Townsville Locals Nominated For Queensland Australian Of The Year

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Townsville Locals Nominated For Queensland Australian Of The Year

A farmer, a young model, a paediatrician, a special swimming coach and a medical inventor are among nominees for the 2019 Queensland Australian of the Year Awards.

The nominees announced today are in the running to be named Queensland Australian of the Year, Queensland Senior Australian of the Year, Queensland Young Australian of the Year and Queensland Local Hero.

The 2019 Queensland Award nominees are:

Lorraine Hatton - Veteran and community leader (Paradise Point)
Jon Rouse - Detective Inspector and children’s champion (Ashgrove)
Tony Sharp - Social entrepreneur (Bethania)
Dr Harry Stalewski - Founding father of paediatric surgery in North Queensland (Townsville)

Lillian Burke - Community elder and volunteer (Gympie)
Professor James Dale AO – Scientist (Moggill)
Professor John Grant-Thomson AM RFD - Medical engineer and inventor (New Farm)
Sandra Richards - Farmer, environmentalist and volunteer (Townsville)

Angel Dixon - Model and activist (Gold Coast)
Kristen Larsen - Activist and volunteer (Upper Kedron)
Chaz Prezident – Entrepreneur (Bundall)
Mikhara Ramsing - Social enterprise CEO, youth suicide activist (Anstead)

Joan Beacroft - Social justice advocate (Bloomfield)
Elijah Buol – Advocate (Regents Park)
Elisabeth Ewen - Swimming coach volunteer (Stafford Heights)
Barbara Kienast – Volunteer (Samford) 

The Queensland Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced on the evening of Friday 9 November 2018 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Queensland Award recipients will join other State and Territory recipients from around Australia in the national awards, which will be held in Canberra on 25 January 2019.


Dr Harry Stalewski

Founding father of paediatric surgery in North Queensland

When Dr Harry Stalewski arrived in Townsville from the UK in 1987, he became solely responsible for all paediatric surgery north of Brisbane. This meant being on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – for 25 years. He has saved countless lives, and supported thousands of families through some of their toughest times. Harry believes that children shouldn’t have to travel to receive first-class care, and it was his drive that has enabled specialist paediatric surgery to be provided to North Queensland’s children. Harry established clinics in Cairns and Mackay, and every few months, time on Thursday Island consulting and operating. Having a broad training base Harry initially looked after all aspects of paediatric surgery but as new specialists have arrived, his main focus now is on neonatal surgery, genitourinary surgery and paediatric plastics & burns. Harry mentored medical, nursing and occupational therapy students and lectures at the James Cook University. Harry is honoured for his dedication and his impeccable, selfless and tireless efforts.


Sandra Richards

Farmer, environmentalist and volunteer

Sandra Richards is passionate about the land and her community. While running cattle farms in outback Queensland and bringing up five children, she ran a remote school for children, and held pottery classes for isolated neighbours.  In 2003, Sandra hand-planted 10,000 African mahogany trees, and helped found the Mahogany Processors Co-Op. A committed environmentalist, she’s now using mahogany and recycled plastic waste to create an innovative wood plastic product, providing more jobs to the Townsville region. Sandra has survived five major surgeries, breast cancer, a major quad bike accident and a life-threatening blood-clotting condition. Despite these challenges, she’s devoted significant time to her community, including as Chairperson of the United Graziers Association’s Chairperson, Matilda Merino Association’s founder and chairperson; the Richard Horse Racing Club’s cook, and the Girl Guides and Brownies’ District Commissioner. As President of Townsville’s Inner Wheel, she established a thrift shop for the Red Cross; fundraises for the cord blood bank and makes pillows for heart patients.


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