Senior Australian Of The Year 2012
Minister for Mental Health and Ageing and Minister for Social Inclusion Mark Butler has congratulated the nonagenarian Indigenous community leader from north-east Arnhem Land, Laurie Baymarrwangga, who is this year’s Senior Australian of the Year.
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25 January 2012
Minister for Mental Health and Ageing and Minister for Social Inclusion Mark Butler tonight congratulated the nonagenarian Indigenous community leader from north-east Arnhem Land, Laurie Baymarrwangga, who is this year’s Senior Australian of the Year.
Laurie richly deserved the award – one of Australia’s greatest peer honours – for her extraordinary commitment to maintaining her culture, the environment of her beloved Crocodile Islands homelands with its unique marine culture, and ensuring younger generations continue to embrace their heritage.
“In her more than 90 years, Laurie has almost single-handedly nurtured the inter-generational transmission of local ecological knowledge through a lifelong commitment to caring for kin, culture and country,” Mr Butler said.
“Her work has benefitted and will continue to benefit future generations of Australians.
“The Senior Australian of the Year award showcases and celebrates the achievements of older Australians and is a wonderful opportunity to recognise that they have so much to offer, not just to friends and family, but to the wider community,” Mr Butler said.
The award was announced by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, at Parliament House, Canberra, this evening.
More details of the award and other Australian of the Year Awards 2012 are available at the Australian of the Year Award website.
For more information, contact the Minister’s Office on 02 6277 7280
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