Tasmanian Australian of the Year Awards finalists announced!

Posted 3 October 2013 9:00am

The Tasmanian award finalists for 2014 are:

 

TASMANIAN AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2014

Emily Conolan – Humanitarian (South Hobart)

Kristen Desmond - Advocate for Children with Disabilities (Prospect Vale)

Mark Holdsworth - Wildlife Biologist (Sandford)

Professor Thomas McMeekin AO - Food Microbiologist (Taroona)

 

TASMANIAN SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2014

Dr Christina Henri – Artist (Kingston)

Michael Mansell - Indigenous Lawyer and Advocate (Prospect)

Margaret Mead OAM – Nurse (Midway Point)

Eddie Rodgers - Community Caregiver (Longley)

 

TASMANIAN YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2014

Dewayne Everettsmith – Musician (Kingston)

Melanie Irons - Online Communicator (Mt Nelson)

Yaya Lu – Inventor (Dynnyrne)

Dr Clare Smith - Medical Researcher (Hobart)

 

TASMANIAN LOCAL HERO 2014

Judy Huett - Disability Advocate (Burnie)

Mark Linfoot - Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief (Eaglehawk Neck)

Michael Swanton – Conservationist (Hobart)

Sandy Verrier – Teacher and Anti-Bullying Campaigner (Tranmere)

 

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 Tuesday 29 October 2013 at Frogmore Creek. The Tasmanian award

recipients will then join award recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the national awards, which will be held on 25 January 2014 in Canberra.

National Australia Day Council CEO, Mr Jeremy Lasek, said the Tasmanian finalists were a group of a people whose achievements and contributions were inspiring.

"This year's Tasmanian finalists are fine examples of the diverse range of skill and passions of the people of Tasmania," said Mr Lasek.

"They represent a true cross section of outstanding work that Tasmanians are doing in their local and international communities and we are thrilled to be able to recognise and celebrate their outstanding work."

The Commonwealth Bank has been a Major Sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards for more than 30 years. Chief Executive Officer Ian Narev congratulated the Tasmanian finalists.

“On behalf of the Commonwealth Bank, I congratulate the finalists in the 2014 Australian of the Year Awards across all States and Territories. To emerge as a finalist from the thousands of nominated Australians is a great accomplishment. I wish you all the best of luck in the next stage of the program,” said Mr Narev.

For more information on the Tasmanian Australian of the Year Awards 2014 finalists visit the Honour Roll.