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Ceduna: 'no place like home'

Ceduna's Young Citizen of the Year for 2022, Zalia-Jade Page, said no matter where she goes in the world, Ceduna will always be home and wished more people from the country had the same mentality. Photo:Zalia-Jade Page

Ceduna's Young Citizen of the Year for 2022, Zalia-Jade Page, said no matter where she goes in the world, Ceduna will always be home and wished more people from the country had the same mentality. Photo:Zalia-Jade Page

Ceduna's Young Citizen of the Year, Zalia-Jade Page, said there is "no place like home".

Ms Page said no matter where she goes in the world, Ceduna will always be home and wished more people from the country had the same mentality, as many leave for Adelaide and seldom return.

The 21-year-old was given this year's award by the council for her volunteer efforts in the community, particularly with sport and the Country Fire Service.

"Being brought up in the community... people allowed me to get the experience and go away for sport because they were willing to stick their hand up and volunteer," she said.

"I'm hoping I can provide that to the younger generation coming through, whether that be through netball or CFS, I just don't want these other kids in the country to miss out because no one's willing to stick their hand up and do the jobs."

Miss Page is a volunteer for Canteen, the Ceduna Racing Club and Oysterfest, a Cadet Supervisor for the CFS as well as a junior Coach and umpire for many local sports teams.

She said she was "completely shocked" and honoured to receive the award.

"You don't volunteer to get recognition, you do it because someone has to do it in the community," Miss Page said.

Miss Page was described by the council as having a "can-do attitude" and is a "proactive community member who is always willing to help out when and where she can".

She is currently living in Port Lincoln for football and looked forward to seeing what the future had in store for her.

"I plan to go with the flow," she said.