Grant Hansen

Musician and broadcaster

VIC Nominee Local Hero 2022

For over 30 years, Grant Hansen has worked as a radio and television broadcaster, musician and band manager. A Taungarung man, he’s recognised as a strong leader and activist in the media and entertainment sector for Aboriginal people.

Grant was the first Aboriginal person to work on commercial radio in Victoria with the Marngrook Footy Show, alongside Leila Gurruwiwi. Over several decades, he’s been a leading voice for Aboriginal people in the sports industry and has created many opportunities for others to work in the Australian Football League media.

In addition, Grant has pursued life through music as a leading Indigenous musician. His band Blackfire was one of Australia’s most successful Indigenous acts of the 1990s. In 1998, it was awarded a NAIDOC award for Artist of the Year and a South Pacific Music Award for the song ‘My Island Paradise’.

By creating education and training pathways, Grant continues to improve the lives of Indigenous people through music and sport.