Victorian nominees announced for 60th anniversary of the Australian of the Year Awards

Posted 17 October 2019 9:00am

The nominees for the 2020 Victoria Australian of the Year Awards include a road safety champion, a musical storyteller, a homeless shelter organiser and a mentor for the blind.

They are among 16 Victorians in the running to be named the state's Local Hero, Young Australian, Senior Australian or Australian of the Year as the nation celebrates the 60th anniversary of the awards.

The 2020 Victorian award nominees are:

2020 Victoria Australian of the Year

  • Neale Daniher AM – Football champion and advocate for MND awareness
  • Adele Ferguson AM – Award-winning journalist (Melbourne)
  • Brendan Nottle – Commanding Officer of the Salvation Army Melbourne (Melbourne)
  • Archie Roach AM – Musical storyteller (South West Victoria)

2020 Victoria Senior Australian of the Year

  • Professor Marcia Langton AM – Academic and Indigenous leader (Melbourne)
  • Bruce Pascoe – Indigenous writer (Wallagaraugh)
  • Dr Raymond Shuey APM – Road safety champion (Melbourne)
  • Garry Stinchcombe – Mentor for the blind (Melbourne)

2020 Victoria Young Australian of the Year

  • Taya Davies – Youth worker and youth volunteer (Barwon Heads)
  • Hunter Johnson – Mentor for boys and young men (Fitzroy)
  • Matthew Pierri – Lawyer, CEO and disability advocate (Melbourne)
  • Roseanne Rofaeel – Founder of Christmas on the Streets (COTS) (Melbourne)

2020 Victoria Local Hero

  • Lisa Briggs – Lung cancer survivor and advocate (Doreen)
  • Michael Dillon – Football club leader and refugee supporter (Beaconsfield)
  • Josephine Jones – Environmental and litter prevention advocate (Mornington Peninsula)
  • Jenny Willetts – Homeless shelter organiser (Mount Evelyn)

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

The four award recipients from Victoria will be announced on Wednesday 23 October 2019 at Government House, Melbourne.

They will then join the other state and territory recipients for the national awards ceremony at the National Arboretum in Canberra on 25 January 2020.

National Australia Day Council CEO Karlie Brand said the Victorian nominees were extraordinary Australians whose achievements were making a difference to their communities and the nation.

"The 60th anniversary of the Australian of the Year Awards is a particularly special time to be nominated," said Ms Brand.

"The 2020 Victorian nominees are people who are making a positive impact in society and inspiring others."

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