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Paul Rosenzweig

Military historian and biographer
South Australia

Paul is a retired Army officer with a total of 32 years’ service. He has dedicated his life to serving Australia as a volunteer in the Army Reserve for 20 years, and in the Australian Regular Army for 12 years. In addition, he has served as an Officer...

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Laura Long

Regional Educator & Young Australian of the Year (South Australia) 2007
South Australia

Laura is passionate about regional education and vocational training as a way of providing opportunities for rural young people.  While studying for a Bachelor of Agriculture Laura became extremely concerned about the lack of university graduates returning...

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Dr Bill Griggs AM ASM

Trauma Surgeon
South Australia

An expert in trauma medicine who worked in the immediate aftermath of the Boxing Day Tsunami and the consequences of the Bali bombings. Dr Griggs also has strong interests in aviation/aerospace medicine and in injury prevention.  Since 2004 he has been...

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William (Bill) Denny

RSL & Veterans Affairs
South Australia

Bill joined the Australian Regular Army upon leaving school. In more than 21 years in the military he served in South Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, as Aide de Camp to the Governor General and on exchange duty with the British Army in Germany. He left the...

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Dr Victoria Cox MBBS

Community Healthcare Researcher - particular in Rural environments
South Australia

Adelaide raised, Victoria is currently a Medical Resident at Flinders Medical Centre and Clinical Tutor at Flinders Medical School.  She has been heavily involved with a number of charitable and community organisations throughout South Australia.  She...

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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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