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Australian of the Year Awards 2007 State and Territory Recipients announced

18 December 2006

Who will be the Australian of the Year 2007? We're one step closer to knowing the answer to that question with the announcement of our state and territory recipients in all four award categories.

This year more than 3,200 Australians nominated a fellow Australian for the award - including many every day Australians who contribute to our nation. These nominations included people from all backgrounds and fields of endeavour.

From this group, a few outstanding community members were selected as finalists in each state and territory from an amazing field of nominations made by friends, relatives, neighbours or people who were grateful for their work.

Presentation events, announcing state and territory recipients for Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero have been held around the country. These recipients will now proceed to the national selection and on 25 January 2006 the national recipients will be announced on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra.

This group of national finalists includes people like, Professor Barry Marshall and Emeritus Professor Robin Warren from Western Australia for their perserverance in the discovery of the cause of gastritus and peptic ulcer disease. Dame Elisabeth Murdoch for her outstanding contribution to charity and her inspirational philanthropic work and the Beaconsfield Community in standing together and supporting each other in desperate times. With their great story of survival and rescue, the rest of the world has also come to understand the power of mateship, community spirit, and teamwork that drove the tremendous effort behind the miners' rescue.

The award recipients are:

Australian of the Year

NSW

Professor Tim Flannery

VIC

Philip Wollen OAM

QLD

David Conry

SA

Professor Terence Tao

WA

Professor Barry Marshall and Emeritus Professor Robin Warren

TAS

Dr John Tooth OAM

ACT

Michael Milton OAM

NT

Raymattja Marika

Senior Australian of the Year

NSW

Bernie Banton AM

VIC

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE

QLD

Dr Clem Jones AM

SA

Phillip Herreen

WA

Dr Kenneth Collins AM

TAS

Frank Hesman OAM BEM

ACT

Dr Kaye Price

NT

Patricia Anderson

Young Australian of the Year

NSW

Withdrawn

VIC

Duncan McLean

QLD

Tania Major

SA

Laura Long

WA

Darren Lomman

TAS

Michael Smith

ACT

John Van den Dungen

NT

Katharina Fehringer

Local Hero Metropolitan

NSW

Michael Stringer OAM

VIC

Shanaka Fernando

QLD

Ross Sharman

SA

Pat Rix

WA

Yvonne Bali

TAS

Allan Crawford

ACT

Beverley Orr

NT

Frank Fotiades

Local Hero Regional

NSW

Len Wallace

VIC

Dr Bernard Jenner

QLD

Carole Caswell

SA

Wendy Gambling

WA

James Hamersley

TAS

The Beaconsfield Community

NT

Carmel Hattch

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