Past Award Nominees and Recipients
Australia's Local Hero
2018 NSW Australia's Local Hero Nominee
Ian BurnsTown: Dubbo
State: New South Wales
Whether he’s cooking a fundraising barbecue, running water to football players, mentoring at-risk youth or helping people learn to drive, Ian Burns is always giving back to his community. The long-time member and president of the Dubbo Rhinos rugby team, Ian fosters an inclusive environment that brings people together. Each Saturday Ian travels with the players to the game, sets up the ground, straps the players, referees the games and puts on his boots when the team is short. When he’s not helping the Rhinos, Ian volunteers for the Uniting 120 Learner Driver Program, teaching disadvantaged young people to drive. As a mentor with the Children and Prison program, Ian is helping to reduce the rate of incarceration of Aboriginal young people. And having lost loved ones to cancer, he’s the first to dig deep to raise money for cancer research. A much loved and respected member of the Dubbo community, Ian leads by example and inspires others to give their all to others.