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Finalists announced for 2015 South Australia's Australian of the Year Awards
The 16 finalists for the 2015 South Australia's Australian of the Year Awards include fundraisers and volunteers, a world-renowned wine maker, an engineer, a road safety advocate and a rocker who now helps those in need.
The 2015 South Australian Award finalists are:
2015 SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
James Freeman - Charity fundraiser (Hyde Park)
Dr Gill Hicks MBE - Peace campaigner (Wayville)
Nick Lee - Bowel cancer prevention campaigner (Medindie)
Ian Steel - Children's champion (Hawthorn)
2015 SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Dr Wolfgang Franz Otto Blass AM - Wine maker (Adelaide)
Roger Drake AM - Entrepreneur (West Lake)
Frank Ford AM - Performing arts visionary (North Adelaide)
John Swan - Musician/volunteer (Millswood)
2015 SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Kristin Carson - Scientist (Somerton Park)
Victoria Cox - Volunteer (Erindale)
Tyele Riddle - Road safety campaigner (Mawson Lakes)
Andrea Boyd - Engineer (Hope Valley)
2015 SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S LOCAL HERO
Vince Coulthard - Indigenous elder (Port Augusta)
Dr Joseph Masika OAM - Equality advocate (South Plympton)
Daniel McGurgan OAM - Community leader (Cadell)
Maurice Riddle - Volunteer (Parafield Gardens)
From these finalists, South Australia's Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced at a cocktail reception to be held at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday 12 November 2014.
The South Australian 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 South Australian finalists are among 137 great Australians being recognised as State and Territory finalists in the 2015 Australian of the Year Awards.
"These great South Australians are to be admired for their achievements, many in the face of adversity, and their common interest in making a difference," 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 and to read more about the finalists visit australianoftheyear.org.au.