NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 NSW AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Posted 8 November 2017 7:44am

Medical scientists, inventors, a surf therapist, a teacher, rural community leaders, a Playschool legend and cycling cancer fundraisers are among the nominees for the 2018 NSW Australian of the Year Awards.

The NSW Award nominees announced today are in the running to be named NSW Australian of the Year, NSW Senior Australian of the Year, NSW Young Australian of the Year and NSW Local Hero.

The 2018 NSW Award nominees are:

 

2018 NSW AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Geoff Coombes, Gary Bertwistle, and Samantha Hollier-James – Cancer fundraisers & Tour de Cure founders (Northern Beaches Sydney)

Professor Peter Macdonald AM – Cardiologist & medical pioneer (Maroubra)

Walter Mikac – Gun control campaigner & children’s champion (Byron Bay)

Professor Michelle Yvonne Simmons – Professor in quantum physics (Sydney)

 

2018 NSW SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Reverend Bill Crews AM – Humanitarian (Sydney)

Dr Catherine Hamlin AC – Pioneering surgeon (Sydney)

Brian Myerson – Organ transplant advocate (Rose Bay)

Don Spencer OAM – Singer, songwriter & musical educator (Sydney)

 

2018 NSW YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Macinley Butson – Scientist & inventor (Wollongong)

Connor McLeod – Human rights & disability campaigner (Sydney)

Joel Pilgrim – Mental health champion & surf therapist (Sydney)

Ben Wang – Inventor (Sydney)

 

2018 NSW LOCAL HERO

Jay Allen – Melanoma crusader (Southern Highlands)

Ian Burns – Community supporter (Dubbo)

Alistair Ferguson – Indigenous community leader (Bourke)

Eddie Woo – Mathematics teacher (Sydney)

 

The NSW Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced on Monday 13 November 2017 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

The NSW Award recipients will then join a cohort of 32 State and Territory recipients from around Australia in the national Awards, which will be held in Canberra on 25 January 2018.

National Australia Day Council CEO, Ms Jenny Barbour, said the NSW nominees are among 130 great Australians being recognised at the state level 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 making extraordinary contributions to our society," said Ms Barbour.

“The NSW Award nominees are an extraordinarily diverse group of people, yet all are giving in their own way.  Their stories remind us we all have the power to help others, to bring about real change, to improve lives, to create and to bring joy.”

Commonwealth Bank has been a major sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards for over 30 years.

“We are proud to support the Australian of the Year Awards, a program that celebrates the achievements of inspirational Australians,” said Mr Ian Narev, Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank.

“Thank you to all of the amazing nominees for your contribution to our nation.”

 

For more information on the 2018 Australian of the Year Awards nominees visit the Honour Roll

Nominee photos can be downloaded from https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Jod3W-6DwhpdyUfWgvP9sP-1SS1qSH4B 

Information on the Australian of the Year Awards process can be found here:https://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/nominate/frequently-asked-question 

More information on State and Territory selection panel members can be found here

Media contact: Nicole Browne 0414 673 762    or     nicole@mediaopps.com.au