Past Award Finalists and Recipients
Australia's Local Hero
State Finalist Australia's Local Hero 2014
Chris Brolga Barns
Living in a tin shed with no power, shower or toilet, Chris Barns shares his home with a mob of orphaned kangaroos. In 2005, ‘Brolga’, as he likes to be called, was leading a tour group out to Uluru, when he came across a dead kangaroo with a live baby in its pouch. Brolga rescued the joey, quit his job and started a kangaroo education centre and rescue service in Alice Springs. After years cleaning buses and stacking shelves for extra cash, in 2009 Brolga leased a 36 hectare property and the Kangaroo Sanctuary Alice Springs was born. In January 2013, the BBC screened a two-part documentary in the UK about Brolga’s efforts to save one half of our coat of arms, and as a result he received tens of thousands of dollars in donations from viewers who were inspired by this ‘Kangaroo Dundee’. But rather than spend the money on himself, Brolga will use the money to secure his dream – Central Australia’s first wildlife hospital.