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Teenager devoted to community

Talitha WolfeAlbany Advertiser

The local community has been a passion of Anthony Turner’s for as long as he can remember.

The 16-year-old first began volunteering at age 12 on the country Noongar program on community radio.

It was there he realised his love for Albany.

“I like working in the community and with people, and I like helping, especially my Aboriginal people,” he said.

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“It just gives me a good feeling.

“You’re working towards bettering other people while you’re bettering yourself.”

Earlier this year, Anthony was awarded the honour of young citizen of the year by the City of Albany.

According to the judging panel, he received the award for his ongoing role as a young indigenous leader within the school and wider community, and for being a positive role model for young Noongar generations.

Anthony is working as a trainee for Southern Aboriginal Corporation while he completes his certificate II in Community Services.

“I think it’s good having a young person work for an organisation, (and) having a young person who can lend their thoughts (to the community),” Anthony said.

The student councillor at North Albany High School hopes to continue on to a diploma in community services and complete a university degree in teaching.

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