadership training, advocate on key issues, tour Parliament and more.

“From Julie Bishop and Tanya Plibersek to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, past winners have met with top leaders and gained leadership skills that have helped them go on to make a difference in their local communities,” says Country to Canberra Deputy CEO Han Worsley.

2019 winners with Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Entry to the 2020 competition is through a 2-3 minute video or short written submission that answers the question: Lifting Us Up: How can women and girls empower each other and their communities in times of uncertainty and change?

Han says that this year’s question is all about the current state of our world.

“Through bushfires, drought and now COVID-19, 2020 has been a challenging year for many rural communities, and we’d like the entrants to reflect on the impact this has had on themselves and their communities,” says Han. “We want to hear young people’s views on how we can push through these challenges.”

“Time, distance and funding can make life tough for rural students at the best of times, and we believe the training and ongoing mentorship that Country to Canberra provides is crucial now more than ever.”


To enter, Country to Canberra is asking girls to either submit a 2-3 minute video or 400-600 words with their answer to: Lifting Us Up: How can women and girls empower each other and their communities in times of uncertainty and change?

Country to Canberra is encouraging all eligible rural students in grades 10-12 to take part.

For further details visit countrytocanberra.com.au.

Entries close 11 pm AEST, 4 September 2020.

Feature image: Country to Canberra’s 2019 Leadership Competition winners outside Parliament House

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