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Accolades for Aboriginal role model

A strong and proud Mirrar man has been honoured at this year’s NTBOS Awards with the Karmi Sceney Remote Aboriginal Excellence Award.

Corben Nabanardi, dual enrolled with Jabiru Area School and NTSDE, received the award after successfully completing his NTCET in 2018, as well as his Certificate II in Construction and Conservation Land Management.

Whilst in Year 12, Corben worked as a Corporal in the Remote Indigenous Australian Army Cadets, as well as a senior mentor to the students living at the Djidbidjidbi Residential College, where he also resided during the week. He also became a member of the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation Board who employed him as a cultural advisor for visitors to Mirrar land.

Principal at Jabiru Area School, Learne Dunne said Corben is a role model to his peers for his ability to remain steady and focused through the highs and lows of learning and life.

“Corben was a student who constantly strived to engage deeply in his learning, not just completing the tasks,” she said.

“Corben also showed great commitment to his family and their aspirations for him, as well as commitment to his own goals and ambitions.

“His achievements show all remote Aboriginal students that making a commitment to yourself and your family to engage in school and community, to achieve goals and grow as a learner and person is possible.”

Once he has contributed back to his family, Corban plans to join the Australian Army.

Photo: Corben Nabanardi (right) and Elton Huddleston (left) at the 2018 NTBOS Awards