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Western Australia’s Australian of the Year 2016: The finalists

Anne Carey – Medical warrior from Esperance.
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Anne Carey – Medical warrior (Esperance)A nurse, midwife and medical warrior, Anne Carey has spent her life helping others – even when it has been at great personal risk. Volunteering in some of the world’s hotspots, including Darfur, Papua New Guinea and most recently Sierra Leone, Anne leaves an impact on everyone she meets. During her time in Darfur, Anne and her colleagues came under attack, but while others left they courageously stayed put to help the local residents. In Sierra Leone, she spent three assignments battling on the frontline against the deadly Ebola virus and was amongst the first volunteers to assist. Every day, she was taped into a personal protection suit, and while she may have looked inhuman in her all-white sterilised suit, thick rubber gloves and perspex goggles, Anne extended humanity with a simple touch that helped people understand they were not alone. Despite the death, fear and despair felt during the Ebola outbreak, Anne was a beacon of hope and continues the desperate fight to save the lives of people most in need.

Professor Colleen Hayward AM from Perth.

Professor Colleen Hayward AM – Educator (Perth)The daughter of Western Australia’s first Aboriginal teacher and school principal, Colleen Hayward has devoted her life to education. As the head of Edith Cowan University’s Kurongkurl Katitjin Centre for Indigenous Education and Research, Colleen has been an inspiration not just to her own people, but to all Australians. She has made an enduring academic contribution through her work across a range of fields including education, human rights and children’s health and volunteers on boards focused on health, leadership, social justice and Indigenous affairs. After commencing her career as a classroom teacher, Colleen’s journey took an unexpected turn when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer that left her unable to teach or have children of her own. Overcoming her illness, Colleen was determined to become a role model for Aboriginal students. With inspiring exuberance and an enthusiasm for lifelong learning, Colleen reminds us that the values of integrity and hard work can achieve greatness.

Dr Robert Isaacs OAM from Langford.

Dr Robert Isaacs OAM – Aboriginal leader (Langford)A member of the stolen generation, Dr Robert Isaacs OAM was taken from his family as a newborn and raised in government institutions. After leaving Clontarf Boys’ Town orphanage at the age of 16, Robert embarked upon an extraordinary career and has spent a lifetime bridging the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. His many accomplishments include being the first Aboriginal person to be elected to local government as a councillor and mayor in the City of Gosnells. Chairman of the Aboriginal Lands Trust from 1980 to 1986 and Chairman of the Aboriginal Housing Board from 1980 to 1992, Robert pioneered the first negotiation between a multinational mining company and an Aboriginal community. He has led countless health and housing initiatives – including innovative housing solutions that have helped more than 8,000 Aboriginal people achieve home ownership – earning the trust and respect of people at all levels of government and within the community. Highly sought after as an advisor, mediator, mentor, ambassador and advocate, Robert honours his traditional ancestry while respecting and contributing to contemporary Australia.

Rabia Siddique from South Perth.

Rabia Siddique – Human rights lawyer (South Perth)A criminal and human rights lawyer, a retired British Army officer and a former terrorism and war crimes prosecutor, Rabia Siddique has always had a strong sense of justice and equality. However, her battle against injustice took an unexpected turn after she returned from a horrifying hostage situation in Iraq. After successfully negotiating the release of two SAS soldiers from the Iraqi insurgents, the British authorities buried her achievements, while awarding her male colleague with a Military Cross. In a landmark discrimination case, Rabia fought the UK Ministry of Defence and won. Following this ordeal, Rabia became a Crown Advocate in the British Counter Terrorism Division, prosecuting Al Qaeda terrorists, right wing violent extremists and hate criminals and advising on war crimes prosecutions in The Hague. Her story of courage, resilience and conviction has been captured in her book,Equal Justiceand Rabia now dedicates herself to giving back to the community and many not-for-profit organisations by inspiring and empowering others to become more mindful and resilient and to have the courage to stand up for equality.

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Young talent shines bright

Amy Langdon’s passionate speech about the effects of transphobia has won her a place in the state final search for the next Lions Youth of the Year title.
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Achievements: the five district finalists on stage. Annie Simpson, left, Vinuri Gange, Rickylee Peita, Amy Langdon and Sophie Healy.

“Amy spoke with clarity,intelligence and composure,speaking on behalf of a disadvantaged group, and shininga light on this evolving issue,”district judge and Port Pirie CouncillorAlan Zubrinich said.

Her speech also earnedher the Public Speaking Award for the day.

Standing in front a auditorium with an audience of hundreds, Amy declared “there is no wrong way to be a human.”

The five district finalists competing wereVinuri Gange from Port Augusta, Sophie Healy from Clare, Amy Langdon from Balaklava, Rickylee Peita from Elizabeth and Annie Simpson from Glenside.

The district final washeld in Port Pirie, with Councillor Alan Zubrinich, NAB Specialised Banking Manager Daniel Lauder, Flinders News’ journalistSarah Maunder and ABC North and West Regional Content Manager Petria Ladgrove acting as the impartial local judges.

On the day the girlsendured a 30 minute intense interview with the judges, giving them a chance to highlight their academic achievements, community involvement and future dreams.

Following the interviews, each girl was asked the same twoimpromptu questions in front of the judging panel and the audience, testing their general knowledge and ability to form arguments on the spot.

They were then given five minutes to perform their prepared speeches, which ranged from Amy’s transphobia discussion, to a personal speech about family by Rickylee.

The annual Youth of the Yearcompetition is held by Lions Clubs all around the country, with potential winners needing to display a high level of academic, leadership, sporting, public speaking and citizen achievement.

The district finalist winners were Rickylee Peita, Amy Langdon and Annie Simpson.

The three high school students will go on to compete in the state final on April 16 next year at the Clare Country Club.

The Lions Youth of the Year will be selected on May 16 in Echuca, Victoria.

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Immaculate detail in new unit

2/6 Papunya Place, Legana
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ONLY just completed, this immaculate villa is low maintenance, clean and modern.

This brand new two-bedroom home sits in a quiet neighbourhood and comes complete with fencing, pathways, lawns, gardens and an undercover entertainment area.

Just minutes from the local shopping centre, the quality and attention to detail that has gone into this property cannot be faulted.

The two bedrooms have built-in robes and have been neutrally decorated to accommodate your style.

The modern kitchen comes complete with a dishwasher and ample bench and cupboard space and flows onto a large lounge and dining space.

The master bathroom offers a bath, separate shower and a vanity with twin basins.

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Gig guide for the Narooma District

Friday, March 2:Totum – Club Narooma (5.30pm)
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Chris McGrath – Top Pub, Pambula (8pm)

Dale Huddleston – Eden Fishermen’s Club (7.30pm)

Joe Quennell – Tura Beach Club (7.30pm)

Klaus Tietz – Bermagui Club (8pm)

Cobargo Folk Festival

Saturday, March 3:Pat the Possum CD Launch – Moruya Markets (10am)

Shane Graham – Club Narooma (5.30pm)

Cobargo Folk Festival

Sunday, March 4:Klaus Tietz – Club Narooma (4pm)

Cobargo Folk Festival

Friday, March 9:

Joe Quennell – Club Narooma (5.30pm)

Joe Driscoll – Eden Fishermens Club (7.30pm)

Mike Horneman – Tura Beach Club (7.30pm)

Chris McGrath – Bermagui Club (8pm)

Saturday, March 10:

LegoMan – Club Narooma (5.30pm)

Steve’n’Adam – Merimbula RSL (7.30pm)

Sunday, March 11:

Intensity – Club Narooma (4pm)

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Cinema brings comfort on a large scale

GOLDEN SCREEN: Lucas Meiller and Kelly Davis from Regent Cinemas Albury sit in the brand new 40-seat gold class cinema built to accommodate the increasing popularity of watching movies in luxury. Picture: MARK JESSER
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ALBURY’s RegentCinemas will open itsnew 40-seat gold class theatre to the public on Thursday, October 29.

Sales manager Kelly Davis said the cinema team was excited.

“It’s been a long time coming,” she said.

“We have also created a brand new gold class foyer for everyone to use.”

Ms Davis said the biggest benefit was the added flexibility in the movie schedule.

“We’re able to show abigger variety of moviesin gold class now,” she said.

The cinema already hada 31-seat gold class theatre.

The build took about three months and transformed cinema nine into a modern space.

Tickets for the new James Bond filmSpectreandStar Wars: The Force Awakenshave already gone on sale.

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