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FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2017 NT AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Territorians who are preventing suicide in their community, feeding the homeless, providing training and employment for the disadvantaged, educating young people and contributing to the community’s rich artistic landscape are among the finalists in the 2017 Northern Territory Australian of the Year Awards.
The NT Award finalists announced today are in the running to be named NT Australian of the Year, NT Senior Australian of the Year, NT Young Australian of the Year and NT Local Hero.
The 2017 Northern Territory Award finalists are:
2017 NT AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Tony Burns – Fundraiser and ability advocate (Karama)
Tom E. Lewis – Actor and musician (Katherine)
Andrea Mason – Indigenous leader (Alice Springs)
David McMicken AM & Timothy Newth AM – Dance and community collaborators (Darwin/Nightcliff)
2017 NT SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Dr Paul Anthony Bauert OAM – Paediatrician (Darwin)
Sister Anne Gardiner AM – Community champion (Wurrumiyanga)
Karen Sheldon – Social entrepreneur (Parap)
Joy White – Community matriarch (Winnellie)
2017 NT YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Bridie Duggan – Health living advocate (Katherine)
Tristan Duggie – Indigenous educator (Tennant Creek)
Cj Fraser-Bell – Artist and performer (Moil)
Daniel Yore – Teacher (Tiwi)
2017 NT LOCAL HERO
Laura Egan – Social entrepreneur (Katherine)
Tejinder Pal Singh – Food van founder (Malak)
Jane Vadiveloo – Change agent (Melbourne)
Gayili Marika – Suicide prevention innovator (Nhulunbuy)
The NT Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced on Wednesday 2 November 2016 at the Darwin Convention Centre in Darwin.
The NT 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 2017.
National Australia Day Council CEO, Mr Chris Kirby, said the Northern Territory Award finalists are among 131 great Australians being recognised as State and Territory finalists in the Australian of the Year Awards.
"The Australian of the Year Awards allow us to recognise and celebrate the achievements of outstanding Australians – people making extraordinary contributions to our society," said Mr Kirby.
“The Northern Territory Award finalists are a diverse range of people contributing to the wellbeing and enrichment of their community – they are using their skills, their passions and their time to make a real difference.”
Commonwealth Bank has been a major sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards for 37 years.
“We are proud to support the Australian of the Year Awards, a national program that showcases the Australian spirit,” said Mr Ian Narev, Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank.
“Thank you to all of the State and Territory finalists, who have all made an important contribution to their communities through their achievements.”
For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards finalists visit australianoftheyear.org.au/honour-roll
More information on State and Territory selection panel members can be found here.