Finalists Announced for 2015 Western Australia's Australian of the Year Awards

Posted 18 October 2014 1:11am

The 17 finalists for the 2015 Western Australia’s Australian of the Year Awards include a scientist, eye researcher, artist, radio presenter and social justice leader, Indigenous advocate and body image activist.

The 2015 Western Australian finalists are:

2015 WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Winthrop Professor Marcus Atlas - Surgeon, scientist and social entrepreneur (West Leederville)

Professor Lyn Beazley AO - Scientist (Mount Claremont)

Dr Annie Sparrow - Paediatrician and public health specialist (Nedlands)

Professor Yogesan Kanagasingam - Eye researcher (Nedlands)

 

2015 WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Graham Mabury OAM - Radio presenter and social justice leader (Riverton)

Lena Nyadbi - Artist (Warmun)

John Watson - Aboriginal elder and activist (Derby)

Dr Judyth Watson - Refugee and health advocate (Palmyra)

 

2015 WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Lockie Cooke - Reconciliation leader (Mosman Park)

Drisana Levitzke-Gray - Deaf advocate (Balga)

Krista McMeeken - Indigenous advocate (Yokine)

Jessica Smith - Body image activist (Mount Lawley)

 

2015 WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S LOCAL HERO

Samantha Connor - Disability advocate (Toodyay)

Stacy Dunbar - Road safety campaigner (Merriwa)

Steve Heron - Children’s worker (Beeliar)

Brother Olly Pickett AM and Gordon Hudson - Volunteers (Wembley and Ocean Reef)

 

From these finalists, Western Australia’s Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced at a reception at the Government House Ballroom in Perth on Saturday 15 November 2014.

Western Australia’s 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 Western Australian finalists are among 137 great Australians being recognised as State and Territory finalists in the 2015 Australian of the Year Awards.

“The Western Australian finalists are inspirational people who have worked locally and internationally to make the world a better place - we can all be very proud of these amazing people," said Mr Lasek.

The Commonwealth Bank is a proud Major Sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards and has supported them 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.

For more information on the finalists visit the Honour Roll