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Queensland nominees announced for 60th anniversary of the Australian of the Year Awards

7 November 2019

The nominees for the 2020 Queensland Australian of the Year Awards include a travelling greengrocer, cancer researcher, pub choir leader, world-class tennis player and veterinary researcher.

They are among 16 people from Queensland in the running to be named the state’s Local Hero, Young Australian, Senior Australian or Australian of the Year as the nation celebrates the 60th anniversary of the awards.

The 2020 Queensland award nominees are:

2020 QLD Australian of the Year

2020 QLD Senior Australian of the Year

2020 QLD Young Australian of the Year

2020 QLD Local Hero

The nominees are among 128 people being recognised across all states and territories as part of the program, which began in 1960.

The four award recipients from Queensland will be announced on the evening of Monday 11 November 2019 at a ceremony at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

They will then join the other state and territory recipients for the national awards ceremony at the National Arboretum in Canberra on 25 January 2020.

National Australia Day Council CEO Karlie Brand said the Queensland nominees were leaders in their fields and in the community.

“The 60th anniversary of the Australian of the Year Awards is a particularly special time to be nominated,” said Ms Brand.

“The 2020 Queensland nominees represent the incredible diversity of Queenslanders and their contribution to our nation and our communities.”

For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards visit

Nominee bios attached with this media release or can be viewed from Nominee photos can be downloaded from

Media contact: Nicole Browne 0414 673 762 or

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