Tiwi teen snags enviable career in office like no other

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Heaps of traffic and stuff in the water [here],” Mr Guy said.”We’ve probably seen more boats here today than Anthony would see in 10 years up there,” Mr McGill said laughing.Casting out a futureFor the past decade project manager Jason Ryan has been helping to mentor young people in the remote island community through the Tiwi Island College Project.”It was just a natural fit with the fishing lodge right on their doorstep to be able to walk in and try and utilise the kids to do something they love,” Mr Ryan said of the guide program.”So obviously Anthony has been an enormous part of that and the start of something.”The boundaries are limitless in terms of what he can do if he wants to do it.”

Mr Guy went out on Sydney Harbour with Craig McGill and Tiwi Island College project manager Jason Ryan. Photo:
Mr Guy’s usual workplace is in the remote Tiwi Islands. “When I started out it was an entirely different scene because there was nobody doing it here,” Mr McGill said. Photo:
Mr Guy received some angling tips from Sydney fishers. The traditional waters around the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory are fertile and rich.But young Indigenous residents casting the net wide on land, looking for a job, often end up empty handed; the unemployment rate there is almost double the national average.A new guided fishing program is aiming to change that however.Young fishers like Anthony Guy are being given the opportunity to pursue a career working in the waters that surround the remote island communities.”Ever since I’ve been growing up I really loved fishing and stuff so that’s what made me want to be a guide,” Mr Guy told Scott Levi on The Big Fish. (ABC Radio Sydney: Luke Wong)
In the future Mr Guy would like to expand the island tours to show visitors more of the natural and cultural wonders beyond the abundant fishing sites.”It would be great for them I reckon if I can show them around Tiwi Island,” he said.In the meantime he is learning about sustainable fishing practices and also recently tried his hand at fly fishing.However, Mr Guy admitted he often had other recreational activities on his mind while waiting for a bite.”I love fishing but I play heaps of sport; footy.” But the half-back flank hopes to find a good balance between his time on the water and the oval.”I reckon fishing will be in the way a little bit.”
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Tiwi Islands Junior Guide Program (ABC Radio Sydney: Luke Wong)
“In fact, I got my idea to start up having been up there in the Top End and fishing in those remote locations and I thought it was something that could work back here in Sydney.”An office unlike any otherOn an average working day in the Tiwi Islands, Mr Guy regularly encounters crocodiles, jellyfish, stingrays and sharks — an adventurous safari compared to the tamer waters of Sydney Harbour.”Most of the days we mostly don’t go to the same spot,” he said.”So whatever [the clients] want, we’ll do it for them — if they want [barramundi] or go out on the reef and catch some black [jewfish].”

The catches are much bigger up north in the Tiwi Islands when compared to Sydney Harbour. (Supplied: Tiwi Island Adventures)
After a morning spent dodging Sydney’s racing yachts, oil tankers, passenger ferries and recreational boaties, the two men agreed there were huge contrasts between the two locations.”I reckon [it’s] a bit different up there. (Supplied: Tiwi Island Adventures)
After completing high school last year, Mr Guy is the first among his peers to take up a full-time position with a Tiwi-based touring company under the Junior Guide Program.The scheme has been backed by former cricketer Matthew Hayden and Sydney-based philanthropist Guy Reynolds in collaboration with the Tiwi Land Council and corporate sponsors.Research trip in the big smokeTo further his knowledge of the guided fishing business, Mr Guy was recently invited to visit Sydney — the 19-year-old’s first trip to the bustling city.During the trip he received some angling tips from professional guide Craig McGill who has worked on Sydney Harbour for more than 25 years.
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Anthony Guy is taking part in the Junior Guide Program after finishing high school. (ABC Radio Sydney: Luke Wong)
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