26 January 2016





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Carole Whitelock

Columnist, MC & former Radio ABC commentator
South Australia

Carole was born in London and grew up with the BBC. She worked firstly in the travel business and, after marrying, spent three years in Singapore with her Royal Marine husband. She worked for the Intelligence Corps there (as a civilian) at a time when...

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Cate Fowler

Theatre producer and director
South Australia

Cate is a theatre producer and director specialising in professional performance work for children and family audiences. She founded Windmill Performing Arts which provides high-quality performance experiences to inspire and enrich the learning and imagination...

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Jock Zonfrillo

Celebrity Chef specialising in native foods
South Australia

Born in Scotland, Jock’s formative years were heavily influenced by his grandfathers who both had a genuine love of nature and understanding of the land. For Jock, the kitchen was a natural home and a place where, even from the very early stages of...

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Dorinda Hafner

Story-teller, teacher, motivator and free-spirit
South Australia

Dorinda started “Africa in Schools”, a very successful program to bring cultural understanding to the future adults who would go on to be influential in the Australian fabric of life.  She brought us all things "African" including the African Dance...

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Glenn Keys

Business and philanthropic leader
Australian Capital Territory

A leader in both business and philanthropy, Glenn Keys believes in giving back.  A former Australian Defence Force test flight engineer, as managing director of global healthcare provider, Aspen Medical, Glenn puts corporate social responsibility at...

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Damian De Marco

Child sexual assault campaigner
Australian Capital Territory

A symbol of courage for child abuse victims and their families, Damian De Marco spent four decades fighting to prevent other children from sharing his experience.  After he was sexually assaulted by a Marist Brother in the 1980s, Damian battled for the...

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Sandra Mahlberg

Humanitarian and volunteer
Australian Capital Territory

Opening her heart and her home to sick children, Sandra Mahlberg is the ACT coordinator for Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC), a volunteer organisation that helps children from developing countries afflicted with severe medical conditions. ...

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Alan Small

Photographer, Local Business Owner and Community Man
New South Wales

The Manning Valley’s 2015 Australia Day Ambassador is Mr Alan Small, passionate photographer, local business owner and community man. A man of the Manning, Alan was born and raised in the area and has been in business in Taree for almost 50 years. He...

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Bryan Brown AM

New South Wales

Iconic Australian actor Bryan Brown became an international success with the critical acclaim from performances in “Breaker Morant” and the TV series “A Town Like Alice”.  A stream of well known Australian hits and Hollywood productions followed:...

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Sharni Layton

New South Wales

Honours: 2008-2009 Melbourne Vixens 2009 World Youth Netball Championships – Gold Medallist 2011 World Championship – Gold Medallist 2010, 2013 Adelaide Thunderbirds 2014-2015 NSW Swifts 2014 Australian Diamonds Team 2014 Commonwealth Game – Gold...

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Warren Potent

Olympian - Shooting
New South Wales

Warren is the current Commonwealth Games and World Champion as well as being ranked as the number 1 prone rifle shooter in the world. Warren has represented Australia at the Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London Olympic games. In 1986 Warren won the world...

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Peter Berner

New South Wales

Peter Berner is without doubt one of Australia’s most popular and respected media entertainers, stand-up comics and corporate performers. Peter started his career as a stand-up comedian in 1988. Since this time he has performed locally and internationally,...

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Special Olympics Dance Performance Group

Special Olympics - Dance
New South Wales

The Special Olympics Dance Group was formed in April 2006 with only 6 dancers. They now have over fifteen groups including the Dance Performance Group with a total in excess of 150 dancers. Highlights for the group have been performing with stars such...

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Joanne Carter

Olympian - Figure Skater
New South Wales

2 time Winter Olympian (1998 & 2006) 4 time World Championships competitor -8 time Four Continents Cup competitor 3 time World Junior Championships competitor - 12 time National champion 10 time State Champion Career Highlights: 1992 Youngest...

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Ashlea Walley

Miss NAIDOC 2014, Youth Mentor
Western Australia

Ashlea is a Noongar-Yamatji yorga (woman), born in Perth. Ashlea's Aboriginal connection is from her father’s family and include the Walley, Bartlett, Phillips and Wyatt families. Her mother is non-Aboriginal, and include the Thompson and Arthey families....

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Joseph Tawadros

Musician, Aria winner
New South Wales

November 2014: He’s one of Australia’s top musicians and leading composers and has just taken out the rare ARIA hat trick with his 11th album, Permission to Evaporate, featuring music legends Christian McBride and Mike Stern (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu2TFSnMJ6s...

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Dr John van Bockxmeer

Doctor, WA Young Australian of the Year 2014
Western Australia

While working as a doctor in the remote Pilbara region, Dr John van Bockxmeer had an epiphany.  Looking out the window of the hospital, he saw Indigenous children kicking a tin can around the dusty oval and he knew it was time for change.  He started...

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Allana Slater

Olympian - Gymnast
Western Australia

Allana Slater competed at two Commonwealth Games, two Olympic Games, and four world championships and remains Australia’s most successful gymnast.  She won Australia’s first gold medal and captained our team that won bronze at a World Cup, was the...

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Ken McAullay

Former WA Cricketer, Member WAFL Hall of Fame
Western Australia

Ken McAullay is a family man, married to Judy for over 40 yrs with three daughters. Ken carved out a distinguished sporting career for Western Australia in both football and cricket. In football he was a champion player for East Perth, winning the Tassie...

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Krista McMeeken

Lawyer, Human Rights Advocate, WA Young Australian of the Year Finalist
Western Australia

A 23 year old Nyoongar woman, Krista McMeeken is a human rights and reconciliation advocate in her community of Perth.  Krista believes in giving back to the community and is passionate about ensuring that all Australians are given a “fair go”. Krista...

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