Past Award Finalists and Recipients
Australia's Local Hero
State Finalist Australia's Local Hero 2016
The longest serving member of the Halls Creek Clontarf Academy, Carl Merrison is a role model for young Aboriginal boys. As the Academy's Operations Officer in Halls Creek, Carl overseas a program of activities that teaches leadership, healthy lifestyles and life skills. Providing enduring emotional and physical support, cultural and language advice, Carl is always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty for his young charges. His commitment to the young men of Halls Creek extends beyond the school gates. An active sportsman, Carl is a volunteer coach with the Halls Creek Hawks football club. In his work at the local pool, Carl encourages young people to make positive lifestyle choices. Having lost family members to suicide, Carl is a vocal campaigner for suicide awareness and supports students struggling with mental health issues. A dedicated family man, Carl is an inspiring Indigenous leader who touches all those he meets with his energy, positivity and passion for his people.