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Saba Vasefi

2016 recipient of the Multicultural NSW Arts and Culture Award, Academic, Film Maker, Human Rights Advocate
New South Wales

Saba Vasefi is a feminist filmmaker, academic, poet and PhD candidate in Feminist Cinema Studies and Documentary Film at Macquarie University. Saba’s Master's thesis in Feminist Literary Criticism received the highest grade possible and at the age of...

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Rob Palmer

Northern Territory

Rob is as experienced as it gets, starting in the industry as a nine-year-old working at his Dad’s company during the school holidays. With a passion for the construction and design industry, Rob continued at his father’s company after he left school....

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Sarah Fitz-Gerald AM

Australian Athlete of the Year 2001 and 2002, Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist, Five times World Squash Champion

Sarah Fitz-Gerald now retired from the professional tour comes from Melbourne, Australia. Her highest achievements were World Champion, British Open Champion, World No.1, Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist, World Team Champion, World Junior Champion over...

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Kamahl AM

Entertainer, Singer/Song Writer
New South Wales

Once heard, his voice is unforgettable. A sumptuous, bronzed bass baritone, it melts across melodies, imbuing them with a grandeur that is intimate rather than remote, because Kamahl has that singular ability to make it seem that he is singing to you,...

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Zoe Arancini

Olympian - Water Polo
Western Australia

With parents who both represented Australia in water polo, Zoe Arancini has always been passionate about the sport and will have the opportunity to showcase her experience and skills when she makes her Olympic debut at Rio. Zoe won bronze at her FINA...

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Nick Theodossi

Businessman, Philanthropist

Recognised for his outstanding achievements in business and philanthropy, Nick Theodossi will be proudly celebrating Australia Day with the people of Barnawartha. Known best for his prestige car business based in North Melbourne, Nick also has a big heart...

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Iain Finlay

Author , Humanitarian and volunteer, Journalist
New South Wales

Award-winning journalist, author and humanitarian Iain Finlay is the Tweed Shire Australia Day Ambassador for 2017. Iain Finlay has spent more than 50 years in the media as a reporter, producer, director and host of national and international radio and...

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Tiffany Thomas Kane

Australian Paralympian - 2016 4x Medallist , Australian Paralympian - Swimming
New South Wales

Born: 9 August 2001 Disability: Hypochondraplasia Started learning to swim at age 3 Swimming club:  Ravenswood Coach: Lach Falvey Swimming classification: S6, SB6, SM6 Memorable moments: IPC Swimming World Championships 2015 at age 13- Gold and world...

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John Moriarty AM

Chairman & Co-Founder Of The Jumbana Group, Indigenous Artist
New South Wales

John Kundereri Moriarty AM is Chairman and Co-founder of Balarinji, a leading Australian Indigenous design and strategy consultancy he established with Ros Moriarty in 1983. He also co-founded, and co-chairs The Nangala Project, a not-for-profit initiative...

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Rob Palmer

Dancing With The Stars 2010, TV Presenter - Better Homes & Gardens
New South Wales

Rob is as experienced as it gets, starting in the industry as a nine-year-old working at his Dad’s company during the school holidays. With a passion for the construction and design industry, Rob continued at his father’s company after he left school....

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Amanda Reid

2016 Australian Paralympic Medallist , Para-cycling
New South Wales

When Amanda Reid made her international swimming debut, shereally made waves. Competing at the 2011 Global Games in Italy,she took home a sensational seven gold medals. After beingselected for the national team when she was only 14, she has beenearmarked...

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Catherine Hughes

Immunisation Champion, WA Young Australian of the Year 2016
Western Australia

Immunisation Champion After her youngest child Riley died from whooping cough, Catherine Hughes became an ardent campaigner for vaccination. One month old Riley was too young to be immunised against the deadly respiratory bacteria, also known as pertussis. Rather...

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Brad Scott

Paralympian - Athletics
Western Australia

Brad Scott is a two time paralympian and triple Paralympic Games medalist. He is a middle distance runner with a mild form of cerebral palsy. As a child, all Brad wanted to do was play any sport, with the dream of one day wearing the green and gold. But...

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Fletcher Pilon

Singer/Song Writer , Winner of 'Australia's Got Talent' 2016
Northern Territory

Fletcher Pilon, often known as Fletch, is a young Australian Singer/Songwriter from the Central Coast of NSW. The winner of Australia's Got Talent in 2016, he wowed millions of viewers on his way to an impressive breakthrough victory. Earlier in his career,...

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Corey Payne

Former NRL Player , NSW Young Australian of the Year 2013
New South Wales

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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Andy Paschalidis

Sports Presenter & Soccer Commentator
New South Wales

In 1996 I was rewarded for my community and charity work by being selected as part of the prestigious Australia Day Ambassador program. I have been involved in 300 community driven fund-raising events involving numerous amateur sporting teams, the NSW...

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Sharni Williams

2016 Australian Olympic Medalist, Women's Rugby Sevens
New South Wales

From Batlow in country New South Wales, Williams is a qualified mechanic and a female Australian Rugby Union player. She has played in the centre position for Australia, Brumbies and 2008-2012 Canberra Royals. She made her international debut when winning...

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George Lekakis AO

Chief Executive Officer of Fronditha Care and Chairman of Multicultural Arts Victoria

George Lekakis AO was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Fronditha Care in August 2011. He currently manages the delivery of care to elderly people in aged care residential care facilities and through a range of community care services. Prior...

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Luke Owens

Musician and Advocate for Homeless People, 2014 Victorian Young Australian of the Year Finalist

A talented musician, Luke Owens understands the power of music to inspire change and transform lives. After years of entertaining people in pubs and on the streets of Bendigo, Luke decided to use his passion for music to make a difference to the lives...

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Andy Keogh

Perth Glory Player
Western Australia

Andy Keogh has played in the English Premier League with Wolverhampton Wolves and at all other professional levels of English football with eight other clubs. Keogh has an impressive work rate and an incredible eye for goal, scoring 12 times in his first...

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