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One week to go - Nominate now for the Australian of the Year Awards

24 August 2009

There’s just one week left to have your say on who should be considered for the next Australian of the Year Awards.   Nominations close next Monday 31 August.

There are four award categories in which you can nominate:
• Australian of the Year
• Senior Australian of the Year (60 years and over)
• Young Australian of the Year (16 - 30 years)
• Australia’s Local Hero

Nominating is simple.  Complete a nomination form online here or pick up a form from branches of major sponsor the Commonwealth Bank or call 1300 655 193 for more information. 

“There’s only one week left in which you can help find the next Australian of the Year by submitting a nomination,” said Adam Gilchrist, Chair of the National Australia Day Council.

“We’ve received nominations for unsung heroes, for quiet achievers, for people who are the backbone of their communities and for people who are well known by all Australians for what they’ve achieved or given to us all.

 “If you haven’t already submitted a nomination, make sure you do it before it’s too late. Tell us who makes you proud, who inspires you and who should be recognised for their achievements or community contribution and tell us by Monday 31 August.”
 
Among the well known names now nominated are:
 
• Hugh Jackman
• Richie Benaud
• Christine Nixon
• Angry Anderson
• Father Chris Riley (Youth Off The Streets)
• Kylie Kwong
• Tim Cahill
• Jessica Mauboy
• Geoffrey Rush
• Betty Churcher
• James Castrission & Justin Jones (Trans Tasman kayakers)
• Tim Winton
• Captain Paul Moulds (Salvation Army)
• Ricky Ponting
• Bert Newton
• Dr Charlie Teo
• Paula Duncan
• Gerry Harvey
• Matthew Mitcham
• Hazem El Masri
• Mark Webber
• Baz Luhrmann
 
The Commonwealth Bank has been a major sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards for more than 30 years. 

“We are proud to help recognise and celebrate the achievements of great Australians,” said Commonwealth Bank Chief Executive Officer Ralph Norris.

“We encourage you to recognise someone who has made an outstanding contribution in your community and who makes you proud to be an Australian.”