Victorian finalists announced for the 2015 Australian of the Year Awards
The 2015 Victorian Award finalists are:
2015 VICTORIAN AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Rosie Batty - Domestic violence campaigner (Tyabb)
Carol Cooke AM - Paralympian (Northcote)
David Cooper ASM - Peer support worker (Frankston)
Richard Frankland – Artist &Indigenous activist (Tyrendarra)
2015 VICTORIAN SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Professor Samuel Berkovic AC - Neurologist (Caulfield North)
Professor Ruth Bishop AO - Microbiologist (Brighton)
Professor Terry Speed - Bioinformatician (North Melbourne)
Boris Struk - Muscular Dystrophy campaigner (Greenvale)
2015 VICTORIAN YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Thomas King - Environmental activist (Kalorama)
Loren O’Keeffe - Missing persons campaigner (Richmond)
Amelia Telford - Climate change activist (Fitzroy North)
Christian Williams – Teacher & healthy living advocate (Kew East)
2015 VICTORIAN LOCAL HERO
Louise Davidson - Breast cancer fundraiser (Balwyn)
Justin Dickinson - Humanitarian (Eltham)
Peter Innes - Community leader (Sebastopol)
Jane Rowe - Child crusader (Brighton)
From these finalists, the Victorian 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 RACV City Club in Melbourne on Tuesday 28 October 2014.
The Victorian 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 Victorian finalists are among 137 great Australians being recognised as State and Territory finalists in the 2015 Australian of the Year Awards.
"The finalists in the Victorian Awards remind us of the dynamic and diverse ways in which people contribute to our society - their efforts are having a positive impact on many people every day," 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 Victorian finalists visit the Honour Roll.