Australians in frame
The National Australia Day Council has announced its candidates for the Australian of the Year Awards to be presented as part of Australia Day celebrations next year.
for annual honour
The nominated achievers from all States and Territories are in the running to be named Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year or Australia’s Local Hero at an event on Australia Day eve in Canberra.
Program Director for the National Australia Day Council, Tam Johnston said the finalists for the 2013 national awards had been nominated for their achievements or contributions.
“The State and Territory award recipients are extraordinary people following their passions and making the world a better place for it,” Ms Johnston said.
“These remarkable Australians have made an impact on many levels – some working tirelessly in the local communities, others at an international level - but they are all Australians we can be very proud of.”
Among the high profile PS names in the running for the awards are former Commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Tom Calma; Dr Jim Peacock, who was head of the CSIRO Plant Industry division for 26 years; and Professor Ian Maddocks from South Australia, one of Australia’s pre-eminent palliative care specialists and peace advocate.
The Young Australian of the Year finalists included Canberra’s Julie McKay, 29, who is Executive Director of UN Women Australia, and Tasmanian Holly Barnewall, 27, a decorated teacher.
The Local Hero category finalists include police Sergeant Dimitrios Bellos who is Queensland Police Service’s cross-cultural liaison officer for southern Brisbane.
The full list of candidates:
Australian of the Year 2013 - Finalists
Australian Capital Territory - Dr Tom Calma AO
New South Wales - Ita Buttrose AO OBE
Northern Territory - Mark Grose and Michael Hohnen
Queensland - Professor Adèle Green AC
South Australia - Sonya Ryan
Tasmania - Andrew Hughes
Victoria - Harold Mitchell AC
Western Australia - Kerry Stokes AC
Senior Australian of the year 2013 - Finalists
Australian Capital Territory - Dr Jim Peacock AC
New South Wales - Ron Allum
Northern Territory - Dr Sadhana Mahajani
Queensland - Laurie Lawrence
South Australia – Emeritus Professor Ian Maddocks AM
Tasmania - Anna Crotty
Victoria - Emeritus Professor T John Martin AO
Western Australia - Lorraine and Barry Young
Young Australian of the Year 2013 - Finalists
Australian Capital Territory - Julie McKay
New South Wales - Corey Payne
Northern Territory - Jessica Mauboy
Queensland - Sally Pearson
South Australia - Vanessa Picker
Tasmania - Holly Barnewall
Victoria - Hayley Bolding
Western Australia - Akram Azimi
Australia’s Local Hero 2013 - Finalists
Australian Capital Territory - Francis Owusu
New South Wales – Shane Phillips
Northern Territory - Peter Fletcher
Queensland - Sergeant Dimitrios Bellos
South Australia - Anna Kemp
Tasmania – Gwen Egg
Victoria - Pam Adams
Western Australia – Caroline de Mori
Edition 342, 4 December 2012