Takeover Melbourne is a new initiative from the ABC in partnership with Resilient Melbourne, VicHealth, and the Centre for Multicultural Youth, amplifying the voices of young Melburnians (aged 12 to 18 years).

The 2020 Takeover Melbourne winners have been announced – one from each of Melbourne’s metropolitan council areas. The winners have worked with the ABC to have their stories produced and broadcast locally and nationally on ABC TV, ABC Radio and the ABC website. A Gala Screening Event will be held in late 2020 to celebrate the winners. An Australian first, Takeover Melbourne enhances the resilience of young Melburnian’s by placing them at the centre of conversations that shape their communities. 

Visit the ABC Takeover Melbourne webpage to hear the inspirational winning stories shared by Melbourne’s young people.

From growing up with Tourette’s syndrome, to overcoming internalised racism, from finishing year 12 during COVID-19, to rebuilding after the Black Saturday bushfires, the stories showcase the resilience and talent of the city’s young people. From disability advocates and geologists, to musicians and sport fanatics, the 32 stories paint a vivid picture of Melbourne in 2020.

“There’s never been a more important time for Melburnians to tell their stories and I want to acknowledge all the young people who have shone a light on the stories that matter to them,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Sharing these stories is a way to make even more meaningful connections and help bring us together.”

- Ambassador for Takeover Melbourne, the Honourable Lord Mayor Sally Capp


We are Proud Partners

Melbourne has been selected as the first Australian city to lead ‘Takeover’. Resilient Melbourne is a proud principal partner connecting the program across the entire metropolitan area. Takeover Melbourne is a partnership between the ABC, Resilient Melbourne, VicHealth, the Centre for Multicultural Youth and the 32 local councils of Greater Melbourne.


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