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NORTHERN TERRITORY AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
Finalists in the Northern Territory Australian of the Year Awards 2012 are diverse, with a rail historian, a forensic odontologist, a carer and a children's author among those nominated by the public and now in the running for an award.
The Northern Territory finalists are:
NT AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Dr John Boffa – Medical campaigner (Alice Springs)
Margaret James – Linguist and educator (Alice Springs)
Dr Mark Leedham – Forensic odontologist (Darwin)
Dr Susan Sayers – Passionate paediatrician (Nightcliff)
NT SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Laurie Baymarrwangga – Community leader (Murrungga)
Trevor Horman – Rail historian (Darwin)
Rod Moss – Artist and writer (Alice Springs)
Karen Sheldon – Hospitality trainer (Alice Springs)
NT YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Lia Finocchiaro – Lawyer (Darwin)
Rebecca Healy – Carer and volunteer (Alice Springs)
Lauren Moss – Health campaigner (Nakara)
Anania Tagaro – Human rights advocate (Darwin)
NT LOCAL HERO
Rob Cook – Disability champion (Alice Springs)
Toby Gorringe – Whistleblower (Ngukurr)
Leonie Norrington – Children's author (Noonamah)
Tony Wurramarrba – Activist and leader (Angurugu)
The Northern Territory Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Awards will be announced at a special event at the Darwin Convention Centre on Thursday 10 November 2011.
The Northern Territory award recipients will then join recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the national awards, which will be held on 25 January 2011 in Canberra.
Ms Tam Johnston, Program Director at the National Australia Day Council, said all the Northern Territory finalists were doing great things to make a difference in their community.
“This year's award finalists again remind us of the diversity of the Territory, the spirit of Territorians and the many ways in which people in the top end make such a big contribution to Australia," said Ms Johnston.
The Commonwealth Bank has been the major sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards for more than 30 years. For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards nominees head over to http://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/recipients/?action=list&state=NT&type=0&year=2012.