NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 WESTERN AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Posted 16 November 2017 10:44am

A medical researcher, a doctor for the homeless, champions for women and seniors, an Aboriginal storyteller, sportspeople using their profile to make a difference and a life-long pillar of the community are among the nominees for the 2018 Western Australia Australian of the Year Awards.

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

The 2018 Western Australia Award nominees are:

 

2018 WESTERN AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Dr Nick Gottardo – Paediatric oncologist & brain cancer researcher (Perth)

Danny Green – Anti-violence advocate & sportsman (Perth)

Jaqueline Mills – Advocate for people with disabilities (Bassendean)

Dr Tracy Westerman – Psychologist (Perth)

 

2018 WESTERN AUSTRALIA SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Dr Betsy Buchanan – Aboriginal legal & welfare advocate (Anglican)

Raymond Harrington OAM – Farmer & inventor (Darkan)

Kathleen Mazzella OAM – Women’s health champion (Perth)

Hugh Rogers – Seniors’ champion (Westminster)

 

2018 WESTERN AUSTRALIA YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

Jeffrey Effendi – Social entrepreneur & humanitarian (Perth)

Rahila Haidary – Refugee & human rights advocate (Perth)

Greg Hire – Basketball player & youth mental health advocate (Edgewater)

Samantha Kerr – Sportsperson (Fremantle)

 

2018 WESTERN AUSTRALIA LOCAL HERO

Dr Andrew Davies – Doctor helping homeless people (West Leederville)

Reginald Lambert – Community stalwart (Mandurah)

Cr Peter Lyndon-James – Addiction treatment specialist (Henley Brook)

Tyson Mowarin – Aboriginal storyteller (Pilbara)

 

The Western Australia Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced on Wednesday, 22 November 2017 at Government House in Perth.

The Western Australia 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 Western Australia 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. 

“Through perseverance and commitment, the Western Australia Award nominees provide inspiration for us all.”

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=1c8-g442Di6guAsOmZQMna7hb2Osf0D6i

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

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