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Back Roads returns to ABCTV with Yackandandah Street Festival

NewsKevin Perry

ABC journalist Heather Ewart with Yackandandah musician Pete Denahy
image source - Border Mail

The local Yackandandah community, ‘Back Roads’ presenter Heather Ewart and the ABC will reunite on Friday November 25 to deliver a cracking street party complete with a live radio broadcast from the Northern Victorian town's main street.

This event will celebrate the return of Back Roads (on ABC TV from Monday 28th November) and launch the expansion of Back Roads as a digital initiative with more stories to explore online and on mobile.

When Back Roads aired in 2015 Australians fell in love with Yackandandah’s positive community spirit, its creative artisan culture and its ‘can-do’ attitude. In returning to Yack the ABC will celebrate its commitment to sharing the stories of regional Australia with national audiences.

The Director of ABC Regional, Fiona Reynolds, said Back to Yack will not only showcase more inspiring and poignant stories from Yackandandah it will also celebrate resourceful regional communities across the country.

“When I watched the Yackandandah episode of Back Roads I wanted to move there.  This small community, like so many others across the country, is not only resilient but vibrant because its residents are simply prepared to ‘have a go’ in the great Australian tradition.”

The host of Back Roads, Heather Ewart, said,

“All around the country people stop me and tell me how much they’ve loved getting to know these towns through the program and the Yackandandah episode is often mentioned as one of their favourites.”

Indigo Shire CEO Gerry Smith said he was delighted with the ABC decision to launch the digital format of Back Roads in Yackandandah.

“When the episode on Yackandandah went to air we almost crashed the website such was the community’s collective enthusiasm to see their town in the spotlight. The street party will be one to remember and I hope as many people as possible can come along and participate. I know that this community will turn out in droves.”

More details about the event will be announced towards the end of October.