Social and disability advocates, medical specialists, Indigenous leaders, a champion for veterans and a community hero are just some of the nominees for the 2018 Queensland Australian of the Year Awards.
The Queensland Award nominees are in the running to be named Queensland Australian of the Year, Queensland Senior Australian of the Year, Queensland Young Australian of the Year and Queensland Local Hero.
The 2018 Queensland Award nominees are:
Queensland Australian of the Year
- Rochelle Courtenay – Homeless women’s advocate (Sandgate)
- Dr Glenn Gardner – Pioneering maternal fetal surgeon (Brisbane)
- Johnathan Thurston – NRL player and Indigenous mentor (Townsville)
- Paul White – Sports administrator (Bardon)
Queensland Senior Australian of the Year
- Aunty Faye Carr – Aboriginal elder (Ipswich)
- Carmel Crouch – Disability advocate (Sunshine Coast)
- Dr Dimity Dornan AO – Hearing health specialist and bionics advocate (Brisbane)
- Dr Barry Kirby – Humanitarian doctor (Carool)
Queensland Young Australian of the Year
- Courtney Crack – All abilities dance teacher (Corinda)
- Olivia Hargroder – Advocate for people with Down Syndrome (Brisbane)
- Tamara Richardson – Youth ambassador (Rockhampton)
- Philip Thompson – Veterans’ champion (Townsville)
Queensland Local Hero
- Aguek Nyok – Community superman (Coopers Plains)
- Grant James Pforr – Community champion (Gold Coast)
- Philippa ‘Pip’ Russell – Children’s entertainer and innovator (Brisbane)
- Luke Terry – Social entrepreneur (Toowoomba)
The Queensland Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced on Wednesday, November 8, at the Old Museum Building in Brisbane.
The Queensland 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 January 25, 2018.
National Australia Day Council CEO, Ms Jenny Barbour, said the Queensland 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 Queensland Award nominees are all involved in causes and issues close to their hearts, are selfless in their actions and contributions to assist others or have taken action when help was needed most. Their outlook and efforts have inspired those around them and make them Australians to be proud of.”
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 Australian of the Year Awards visit australianoftheyear.org.au
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