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Mark Warren

Managing Director Warren Media
New South Wales

“To be an Australia Day Ambassador is truly one of the proudest moments of my life. After the initial feelings and thoughts of… is this a gee up?... came the task of finding a comfortable and significant fit.  That was the easy part, the Warren...

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Lars Olsen


Lars lives in Hervey Bay Queensland and is from a big family of seven children. Lars is 32 years of age, has a wife and three beautiful children. In mid-2004 at the age of 21, Lars Olsen volunteered at an orphanage in Nepal for five months. Whilst there,...

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Emi Kamada and Marie Yokoyama


Fusing their Japanese heritage, 10 years combined experience working in the hospitality industry and a love of the Yakitori cooking style, Emi Kamada and Marie Yokoyama spent time in Japan shadowing trained Yakitori chefs to learn all there is to know...

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Georgia Barnes


For Georgia Barnes, 2015 MasterChef Australia runner-up, food has always been an integral part of her life. “I’ve always loved to cook, there’s no moment where it began, it’s engrained in me. Preparing food for people is my happy place, where...

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David Pocock

Australian Capital Territory

Since moving to Australia from Zimbabwe at the age of 14 due to the loss of his family’s farm as part of the government’s land reform program, David has become one of Australia’s best rugby union players and a passionate advocate in the areas of...

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Jarryd Byrne

Professional Dancer Dancing with the Stars
New South Wales

Jarryd is a professional dancer, choreographer and performer who grew up in Wagga Wagga and has been dancing since the age of eight, having trained in ballroom, Latin American, salsa and hip hop. He moved to Sydney at 18 to develop his dancing and went...

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Major General Andrew James Molan AO DSC

New South Wales

Major General Andrew James "Jim" Molan AO DSC is a retired senior officer in the Australian Army. In his career he was Commanding Officer of the Sixth Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, Commander of the Army's mechanized First Brigade, Commander of...

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Ronni Kahn

Founder Of OzHarvest
New South Wales

Ronni Kahn, wanting to make a significant contribution to society, in 2004 founded OzHarvest, Australia’s first perishable food rescue organisation collecting excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it, direct and free of charge to charities. OzHarvest...

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Lieutenant Commander Steven Reynolds CSM RANR

New South Wales

Lieutenant Commander Steven Chrystopher REYNOLDS CSM RANR joined the Royal Australian Navy at the age of 15 1/2 and has just finished over 41 years of continuous service. He has dedicated his life to serving Australia by being a member of the Defence...

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John Waters

New South Wales

John Waters is one of Australia’s most pre-eminent, and awarded leading actors throughout film, television, and theatre.  John’s theatre credits span across many productions in Australia and The U.K. Including lead roles in productions such as;...

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Prof Lyn Beazley AO FTSE

Scientist, WA Australian of the Year 2015
Western Australia

For Professor Lyn Beazley, science has been a lifelong passion.  After graduating from Oxford and Edinburgh Universities, Lyn has dedicated more than 30 years to the field of neuroscience, researching recovery from brain damage and changing clinical...

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Stacy Dunbar

Road Safety Campaigner, WA Local Hero 2015
Western Australia

In January 2013, Stacy Dunbar’s precious eight-month-old son, Nate, was killed after a drunk driver crashed through his bedroom while he was asleep in his cot.  In the awful aftermath of the accident, Stacy launched a major campaign in conjunction...

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Allan Sparkes CV, VA

Author, Corporate Speaker, International Yachtsman, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advocate
New South Wales

The Cross of Valour is Australia’s highest bravery decoration and Australia’s highest civilian award.  Since the inception of the Australian Honours and Awards System in 1975, only 5 Cross of Valour medals have been presented. Allan was the third...

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Tony Luo

Youth Advocate

Tony is an incoming undergraduate student in his penultimate year studying the Bachelor of Environments at The University of Melbourne, and seeking to major in Environmental Geographies, Politics, Culture, Urban Design and Planning. As an Australian born...

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Paula Duncan

Actor, Ambassador of Nova Employment, Charity worker, Director, Paula Duncan Promotions, Fundraiser
Northern Territory

Paula Duncan AM* Director, Paula Duncan Promotions   Paula Duncan has worked extensively on stage, film and television, and has been a household name throughout Australia for over half of her life, not only as an actress but as one of Australia's most...

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Corey Payne

Founder Executive Chairman, Future Direction Network
Northern Territory

Corey Payne is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Future Direction Network (FDN). The FDN aims to raise the level of university participation rates amongst students from low socio-economic backgrounds. FDN works with schools and universities to...

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Amy Hetherington

Business Owner, Comedian, Filmmaker, Volunteer , Youth Advocate, Youth Mentor
Northern Territory

Amy Hetherington is a 26-year old business owner, comedian, filmmaker, youth advocate, mentor and volunteer who is passionate about using her skills to support her community, especially in the development and promotion of arts and youth activities. Through...

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Thomas Rockliff


Tom was raised in Benalla in country Victoria and grew up with dreams of playing AFL. In 2009, his dreams were realised when he was selected by the Brisbane Lions in the pre-season draft (despite being overlooked by recruiters as a junior). Since this...

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Tim Page


Tim Page photographed his first war at age 19 in Vietnam. His photos graced the covers of Life, Time, Paris Match, and were the visual inspiration for many films of the period. He was wounded four times, the last time by an anti-tank mine and spent most...

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Dr Tim Baker


Joining Toastmasters at 21 to overcome his fear of speaking in public, Tim Baker has come a long way. Tim now assists managers develop productive organisational cultures. Tim is the Director of WINNERS-at-WORK Pty Ltd, having a successful track record...

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