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State and Territory finalists for the Australian of the Year Awards 2010 announced

9 November 2009

State and Territory finalists for Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero awards were announced today.

There are four finalists in each award category in each State and Territory. Award recipients will be announced at State and Territory Australian of the Year Awards presentations to be held over the coming weeks.

Among the state and territory finalists for Australian of the Year a re neurosurgeon Dr Charles Teo (NSW), Samson & Delilah filmmaker Warwick Thornton (NT), workers rights campaigner Sharan Burrow (VIC) and indigenous educator Dr Chris Sarra (QLD).

The Senior Australian of the Year state and territory finalists include cook and restaurateur Maggie Beer (SA), crime victims’ advocate Ken Marslew (NSW), historian Prof Geoffrey Blainey AC (VIC) and singer/songwriter Kev Carmody (QLD).

State and territory finalists for Young Australian of the Year include singer Jessica Mauboy (NT), BMX champion Caroline Buchanan (ACT), playwright Finegan Kruckmeyer (TAS) and VC awarded soldier Trooper Mark Donaldson (WA).

The Local Hero state and territory finalists include community markets founder Norma Higgins (NT), OzHarvest food bank founder Ronni Kahn (NSW), indigenous community campaigners Emily Carter and June Oscar (WA), Maltese community leader Edgar Agius OAM (SA) and bushfire recovery workers Kevin and Rhonda Butler (VIC).

Award recipients will become finalists for the national awards, which will be announced on 25 January 2010 in Canberra.

To read the stories of the state and territory recipients, please click here.