ALBERT 'Digby' Moran, the acclaimed Indigenous artist who has become a mentor for youth in the area, said Australia Day for him holds a message of hope.

Mr Moran, who has reached national and international acclaim with his work, including solo exhibitions in Germany and Austria, said he is proud of who he is and Australia Day gives him a chance to celebrate that.

"I'm proud to be an Indigenous Australian, I'm very proud of my culture," he said.

Albert Digby Moran
Albert Digby Moran The Northern Star Archives

Mr Moran, who in fact happens to be in his eighth year as an Australia Day Ambassador, said it was "an honour" to be given the role.

"This year I go to Nambucca Heads, where I will get up and make a speech and talk about myself, where I come from, what I've achieved in my life, and what others can achieve if they just follow their dreams and go for it," he said.

He said that he truly believed that any Australian could achieve whatever they set their heart on no matter where they came from or what colour or nationality they are.

"Just follow your dreams and go for it - that's what I always tell the kids when I go to schools," he said.



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