Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George today announced the inaugural 2016 Aboriginal Student of the Year for Lismore Electorate is Bernadette Hickling from Woodenbong Central School.

The Aboriginal Student of the Year is a new annual award recognising young people who demonstrate leadership within their school and local community.

“Bernadette always approaches her studies with diligence and dedication.

“She encourages students around her to share in her passion for learning and is a leader and role model within her school.

Bernadette has demonstrated her ability to lead and motivate fellow students with the implementation of a mural painting in the school that will represent the beliefs of the local Githabul people,” Mr George said.

As recognition of her achievements as the Aboriginal Student of the Year, Bernadette will receive a certificate and a gift voucher.

Bernadette has also been selected to as one of the top students from across NSW to head to Sydney in August to attend the Emerging Leaders Forum, where they will meet with Aboriginal, business and Government leaders.

The award program recognises emerging leaders, rewards students’ commitment to their local community and connects students to community leaders and role models.

Photo: Bernadette Hickling in front of the mural painting representing the beliefs of the local Githabul people.

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