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Australians of the Year to visit Northern Territory
The inspirational award recipients will visit Alice Springs, Katherine, Palmerston and
Phil, a former national speed car champion, suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident during his last race in April 1993. He now helps people with spinal injuries adjust to their new life and also shares his life-lessons with young L and P plate driving offenders about the consequences of risk taking and crashing. Phil finished third in the 1990 National Speedcar Championship held in
Local Hero Shanaka runs a successful, socially responsible restaurant group called 'Lentil As Anything'. The restaurants have no prices on the menu, encouraging customers to pay what they feel the meal is worth. The restaurants also employ disadvantaged people and newly arrived refugees, who Shanaka helps settle into Australian life.
"Shanaka and Phil each have an inspiring outlook on life and I think Territorians will enjoy meeting them during their visit," said Heather Sjoberg, Chairman of the Australia Day Council NT.
During the tour, Phil will meet with spinal injuries patients at Alice Springs and
"I'm looking forward to experiencing the sense of community formed by the character of the land and the fusion of cultures," said Shanaka.
"The Territory has an authenticity which big cities elsewhere struggle to replicate in an ill-directed rat-race."
The award recipients also hope to inspire Territorians to submit nominations for the Australian of the Year Awards 2008 before nominations close on
"Being named Senior Australian of the Year 2007 has been a great honour for me personally and it has made a tremendous difference in helping me raise awareness of people with disabilities and the needs we have across the community," said Phil.
"The Australian of the Year Awards recognise people who make a difference without wanting to be rewarded for it and I encourage every Territorian to nominate someone they find inspiring now.
"Get online or fill out a form now - don't miss the 31 August deadline."
Click here to nominate online now or pick up a nomination form at your local Commonwealth Bank branch or call 1300 655 193 for more information. Nominations close Friday 31 August 2007.