Tweed River High School student Tj Kleeman, who spends time cleaning graves in a local cemetery, was awarded the Tweed Shire's 2020 Young Achiever in Community Service award on Australia Day.
Tj said she hoped her volunteering efforts would inspire others.
"You can do this too, you can help someone out," she said.
"It doesn't need to be at the cemetery — it can be other things, but doing community service makes you feel great.
- High school student Tj Kleeman overcomes fear of Tweed Heads cemetery to become a grave cleaner (ABC News)