Tasmanian finalists for 2016 Australian of the Year Awards announced
The finalists for the 2016 Tasmanian Australian of the Year Awards include an Antarctic scientist, arts champion, peace advocate, disability support worker, neuroscientists, youth ambassador and community volunteers.
The 2016 Tasmanian Award finalists are:
2016 TASMANIAN AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Annette Downs - Arts champion (Howrah)
Dr Nick Gales - Antarctic scientist (North Bruny)
Jane Hutchinson - Conservationist (Hobart)
John Xintavelonis - Actor and charity supporter (Bellerive)
2016 TASMANIAN SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Professor Ian Allison AO AAM - Glaciologist (Dynnyrne)
Bill (Gabriel) Casimaty - Agriculturalist and community leader (Richmond)
Jean Hearn - Peace advocate (Launceston)
Beryl Smith - Community volunteer (Alonnah)
2016 TASMANIAN YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Meg Cooper - Disability support worker (Sandy Bay)
Dr Lila Landowski - Neuroscientist and educator (North Hobart)
Zac Lockhart - Mental health advocate (Launceston)
Bianca Welsh - Youth ambassador (Launceston)
2016 TASMANIAN LOCAL HERO
Raymond Arnold - Artist and entrepreneur (Queenstown)
Ann Harrison - Community coordinator (Risdon Vale)
Ross Jones - Community champion (Longford)
Sonya Williams - Volunteer (Gagebrook)
The 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 6 November at the Henry Jones Art Hotel, 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 2016.
National Australia Day Council CEO, Mr Jeremy Lasek, said the Tasmanian finalists are among more than 120 great Australians being recognised as State and Territory finalists in the Australian of the Year Awards.
"The Tasmanian finalists work in a wide variety of disciplines from the arts to science to community service but they are all inspirational Australians following their passions to make Australia a better place," 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 Tasmanian Australian of the Year Awards finalists visit the Honour Roll.