2016 Northern Territory finalists annouced
The 16 finalists for the 2016 Northern Territory Australian of the Year Awards include an unprecedented six finalists from Alice Springs.
The Northern Territory finalists for 2016 include a lawyer and alcohol reform advocate, business and welfare leader, linguist and author, reconciliation champion, emergency service worker and suicide prevention campaigner.
The 2016 Northern Territory Award finalists are:
2016 NORTHERN TERRITORY AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Russell Goldflam - Lawyer and alcohol reform advocate (Alice Springs)
Will MacGregor - Youth worker (Alice Springs)
Helen Summers - Optometrist and humanitarian (Fannie Bay)
Vicki O’Halloran AM - Business and welfare leader (Larrakeyah)
2016 NORTHERN TERRITORY SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Margaret Borger - Community champion (Alice Springs)
Veronica Dobson - Linguist and author (Alice Springs)
Reverend Rronang Garrawurra - Reconciliation champion (Nakara)
Bob Shewring - Repatriation campaigner (Howard Springs)
2016 NORTHERN TERRITORY YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Bre Bonney - Emergency service worker (Alice Springs)
Kenneth Kadirgamar - Youth leader (Karama)
Benjamin Masters - Musician and impresario (Woodroffe)
Miranda Tapsell - Actor and diversity champion (Darwin)
2016 NORTHERN TERRITORY LOCAL HERO
Ngaree Ah Kit - Suicide prevention crusader (Karama)
Kellie McKinlay-Hughes - Community champion (Tennant Creek)
Joanna Nixon - Festival organiser (Alice Springs)
David Taylor - Homeless mentor and arts advocate (Coconut Grove)
The Northern Territory Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced on Wednesday 4 November at the Darwin Convention Centre. The Northern Territory Award recipients will then join recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the national Awards, which will be held in Canberra on 25 January 2016.
National Australia Day Council CEO, Mr Jeremy Lasek, said the Northern Territory finalists are among more than 120 great Australians being recognised as State and Territory finalists in the Australian of the Year Awards.
"These inspirational Territorians are working hard to make their communities a better place - we can be very proud of them all," said Mr Lasek.
The Commonwealth Bank has been a proud sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards for more than 36 years.
“The Australian of the Year Awards recognise people in our community for their remarkable contributions and achievements. We believe it is important to say thank you to people who make a positive difference, and inspire others to do the same,” said Mr Ian Narev, Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank.
For more information on the 2016 finalists visit the Honour Roll.