The ABC has confirmed details for a new TV series that puts the focus on regional Australia.
Back Roads transports audiences to some of the nation’s most remote and inspiring communities that highlight rural Australia’s trademark grit, generosity, humour and innovation.
Each week the ABC's National Affairs Correspondent, Heather Ewart, who grew up on a sheep and wheat farm in Victoria, uncovers corners of Australia where misfortune has brought some to their knees, but imagination, faith and fun has lifted them back up.
“They’re proud communities like my hometown, full of surprises, fight and spirit,” says Heather.
Back Roads premiering Monday, 30 November at 8pm on ABC TV, will take the timeslot normally occupied by Australian Story for the Summer break, and comes along at a time when the ABC is under fire for reducing regional radio services. The series sees Heather Ewart return to the bush after last year’s series on the National Party.
Heather’s first stop is Ceduna in South Australia, before the eight-part series traverses the country from Derby in West Australia; Birchip and Yackandandah in Victoria; Winton and Karumba in Queensland; the Clarence River region in New South Wales to Queenstown in Tasmania.
Fiona Reynolds, Director of the ABC’s Regional division, says, “The ABC is committed to sharing regional stories and conversations, not only locally but with audiences right across the country. Back Roads will give national audiences an insight into some of our smallest communities”.