And the nominees for the 2016 ACT Australian of the Year are…

nominees collage

IT’S an exciting time around town as the finalists for the 2016 ACT Australian of the Year are announced.

There’s a crowded field of worthy Canberrans this year. They are:

    2016 ACT AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

  • Dr Alison Taylor and Dr Michael Archinal – Veterinarians (Holder and Red Hill)
  • David Morrison AO – Equality advocate (Griffith)
  • Dr Brendan Nelson – Cultural leader (Barton)
  • Dr Helen Watchirs OAM – Human rights advocate (Deakin)

    2016 ACT SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

  • Yvonne Cuschieri OAM – Cancer support pioneer (Queanbeyan)
  • Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery AC AO (Mil) CVO MC – Sustainable agriculture advocate (Yarralumla)
  • Professor Chris Parish – Medical researcher (Campbell)
  • Professor Greg Tegart AM FTSE- Scientist and technology advocate (Yarralumla)

    2016 ACT YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

  • Dr Kate Eisenberg – Doctor, science advocate and volunteer (Holt)
  • Sophie Hope – Multidimensional volunteer (Casey)
  • Leonard Weiss – Musician (Forrest)
  • Nipuni Wijewickrema – Social entrepreneur (Chifley)

    2016 ACT LOCAL HERO

  • Peter Cursley – Newborn care champion (Farrer)
  • Fiona Kirk – Charity founder (Greenway)
  • David Richards – Volunteer Fundraiser and Christmas enthusiast (Forrest)
  • Yanping Zhang – Medical researcher (Bruce)

Best of luck to all of them, individual biographies are available at australianoftheyear.org.au.

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