INDIGO Valley teenager Fergus Dale will represent Victoria at the 2017 national final of the Plain English Speaking Award.
Fergus, a boarder at Caulfield Grammar, won the state final with a speech titled The Disregarded Identity Of Regional Australia, a subject close to his experience.
“When I moved to the city to board at Caulfield Grammar, many people I encountered, through no real fault of their own, hadn’t thought about the country and the people living there,” he said.
“I wanted to raise awareness, talk about the stereotypes of country people and life, and show off all the benefits of regional Australia.”
Fergus will be one of seven state and territory champions competing at the National Gallery of Victoria on Monday, August 14.