List of Australian Local Hero Award recipients

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The Local Hero Award[1] is a part of the Australian of the Year awards. It commenced in 2003 and is sponsored by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

The Local Hero Award acknowledges extraordinary contributions made by Australians in their local community. A Local Hero from each state and territory is chosen each year, with one of the eight state and territory Local Heroes announced as Australia's Local Hero on Australia Day eve each year.

List of Awardees[edit]

Year of
Name Achievement
2003 Perry, BrianBrian Perry AFSM Bushfire Fighter [2]
2004 Carson, DonnaDonna Carson Survivor of Domestic Violence [2]
2005 Kearney, BenBen Kearney Environmental Campaigner [2]
2006 Hoffman, ToniToni Hoffman Patient Advocate [2]
2007 Fernando, ShanakaShanaka Fernando Social Challenger [2]
2008 Welch, JonathonJonathon Welch Choral Conductor [2]
2009 Drew, GraemeGraeme Drew Sea Rescuer and Educator [2]
2010 Kahn, RonniRonni Kahn Food rescuer [2]
2011 Ritchie, DonaldDonald Ritchie OAM Suicide prevention advocate [2]
2012 Sawyers, LynneLynne Sawyers Foster mother [2]
2013 Phillips, ShaneShane Phillips Indigenous leader [2]
2014 Conolan, TimTim Conolan Children’s Charity Founder [2]
2015 Wright, JulietteJuliette Wright Social entrepreneur [2]
2016 Dr Keenan, CatherineCatherine Keenan Youth educator [2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian of the Year awardees, accessed 23 January 2012
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Australian of the Year Awards". Retrieved 2016-03-12. 

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