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Aust. of the Year finalists … one of whom lives in NSW …

By I-filed - 4 November 2011 3

Here are the ACT finalists. I don’t want to nitpick, but what on Earth is Betty Churcher doing on the list, if she’s a New South Wales resident? And what has she done for the ACT in recent years? I know she’s going blind and it’s good to be kind, but … can anyone enlighten us as to her contribution to the ACT from across the border? If it were “ACT and Region” there would be many contenders who live in regional NSW but contribute to the ACT. Glass artist Klaus Moje comes to mind (lives on the south coast).

ACT AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Professor Andrew Blakers – Solar energy scientist (Aranda)
Adjunct Professor Michael Gore AM – Science educator
Janne Graham AM – Health care advocate (Evatt)
Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC AFC (Retired) – Military leader

ACT SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Betty Churcher AO – Arts icon (Womboin)
Ante Dabro – Sculptor and teacher (Turner)
Professor Peter Drysdale AM – Asia academic (Aranda)
George Howe OAM – Carillonist (Hughes)

ACT YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Patrick Mills – Olympic basketballer (Monash)
Dr Sam Prince – Doctor and entrepreneur
Jillian Thomsen – Community activist (Acton)
Rebekah White – Research psychologist (Chapman)

ACT LOCAL HERO
Elizabeth Dawson – Community champion (Hughes)
Marianne Dickie – Human rights advocate (Scullin)
Michael Pilbrow – Community activist (Charnwood)
Julie Tongs – Health care leader (Narrabundah)

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3 Responses to
Aust. of the Year finalists … one of whom lives in NSW …
Grail 9:39 am 04 Nov 11

Betty Churcher, aka Blockbuster Betty. A few minutes with Bing will tell you all you need to know.

Holden Caulfield 9:29 am 04 Nov 11

Womboin, gee, that’s miles away from Canberra. Dear old Betty would too far away to do any good for the ACT community there.

Madman 9:11 am 04 Nov 11

Maybe her work is done in the ACT….

Just cause you live in NSW but work in ACT still means you get the ACT Public Holiday…

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