NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 TASMANIAN AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Posted 7 November 2017 8:57am

Community builders, an organic farmer, fundraisers, artists, and educators, are just some of the nominees for the 2018 Tasmanian Australian of the Year Awards.

The Tasmanian Award nominees 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 2018 Tasmanian Award nominees are:

 

2018 TASMANIAN AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Michael Hill – Former chief magistrate & legal reform pioneer (Tranmere)
Scott Rankin – Theatre director, writer & arts charity leader (Boat Harbour)

Charles Rayner – Community builder & migrant supporter (Invermay)

Alison Stone – Educator & children’s champion (Montrose)

 

2018 TASMANIAN SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Romilda Amorosa OAM – Fundraiser for cancer (Hobart)

Lynne Price – Music & arts leader, cultural captain (North West Tasmania)

Tony Scherer – Organic farmer (Coal Valley)

John Ward – Founder of a grandparents’ network (Hobart)

 

2018 TASMANIAN YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Shai Denny – Disability advocate (Ridgley)

Dakoda Leary – Mental health volunteer and youth spokesperson (Hobart)

Nene Manasseh – Anti-racism campaigner & refugee advocate (Hobart)

Dr Jessica Manuela – Dentist helping Indigenous communities (Blackmans Bay)

 

2018 TASMANIAN LOCAL HERO

Judi Adams – Breast cancer fundraiser (West Moonah)

Joy Cairns OAM – Social entrepreneur & disability services pioneer (Hobart)

Helen Hortle – Social justice & human rights educator (Hobart)

Craig Machen – Extreme sea kayaker & fundraiser for Motor Neurone Disease (Somerset)

  

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 17 November at Government House in Hobart.

The Tasmanian 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 Tasmanian 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 Tasmanian Award nominees are all using their own skills, life experience or ability to overcome their own challenges to help others and make broader contributions. They are ideal examples of human spirit and generosity.”

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

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

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

Nominee photos can be downloaded from https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2QSzX1o7L7BMUpNVG55VUlocFU

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