Victoria well represented in this year's awards
It's that time of year, again. Time to recognise great achievements by great Australians.
The National Australia Day Council has announced the State and Territory Award recipients who are in the running for the 2018 Australian of the Year Awards, which will be presented at Parliament House in Canberra on the evening of 25 January 2018.
There are 32 people vying for the four Award titles:
· 2018 Australian of the Year
· 2018 Senior Australian of the Year
· 2018 Young Australian of the Year
· 2018 Australia’s Local Hero
According to National Australia Day Council CEO, Ms Jenny Barbour, the recipients were inspiring people representing the many facets of Australian society.
“The 32 State and Territory recipients are all deserving of our thanks and our admiration. They represent what makes our nation great. From these amazing people, we will draw our next four Australians of the Year.”
Sam Johnson, 2018 Australian of the Year for Victoria, chose this wire unicycle made by sister Connie as his most treasured object now on display at NMA. "She always saw a way , no matter how big the dream. That's what I will miss the most, '' Sam reckons. @loveyoursister pic.twitter.com/iNlYWeN0uh— Megan Doherty (@MeganDohertyCT) December 14, 2017
The Victorian recipients for the 2018 Australian of the Year Awards are:
2018 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Samuel Johnson OAM - Actor and fundraiser for cancer research (VIC)
2018 SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Professor Paul Zimmet AO - Scientist and diabetes specialist (VIC)
2018 YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Georgie Stone - Campaigner for transgender youth (VIC)
2018 AUSTRALIA'S LOCAL HERO
Mat Bowtell - Engineer and prosthetic limb innovator (VIC)
Commonwealth Bank has proudly sponsored the Australian of the Year Awards for over 30 years. Chief Executive Officer, Ian Narev, said it was a privilege to hear the stories of recipients.
“All of this year’s State and Territory recipients have remarkable stories of achievement across their fields of endeavour,” said Mr Narev.
For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards and details of all State and Territory recipients visitaustralianoftheyear.org.au.
The 2018 Australian of the Year Awards will be broadcast live 7:30pm - 9:00pm AEDT.