National Finalists for 2019 Australian of the Year Awards announced

Posted 19 November 2018 5:02pm
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MONDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2018
 
NATIONAL FINALISTS LINE UP FOR 2019 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
                                                             Awards to be announced 25 January 2019
                                                                       australianoftheyear.org.au

 
The National Australia Day Council has now announced all the State and Territory Award recipients who are in the running for the 2019 Australian of the Year Awards, to be presented in Canberra on the evening of Friday 25 January 2019.
 
There are 33 people vying for the four Award titles:
• 2019 Australian of the Year
• 2019 Senior Australian of the Year
• 2019 Young Australian of the Year
• 2019 Australia’s Local Hero
 
National Australia Day Council CEO, Ms Karlie Brand, said the national finalists reflect the many heartwarming and inspirational stories in our nation. 
 
"The Australian of the Year Awards allow us to showcase ordinary Australians doing extraordinary things to make a difference in their communities, achieving recognition on a national scale and influencing change for the better," said Ms Brand.
 
“This year, we have some truly amazing people among our national finalists – some who are household names, some who quietly go about helping others and some who have overcome great challenges.
 
“They are all so very worthy of our admiration and our recognition – they are all great Australians.”
 
The national finalists for the 2019 Australian of the Year Awards are:
 
2019 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
2019 Tasmania Australian of the Year – Bernadette Black
2019 Western Australia Australian of the Year – Dr Craig Challen SC OAM
2019 NSW Australian of the Year – Kurt Fearnley AO
2019 South Australia Australian of the Year – Dr Richard Harris SC OAM
2019 ACT Australian of the Year – Virginia Haussegger AM
2019 Northern Territory Australian of the Year – Michael Long
2019 Queensland Australian of the Year – Jon Rouse
2019 Victorian Australian of the Year – Mark Sullivan 
 
2019 SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
2019 Queensland Senior Australian of the Year – James Dale AO
2019 South Australia Senior Australian of the Year – Reginald Dodd 
2019 Victorian Senior Australian of the Year – Alison Harcourt
2019 Northern Territory Senior Australian of the Year – Charlie King OAM 
2019 NSW Senior Australian of the Year – Heather Lee OAM
2019 Western Australia Senior Australian of the Year – Frank Mallard 
2019 ACT Senior Australian of the Year – Dr Sue Packer AM
2019 Tasmania Senior Australian of the Year – Sally Wise
 
2019 YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
2019 Northern Territory Young Australian of the Year – Danzal Baker 
2019 Queensland Young Australian of the Year – Angel Dixon
2019 South Australia Young Australian of the Year – Eleni Glouftsis
2019 Victorian Young Australian of the Year – Dr Skye Kinder
2019 Western Australia Young Australian of the Year – Noelle Martin
2019 Tasmania Young Australian of the Year – Kirby Medcraft
 2019 ACT Young Australian of the Year – Hanna Wandel
2019 NSW Young Australian of the Year – Jarrod Wheatley
 
2019 AUSTRALIA'S LOCAL HERO 
2019 Queensland Local Hero – Elijah Buol
2019 Northern Territory Local Heroes – Tick and Kate Everett
2019 Western Australia Local Hero – Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker
2019 Victoria’s Local Hero – Carol Matthews
2019 South Australia Local Hero – Megan McLoughlin
2019 Tasmania Local Hero – Vicki Purnell
2019 NSW Local Hero – Sophie Smith
2019 ACT Local Hero – David Williams
 
* Bios on following pages
 
For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards and details of all State and Territory recipients visit australianoftheyear.org.au.
 
The 2019 Australian of the Year Awards will be broadcast live 7:30pm - 9:00pm AEDT on ABC TV. 
 

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