LEGEND: Lane Brookes has won the Young Legends award at the Australian Tidy Towns Awards for 2016.
LEGEND: Lane Brookes has won the Young Legends award at the Australian Tidy Towns Awards for 2016. Tom Gillespie

Brookes is officially an Aussie legend

ROMA’S own Lane Brookes has a lifetime of experience in giving back to his community, and he is not yet 21.

And now the work of the young indigenous leader has been recognised on the national stage for everything he has given to the community.

Lane Brookes won the Young Legend of the Year at the Australian Tidy Town Awards in Toodyay, Western Australia.

Brookes, who turns 21 in two weeks, said it was an honour to be recognised for everything he has done in the community.

“I’m pretty proud,” Mr Brookes said.

He was nominated by the council for his years of work in the community, which began when he was still a child.

“I’ve been volunteering since the age of nine,” he said.

“My mother was an emergency relief worker and I was tagging along and just helping.”

For the last four years he has organised the Maranoa Indigenous All-Stars football games, which have helped raise more than $40,000 for charities.

Mr Brookes is travelling around the Maranoa to share his indigenous heritage with schools.


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