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Finalists announced for 2015 Tasmanian Australian of the Year Awards

17 October 2014

The 16 finalists for the 2015 Tasmanian Australian of the Year Awards include an equality activist, musician, historian, animal welfare campaigner, asylum seeker advocate and volunteer radio operator.

The 2015 Tasmanian finalists are:

2015 TASMANIAN AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Rodney Croome AM - Equality activist (South Hobart)

Emma Haswell - Animal welfare campaigner (Cygnet)

Professor Kate Warner AM - Lawyer and educator (New Norfolk)

2015 TASMANIAN SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Elizabeth Coleman - Prisoner rehabilitation advocate (Mt Stuart)

Dr Graeme Faulkner - Educator (South Hobart)

Patsy Jones - Community advocate (Battery Point)

Professor Henry Reynolds - Historian (Richmond)

2015 TASMANIAN YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Patrick Kirkby - Climate change campaigner (South Hobart)

Mitch McPherson - Suicide prevention advocate (Tranmere)

Adam Mostogl - Business mentor (Queenstown)

Tegan Nadler - Meal exchange champion (Glenorchy)

Rodney Hudson - Community champion (Burnie)

2015 TASMANIAN LOCAL HERO

Mary Kay - Volunteer radio operator (Smithton)

Dr Bridgette Watts - Healthy living champion (South Launceston)

Mary Wood - Asylum seeker advocate (Brighton)

Dr Andrew Legg - Musician (Snug)


From these finalists, the Tasmanian 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 at the Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart on Thursday 30 October 2014. 

The Tasmanian Award recipients will then join recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the National Awards, which will be presented in Canberra on 25 January 2015. National Australia Day Council CEO, Mr Jeremy Lasek, said the Tasmanian finalists are among 137 great Australians being recognised as State and Territory finalists in the 2015 Australian of the Year Awards.

"The Award finalists announced today demonstrate the wide variety of talents and passions of the people of Tasmania and we are very proud of the dedication they show in their chosen field that transpires into making Australia a better place," 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 visit the Honour Roll. 

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