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Finalists announced for 2015 NSW Australian of the Year Awards

22 October 2014

The 16 finalists for the 2015 NSW Australian of the Year Awards include an Antarctic station leader, child advocate and adoption campaigner, medical innovator, actor, comedian and humour therapist, social media innovator and charity founder.

The 2015 NSW finalists are:

2015 NSW AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Narelle Campbell - Antarctic station leader (Taree)

Deborra-lee Furness - Child advocate and adoption campaigner

Andrew Harper AM - Humanitarian aid worker

Professor Brendan Smith - Medical innovator (Bathurst)

2015 NSW SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Jean-Paul Bell - Actor, comedian and humour therapist (Newcastle)

Jackie French - Author (Araluen Valley)

Jeff McMullen AM - Journalist and humanitarian (Palm Beach)

Marelle Thornton AM - Cerebral palsy campaigner (West Pennant Hills)

2015 NSW YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Ethan Butson, 18 - Scientist and inventor (Mangerton)

Genevieve Clay-Smith, 26 - Film maker and social entrepreneur (Monterey)

Ryan Campbell, 20 - Aviation pioneer

Natalie Tran, 28 - Social media innovator 

2015 NSW LOCAL HERO

Carrie Deane - Social entrepreneur (Darlinghurst)

Dr Kelvin Kong - Surgeon (Hamilton South)

Kevin Robinson - Charity founder (Glenbrook)

Dr Eman Sharobeem - Women’s advocate (Abbotsbury)

From these finalists, NSW Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced at a reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney on 10 November 2014.

NSW Award recipients will then join recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the National Awards, which will be held in Canberra on 25 January 2015.

National Australia Day Council CEO, Mr Jeremy Lasek, said the NSW finalists are among 137 great Australians being recognised as State and Territory finalists in the 2015 Australian of the Year Awards.

“The NSW finalists are an amazing group of Australians all motivated by their own personal passions to make the world and Australia a better place - we can all be inspired by their incredible dedication to their chosen fields," said Mr Lasek.

The Commonwealth Bank is a proud Major Sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards and has supported them for more than 35 years.

“The Awards recognise extraordinary Australians who have made a positive contribution to the community and the 2015 State and Territory finalists are a great example of this. Congratulations to each finalist and thank you for being an inspiration to all Australians,” said Mr Ian Narev, Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank.

For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards visit australianoftheyear.org.au.

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