Finalists announced for 2015 Queensland Australian of the Year Awards
The 2015 Queensland Award finalists are:
2015 QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Terri Irwin AM - Wildlife warrior (Beerwah)
Hetty Johnston AM - Child protection activist (Cedar Creek)
Adam Scott - Golfer/charity founder (Sanctuary Cove)
Johnathan Thurston - Rugby league player/mentor (Townsville)
2015 QUEENSLAND SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Clive Berghofer AM - Philanthropist (Wilsonton)
Joan Harris - Volunteer (Camp Hill)
Fred Hyde AM - Philanthropist (Warwick)
Jean Little OAM - Indigenous advocate (Kewarra Beach)
2015 QUEENSLAND YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Yassmin Abdel-Magied - Engineer/social advocate (Sunnybank Hills)
Jamie-Lee Lewis - Sportsperson/coach/mentor (Birkdale)
Sean McCarthy - Philanthropist (Caloundra)
Madeline Price - Social justice campaigner (Toowong)
2015 QUEENSLAND LOCAL HERO
Andy Gourley - Youth advocate (Wishart)
Gitie House - Community contributor (Ramsay)
Barry Watson - Reconciliation champion (Kingston)
Juliette Wright - Social entrepreneur (Camp Mountain)
From these finalists, the Queensland Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced at a cocktail reception to be held at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane on Friday 24 October 2014.
The Queensland 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 2015.
National Australia Day Council CEO, Mr Jeremy Lasek, said the Queensland finalists are among 137 great Australians being recognised as State and Territory finalists in the 2015 Australian of the Year Awards.
"The finalists all embody the Queensland spirit, giving their time, skills and passion to make a difference to others and to make the State and Australia, a better place," said Mr Lasek.
Commonwealth Bank has been a Major Sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards for more than 35 years.
“The Awards recognise extraordinary Australians who have made a positive contribution to the community and the 2015 State and Territory finalists are a great example of this. Congratulations to each finalist and thank you for being an inspiration to all Australians,” said Mr Ian Narev, Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank.
To read the stories of the Queensland finalists visit the Honour Roll.