The finalists for the 2016 Western Australia’s Australian of the Year Awards include a medical warrior, aboriginal leader, human rights lawyer, children’s literature champion, global health campaigner, flying doctor and men’s advocate.
Western Australia’s Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced on Sunday, November 8, at theGovernment House Ballroom, Perth.
The Western Australia’s Award recipients will then join recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the national Awards, which will be held in Canberra on 25 January 2016.
National Australia Day Council CEO, Mr Jeremy Lasek, said the Western Australian finalists are among more than 120 great Australians being recognised as State and Territory finalists in the Australian of the Year Awards.
“The Western Australian finalists are all extraordinary people who are committed to making the world a better place through the work they do,” Mr Lasek said.
The Commonwealth Bank has been a proud sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards for more than 36 years.
“The Australian of the Year Awards recognise people in our community for their remarkable contributions and achievements. We believe it is important to say thank you to people who make a positive difference, and inspire others to do the same,” said Mr Ian Narev, Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank.
The 2016 Western Australia’s Award finalists are:
2016 WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEARAnne Carey – Medical warrior (Esperance)Professor Colleen Hayward AM – Educator (Perth)Dr Robert Isaacs OAM – Aboriginal leader (Langford)Rabia Siddique – Human rights lawyer (South Terrace)2016 WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEARBill Bunbury – Oral historian (Margaret River)The Hon Graham Edwards AM – Veterans’ advocate (North Beach)Lesley Reece AM – Children’s literature champion (Freemantle)Rose Marie Vojakovic AM – Asbestos disease campaigner (Greenwood)2016 WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEARCatherine Hughes – Immunisation champion (Claremont)Dr Bronwyn Jones – Global health campaigner (Perth)Georgia Lowry – Cancer survivor (Mundijong)Dr Vinay Menon – Doctor (Applecross)2016WESTERN AUSTRALIA’SLOCAL HERODr Stephen Langford – Flying doctor (Applecross)Carl Merrison – Mentor (Halls Creek)Robert Reekie – Men’s advocate (Busselton)Linda Thomas – Organ and tissue donation champion (Como)