South Australia's Australian of the Year 2016: All the finalists

South Australia's Australian of the Year 2016: All the finalists

The finalists for the 2016 South Australia’s Australian of the Year Awards include an educator, street artist, plastic surgeon, aboriginal elder, climate activist, stillbirth educator, dementia advocate, entertainer and stroke survivor.

The 2016 South Australia’s Award finalists are:

2016 SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

  • Professor Peter Buckskin PSM FACE - Educator (Adelaide)
  • Peter Drew - Street artist (Norwood)
  • Dr John Greenwood AM - Plastic surgeon (Athelstone)
  • Kate Swaffer - Dementia advocate (Wattle Park)

2016 SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

  • Peter Couche - Stroke survivor (Toorak Gardens)
  • Monica Oliphant AO – Scientist (Bedford Park)
  • Tauto Sansbury - Aboriginal elder (Norwood)
  • Phyl Skinner OAM - Entertainer (Parkside)

2016 SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR

  • Arman Abrahimzadeh - Domestic violence campaigner (Adelaide)
  • Genevieve Handley - Health activist (Unley Park)
  • Daniel Spencer - Climate activist (Clarence Park)
  • Manal Younus - Diversity Champion (Adelaide)

2016 SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S LOCAL HERO

  • Ian Cox - Community advocate (Morphettville)
  • Helen Edwards - Diabetes innovator (Rostrevor)
  • Claire Foord - Stillbirth educator (Glenelg North)
  • Lavene Ngatokorua - Community champion (Port Augusta)

South Australia’s Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced on Wednesday 11 November at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.  The South Australian Award recipients will then join recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the national Awards, which will be held in Canberra on 25 January 2016.

National Australia Day Council CEO, Mr Jeremy Lasek, said the South Australian finalists are among more than 120 great Australians being recognised as State and Territory finalists in the Australian of the Year Awards.

"The South Australian finalists reflect the great diversity of talents the people of this State have and we can all be inspired by the dedication they all have to create positive change in society," said Mr Lasek.

The Commonwealth Bank has been a proud sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards for more than 36 years.