Ex-Gunnedah youth officer Bernie Shakeshaft has taken out the title of Australia's Local Hero.
The BackTrack Youth Works founder received the award at the Australian of the Year Awards in Canberra on Saturday night.
He received the 2020 NSW Local Hero Award at the NSW Australian of the Year Awards in November.
Mr Shakeshaft dedicates his days to the BackTrack program, helping youth who have lost their way
Since the unique program was formed in 2016, he and his team have changed the lives of more than 1000 youth.