Western Australian Nominees Announced For 2021 Australian of the Year Awards

Posted 6 November 2020 12:17pm

Western Australian Nominees Announced For 2021 Australian of the Year Awards 

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The nominees for the WA Australian of the Year Awards include doctors and scientists, a rural tourism ambassador, the founder of Plastic Free July, an Aboriginal arts and culture leader, a young advocate for voluntary assisted dying and the man who urged Australians to support healthcare workers during COVID-19. 

They are among 16 people in the running to be named the state’s Local Hero, Young Australian, Senior Australian or Australian of the Year. 

The 2021 WA award nominees are: 

2021 WA Australian of the Year 

Professor William M Carroll – Leading neurologist (Perth) 

Professor Helen Milroy – Australia’s first Indigenous doctor (Perth) 

Emeritus Professor Chemmangot Nayar – Clean energy pioneer (Willetton) 

Clinical Professor Mark Newman – Cardiothoracic surgeon (Claremont) 

2021 WA Senior Australian of the Year 

Marion Blackwell AM – Environmental scientist and landscape architect (Mount Claremont) 

Ron Manners AO – Miner, businessman and philanthropist (Perth) 

Ngarralja Tommy May – Painter and printmaker (Fitzroy Crossing) 

Dr Richard Walley OAM – Champion of Aboriginal culture (Perth) 

2021 WA Young Australian of the Year 

Grace Forrest – Founder and director of Walk Free (Perth) Ashleigh Small – Founder of Hello Initiative (Perth) 

Dylan Storer – Journalist and social advocate for climate action (Kimberley) 

Belinda Teh – Advocate for voluntary assisted dying (Perth) 

2021 WA Young Australian of the Year 

Grace Forrest – Founder and director of Walk Free (Perth) 

Ashleigh Small – Founder of Hello Initiative (Perth) 

Dylan Storer – Journalist and social advocate for climate action (Kimberley) 

Belinda Teh – Advocate for voluntary assisted dying (Perth) 

2021 WA Local Hero 

Denise Brailey – Consumer advocate (Dowerin) 

Christopher Doohan – Creator of Adopt A Healthcare Worker campaign (Perth) 

Annette Green – Tourism Ambassador, The Australian Silo Art Trail (Halls Head) 

Rebecca Prince-Ruiz – Founder of Plastic Free July (Fremantle) 

 

The nominees are among more than 128 people being recognised across all states and territories as part of the program, which began in 1960. 

The WA award recipients will be announced in a ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Perth on the evening of Thursday 12 November 2020. The ceremony will also be livestreamed via Facebook @AustralianoftheYear. 

The WA award recipients will then join the other state and territory recipients as national finalists for the national awards announcement on 25 January 2021. 

“Once again our Western Australian nominees do us proud,” said Auspire – Australia Day Council WA Chairman, Bradley Woods. 

“These 16 inspiring individuals are thought leaders and change makers for the benefit of others, and we are honoured to acknowledge them through these most prestigious awards.” 

National Australia Day Council CEO Karlie Brand said the WA nominees were all leaders in their fields or community champions with extraordinary leadership qualities. 

“The Western Australian nominees are making significant contributions not just here in the West, but on national and international stages,” said Ms Brand. 

For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards visit australianoftheyear.org.au. 

ENDS.