A philanthropist who believes the wealthy should use their money to benefit others – and is leading by example – is in the running to be Queensland’s Australian of the Year.
So too is a neonatologist who’s saved countless premature babies, an educator who is helping students report harm without fear, and a multi-talented man who is performer, didgeridoo player, basketball player, writer and story keeper.
Clive Berghofer is a Toowoomba-based property developer who recently donated $50.1 million to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, just one of many donations made by the man who left school at 13, after struggling with dyslexia.
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David Cartwright, one of Queensland’s three other nominees for Australian of the Year, is a former director of neonatology at Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital whose work caring for sick babies has contributed to big advances in treating premature births.
Twenty-five years ago, Rachel Downie became an educator to help young people and after a Year 9 student suicided she developed and funded Stymie, a site where students can anonymously report harm without fear.
Monty Boori Pryor has shared his passion for literacy and knowledge of Aboriginal storytelling around Australia, Europe and Asia creating a greater harmony, understanding and unity.
Other nominees for the 2020 Queensland Australian of the Year Awards include world-class tennis player, Ashleigh Barty, a travelling greengrocer, cancer researcher, pub choir leader, and veterinary researcher.
The 16 nominees in four categories are:
QLD Australian of the Year
* Clive Berghofer AM – Philanthropist
* Dr David Cartwright – Neonatologist
* Rachel Downie – Educator and social entrepreneur
* Monty Boori Pryor – Story keeper, writer, multi-talented performer
QLD Senior Australian of the Year
* Distinguished Professor Emeritus Judith Clements AC – Cancer researcher
* Peter Dornan AM – Men’s health activist
* Professor Ian Lowe AO – Environmental scientist
* Dr Peter Reid – Equine veterinary surgeon and researcher )
QLD Young Australian of the Year
* Ashleigh Barty – Professional tennis player
* Mark Halupka – Radio show host
* Astrid Jorgensen – Pub Choir founder
* Luke Yokota – Men’s nursing advocate
QLD Local Hero
* Adjunct Assistant Professor Nick Marshall – Founder, Albatross Nippers
* Fari Rameshfar – Travelling greengrocer
* Tiffany Spary – Homelessness activist and social enterprise founder
* Craig Tobin – Swimmer, coach, mentor
The four winners will be announced on Monday night at a ceremony at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
They will later join the other state and territory recipients for the national awards ceremony in Canberra on January 25.
© AAP 2019