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Call for nominations: 2009 Senior Australian of the Year.



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THE HON JUSTINE ELLIOT MP

Minister for Ageing

MEDIA RELEASE

11 August 2008

Call for nominations: 2009 Senior Australian of the Year

The process to select the 2009 Senior Australian of the Year is underway with nominations closing at the end of this month.

Minister for Ageing, Mrs Justine Elliot today issued a call for community nominations.

Senior Australian of the Year award recognises that older Australians make important contributions to the community on a daily basis and in many different ways.

Nomination forms are online at: www.australianoftheyear.org.au

“This is an opportunity to nominate someone aged 60 years and over who has made a significant contribution to Australian life, and who continues today to give their time and energy to building better communities,” the Minister for Ageing, Mrs Justine Elliot said.

Today there are 1.9 million Australians aged 70 and over, comprising nearly 10 per cent of the population. Over the next 20 years, this is expected to double.

“Older Australians have so much to offer,” Mrs Elliot said.

“For example, volunteering builds social capital within communities and makes Australia a stronger country in which to live, and the voluntary work that many of our senior Australians do really is invaluable.”

Past recipients of the Senior Australian of the Year award include international aid worker David Bussau, disability mentor Phillip Herreen, Indigenous nurse and mentor Sally Goold and country singer Slim Dusty.

Nominations for the Senior Australian of the Year close at the end of this month, with the State and Territory finalists to be announced at the end of the year. The finalist will be announced at the national ceremony in Canberra just before Australia Day.

The National Australia Day Council (NADC) manages the Australia Day awards. Its vision is to inspire national pride and spirit to enrich the life of the nation.

For more information, contact Mrs Elliot's office on (02) 6277 7280