FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2017 TASMANIAN AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Educators, disability advocates, community volunteers, a microbiologist changing agriculture, benefactors and a wildlife carer are among the finalists in the 2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year Awards.
The Tasmanian Award finalists announced today are in the running to be named Tasmanian Australian of the Year, Tasmanian Senior Australian of the Year, Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year and Tasmanian Local Hero.
The 2017 Tasmanian Award finalists are:
2017 TASMANIAN AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Lyndy Bowden – Stillbirth and miscarriage supporter worker (Austins Ferry)
Rosalie Martin – Speech pathologist (Kingston)
Dr Dean Metcalf – Microbiologist (Molesworth)
Paul Pritchard – Adventurer and disability advocate (Taroona)
2017 TASMANIAN SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Rhonda Ewert – University benefactor (Sandy Bay)
Carol Fuller – Educator and volunteer (Launceston)
Colleen Richey – Community volunteer (Devonport)
Margaret Steadman – Sustainable living advocate (West Hobart)
2017 TASMANIAN YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Teangi Brown – Aboriginal educator (Bellerive)
Charlotte Hunn – Justice champion (Kingston)
Mitch McPherson – Suicide prevention leader (Tranmere)
Alphonse Mulumba – Multicultural community activist (Glenorchy)
2017 TASMANIAN LOCAL HERO
Anthony Edler – Youth worker (Risdon Vale)
Belinda Kitto – Disability sports coach (Trevallyn)
Dr David Warren – Scientist, businessman and benefactor (Sandy Bay)
Craig Webb – Wildlife warrior (Kettering)
Tasmanian Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced on Friday 11 November at Government House in Hobart.
The Tasmanian 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 2017.
National Australia Day Council CEO, Mr Chris Kirby, said the Tasmanian finalists are among 131 great Australians being recognised as State and Territory finalists in the Australian of the Year Awards.
"The Australian of the Year Awards allow us to recognise and celebrate the achievements of outstanding Australians – people from all walks of life making extraordinary contributions to our society," said Mr Kirby.
“The Tasmanian Award finalists are making a difference in a hugely diverse range of areas, and are going the extra mile to make a contribution, to help others or to create a better future for us all.”
Commonwealth Bank has been a major sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards for 37 years.
“We are proud to support the Australian of the Year Awards, a national program that showcases the Australian spirit,” said Mr Ian Narev, Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank.
“Thank you to all of the State and Territory finalists, who have all made an important contribution to their communities through their achievements.”
Finalist bios can be viewed at www.australianoftheyear.org.au/honour-roll
For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards selection panel members view this page.