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NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 ACT AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS

30 October 2017

Community leaders, climate change champions, youth advocates, scientists and arts pioneers are among the nominees for the 2018 ACT Australian of the Year Awards.

The ACT Award nominees announced today are in the running to be named ACT Australian of the Year, ACT Senior Australian of the Year, ACT Young Australian of the Year and ACT’s Local Hero.

The 2018 ACT Award nominees are:

 

2018 ACT AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Mark Dion Devow – Entrepreneur and community leader (Canberra)

Jennelle McAppion – Mums Exercise Group Australia founder (Canberra)

Ruth Osborne – Youth dance educator (Canberra)

Paul Walshe OAM – Charity board member and fundraiser (Queanbeyan)

 

2018 ACT SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Dr Graham Farquhar AO – Prize winning biophysicist (Canberra)

Narelle Hargreaves OAM – Educator and advocate for children and young people (Canberra)

Diane Kargas AM – Community champion (Red Hill)

Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello – Artist and Indigenous arts advocate (Canberra)

 

2018 ACT YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Zack Bryers – Youth and outreach worker (Ngunnawal)

Caitlin Figueiredo – Youth advocate and change maker (Kaleen)

Joshua Gilbert – Climate change champion (Griffith)

Siân Keys – Science communicator (Canberra)

 

2018 ACT’s LOCAL HERO

Genevieve Bolton OAM – Community lawyer (Canberra)

Sarah Mamalai – Brain cancer research advocate and fundraiser (Pearce)

Peter Munday – Charity fundraiser (Canberra)

Suzanne Tunks - Supporter and fundraiser for sick children (Canberra)

 

The ACT Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced on Monday, 6 November 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra.

The ACT Award recipients will then join a cohort of 32 State and Territory recipients from around Australia in the national awards, which will be held in Canberra on 25 January 2018.

National Australia Day Council CEO, Ms Jenny Barbour, said the ACT nominees are among 130 great Australians being recognised at the state level 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 Ms Barbour.

“The ACT Award nominees all draw from their own experiences and share their learnings with others to bring about real change. Their energy, achievements and efforts are inspirational and make them Australians to be proud of.”

Commonwealth Bank has been a major sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards for over 30 years.

“We are proud to support the Australian of the Year Awards, a program that celebrates the achievements of inspirational Australians,” said Mr Ian Narev, Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank.

“Thank you to all of the amazing nominees for your contribution to our nation.”

For more information on the 2018 Australian of the Year Awards nominees visit the Honour Roll

More information on State and Territory selection panel members can be found here

Nominee photos can be downloaded from https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2QSzX1o7L7BaE9aODV6aWFBeDg 

Media contact: Nicole Browne 0414 673 762 or nicole@mediaopps.com.au