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Nominations roll in for Australian of the Year Awards 2009

6 August 2008

CYCLIST, PIANIST, GARDENER, ADVENTURERS AND CLIMATE STRATEGIST AMONGST NAMES SUBMITTED TO DATE

With three weeks to go until nominations for the Australian of the Year Awards 2009 close on Sunday 31 August 2008, the National Australia Day Council is encouraging people to get nominations in before it's too late.

More than 1800 nominations for Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia's Local Hero have already been received.

Among the growing pile of nomination forms are well known names such as:
• Pianist Simon Tedeschi
• Cyclist Cadel Evans
• Trans-Tasman kayakers James Castrission and Justin Jones
• Climate change strategist Professor Ross Garnaut
• Fromelle Diggers researcher Lambis Englezos
• Former cricketer and breast cancer fundraiser Glenn McGrath
• Gardener Peter Cundall
• Street kids mentor Father Chris Riley
• Eyesight Foundation leader Gabi Hollows
• Netballer Liz Ellis
• Historian and storyteller Ted Egan

Ms Tam Johnston, Director of the Australian of the Year Awards Program, said while everyone had an opinion on who should be an Australian of the Year award recipient, the time to express that opinion is now.

"On Australia Day, we find people have some really strong opinions about who should be recognised in the Australian of the Year Awards, which is fantastic," said Ms Johnston.

"But we can only give someone an award if they've been nominated before the end of August.

"So it's up to each and every Australian to tell us who they think is deserving of an award by Sunday 31 August so that the people we admire can be considered."

Nominations for the Australian of the Year Awards can be made online at http://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/pages/nominationform.asp, or with a nomination form available from major sponsor the Commonwealth Bank or by calling 1300 655 193.

Nominations close at 5.00pm, Sunday 31 August 2008.

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Nicole Browne, Media Opps                  02 9954 7677    or     0414 673 762