No word on Smith as Storm collect award

Barely a month before they start pre-season training Melbourne are still waiting on skipper Cameron Smith to divulge his 2021 plans.

While Smith is doing the rounds in Queensland promoting his autobiography, assistant coach and former teammate Ryan Hoffman stepped up to collect the Storm’s latest award – Australasia’s best sporting team for the second successive year.

The NRL champions pipped Super Rugby Aerotoa titleholders and 2018 winners, the Crusaders, while AFL premiers Richmond finished fifth among 152 teams analysed from 18 sports competitions.

Melbourne donated $10,000 in prize-money for the award to the Starlight Foundation.

While it’s expected the 37-year-old Smith will retire, with his profile already removed from the Storm’s website, Hoffman joked they would need an answer before training resumed on January 4 or there would be penalties for the veteran hooker.

“We need to know whether to expect him here or if we’re going to need to fine him for not being at training,” Hoffman said on Tuesday.

“We’re ready for a decision when he’s ready – it’s a personal decision for him and as an organisation we’ve planned for both ways.

“Whatever happens with Cameron in the upcoming weeks we’ve put ourselves in good stead for 2021.”

The State of Origin players, including new superstar Harry Grant, will get a couple of extra weeks with the club still able to lock in two months of solid preparation before hosting the NRL season-opener against South Sydney on March 11.

In terms of the award, Gain Line Analytics – headed by former Wallabies prop Ben Darwin – combine with Platinum Asset Management to analyse sports teams, including e-sports, using a criteria that includes consistency in performance.

The results are also impacted by factors such as the size of the competition and the stability of the league and are based on rolling five-year outcomes.

“It’s really an award for governance,” Darwin said.

“Melbourne have done an amazing job in making sure that the club is sustainably successful – it’s not just about winning today but winning consistently.”

Darwin said a trend had emerged among the most successful teams.

“What we’ve found through our research is that clubs that are more development focused are far more successful,” Darwin said.

“We call that TWI (Team Work Index) and the No.1 TWI team won the NRL, AFL, the NBL and English Premiership Rugby and Super League.

“It tends to be the club that focus more on the long-term view rather than buying a good player, who then doesn’t perform.”

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Marcus Rashford: Special BBC award at Sports Personality show for Man Utd forward

England and Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has been honoured for his work to raise awareness of child food poverty in the UK.

He will be given a special award at the BBC Sports Personality show next month.

Rashford, 23, has also been named on the annual Football Black List, which recognises black figures in the game.

The BBC will show a documentary on the striker who successfully campaigned for the government to extend free school meals during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He will be presented with the Panel Special Award at this year’s BBC Sports Personality show on 20 December, which comes from Media City in Salford and will be shown live on BBC One.

The shortlist for the main Sports Personality of the Year award will be announced closer to the show.

The show’s judging panel unanimously agreed that Rashford’s accomplishments off the pitch should be commended with a special award as the criteria for the main award shortlist is based around sporting achievements.

Award tribute to ‘remarkable young man’

Earlier this year, Rashford’s campaign resulted in about 1.3 million children in England being able to claim free school meal vouchers in the summer holidays.

Another policy change in November saw the government announce more than £400m to support poor children and their families in England, following further campaigning by Rashford.

The footballer has spoken of going without food as a child and the sacrifices his family had to make.

He became an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and has continued to lobby for further help for poorer families.

Rashford has also launched a book club to help children enjoy the escapism of reading.

“Marcus’ endeavour to give a voice to those who find themselves in a situation that he too is familiar with has been greatly admired and the panel wanted to ensure he was recognised for that,” said BBC director of sport Barbara Slater.

“In a year that has been challenging for everyone, but particularly vulnerable families, he has gone above and beyond to transcend his sport and make a real difference.

“This award is a tribute to a remarkable young man.”

Programme makers have been given exclusive access to Rashford for the documentary

The documentary, to be shown on BBC One on 21 December, will offer insight into Rashford’s decision making and motivations for his campaign.

It will demonstrate how this drive contributed to the announcement of relief measures from the government to help the households of more than 1.7 million children.

“Everyone will be familiar with the Marcus Rashford we see on the pitch, but this documentary will offer a deeper insight into the man himself,” said Clare Sillery, BBC head of commissioning for documentaries.

“Through our access, we hope viewers will get to see just how passionate and determined he is about tackling child food poverty in Britain today.”

‘Doing great work’ – the Football Black List

The Football Black List, first published in 2008, highlights black industry professionals who are positive influencers.

Rashford is named on the players’ list alongside Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings, Watford’s Troy Deeney and Crystal Palace’s Chloe Morgan and Wilfried Zaha.

The names in eight categories are decided by a panel with representatives from the Premier League, the Football Association, the Professional Footballers’ Association, the League Managers’ Association, the English Football League, Professional Game Match Officials Limited, and anti-discriminatory bodies the Black Collective of Media in Sport and Kick It Out.

Former England forward Eniola Aluko – the Aston Villa Women sporting director – and former England striker Les Ferdinand – Queens Park Rangers’ director of football – were named in the senior administration section of the list.

The Football Black List’s co-founder, Rodney Hinds, said: “Yet again the Football Black List has unearthed many in the community that are doing great work.

“The efforts of Marcus Rashford deserve acclaim alongside the others on the list who go about their business for the good of others.”

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The full list:

Cyrille Regis Players:

  • Chloe Morgan, Crystal Palace Women
  • Marcus Rashford, Manchester United and England
  • Troy Deeney, Watford
  • Tyrone Mings, Aston Villa and England
  • Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast


  • Edleen John, director of international relations, corporate affairs and diversity – FA
  • Eniola Aluko, sporting director – Aston Villa Women
  • Jade Morgan, general manager – Leicester City Women
  • Les Ferdinand, director of football – Queens Park Rangers
  • Marie Gabriel, chairperson – West Ham United Foundation

Coaching and Management:

  • Alex Dyer, manager – Kilmarnock
  • Ashley Boasah and Cornelius Nwadialor, joint managers – Tooting & Mitcham
  • Jason Euell, Under-23 head coach – Charlton Athletic
  • Karleigh Osborne, Women’s Head Coach – Brentford
  • Tony Whelan, Assistant Academy Director – Manchester United


  • Ashanti George-Faure, senior talent manager – Refresh Sports
  • Faina Msellam, sports industry advisory board member – Birkbeck Sport Business Centre
  • Marvin Morgan, CEO – Fresh Ego Kid
  • Nathan Thompson, commercial director – West Ham United
  • Warren Haughton, director, Haughton Consultancy

Community and Grassroots:

  • Diane Sawyers, operations manager – Holford Drive Community Sports Hub
  • Duke Harrison-Hunter, equality, diversity and inclusion officer – Pompey in the Community
  • Emma Trent, head of programmes – Notts County Football in the Community
  • Harold Bennett, founder – North London Limited
  • Dr. Michael Seeraj, head of equality diversity & inclusion – Charlton Athletic


  • Annette Nelson, education lead – Football v Homophobia


  • Carl Anka, football reporter – The Athletic
  • Charlene Gravesande, special projects journalist – Sky Sports
  • Hugh Woozencroft, sports broadcaster – Talksport
  • Jessica Creighton, sports reporter – Sky Sports
  • Micah Richards, freelance broadcaster


  • Hayley Bennett, founder – WeAreNutmegs
  • Jason Lee, equalities education executive – PFA
  • Marvin Robinson, CEO – Peterborough United Foundation
  • Dr. Matt Ogunsanya, club doctor – Watford FC
  • Sam Allison, national group referee – PGMOL

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Course record and Euro rookie award cap fairytale year for Kyriacou

“I’m really happy with how I have gone and I have achieved a lot. I have achieved more than I expected too, so I’m stoked,” Kyriacou said.

It was a long way from a year that started for Kyriacou by being knocked out of the Australian Amateur at the semi-final stage and being beaten in the quarter-finals of the NSW Amateur on her home course of St Michaels.

It wasn’t the start to 2020 that one of the best golfing talents in the country wanted.

However, Kyriacou’s world changed in a week in February when she won the Australian Ladies Classic at Bonville by eight shots. That was a European Tour event. The next week, she turned professional and has been the revelation of the European Tour with five top-five finishes.

“It has definitely been a rollercoaster. It has been a big learning curve as well,” Kyriacou said. “This is probably the worst it is going to get with Covid.

“I have had flights cancelled, and we rearrange and figure out what countries we can go to, so it has been an up and down year.

“Everything has worked out for the best, and I have had a good year.”

Steph Kyriacou with her dad and caddie Nick Kyriacou at the Women’s Open at Royal Troon.Credit:Getty Images

Kyriacou was runner-up in the Swiss Open, led the Open Championship at Royal Troon in August and it seemed apt that she finished her first year as a professional by shooting a course record.

Her final round at Royal Greens included two eagles: a hole-out for two from the fairway on the par-4 14th and a chip-in three on her final hole for the year, the ninth.

However, it hasn’t been plain sailing after he had to stay in Europe following the Open Championship after having two flights cancelled that were to take her and father Nick, who is her caddie, home.


It forced them to spend nearly two months in Cyprus before finishing the year with a top-20 in the Dubai Moonlight Classic and a fourth in the $1 million Saudi Ladies International last weekend.

Kyriacou will miss the final event of the year to return home to Sydney at the weekend and is already setting goals for 2021.

“A win would be nice. Hopefully, everything is back to normal but I’m going to set some higher goals next year,” she said.

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First Nations small-business award winners announced

As part of the NAIDOC Week celebrations, CGU Insurance has announced the winners of its CGU Kayku Kumpa awards program that aims to celebrate and recognise First Nations small-business owners and provide opportunities for their growth. Each winning small-business owner will receive a $5000 grant to go towards their professional development to support the growth of their small business.

“As an insurer of businesses around Australia, we proudly support the ambition of small-business owners,” CGU Indigenous Engagement Manager, Phil Lockyer, said. “We were really impressed with the quality of entries we received from many unique and innovative First Nations small businesses.

“We know it’s been a tough year for many small businesses due to the pandemic, so we’re proud to be able to support the growth and skills development of five First Nations small-business owners each with a $5000 grant,” Lockyer added.

The five winners of the CGU Kayku Kumpa Awards are:

  • Professor Gregory Phillips, Founder and CEO of Abstarr Consulting – a consulting agency that works with communities, businesses and governments to provide strategic solutions and training in cultural safety and decolonisation.
  • Raelene Talbot, Founder and Managing Director of Barra-gi – an agency that sources and creates employment opportunities, provide mentoring services and creates job-ready programs for Indigenous people by partnering with non-Indigenous businesses in the corporate and private sector.
  • Ashleigh Pengelly, Founder and Owner of Little Black Duck Aus – a small business that sells unique Aboriginal hand-painted teapots, serving boards, terracotta pots and wall art.
  • David Parkin, Founder and Managing Director of Luggarrah – an education management business that runs events and workshops in regional areas to upskill First Nations people and communities and provide them with career opportunities within the technology industry.
  • Leisa Wehlin, Founder and Managing Director of Yellow Balloon – a marketing and digital agency that specialises in helping small and medium businesses across Australia succeed through connected marketing strategies that create enduring customer connections.

The CGU Kayku Kumpa awards program was run as part of Indigenous Business Month. It takes its name from the local language of the Gringai people of the Wonnarua nation of the Hunter Valley in NSW which means “strong yesterday, stronger tomorrow.”

CGU’s parent company, IAG, launched the Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan in 2019, an initiative that provides employment and internship opportunities to First Nations people, as well as supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses.

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France’s Dupont wins top 6 Nations award

Antoine Dupont has been voted the Six Nations player of the championship, becoming the first Frenchman to pick up the award in the history of the competition.

Halfback Dupont scored one try and made four assists as his blistering runs in the open field threatened defences throughout the competition.

The 23-year-old finished with a tournament-high 12 offloads and made 249 metres with ball in hand — more than any other halfback in the competition.

France fell agonisingly short of the title, with England triumphing on points difference, but Dupont garnered 46% of the votes for the individual honour.

Dupont topped a six-man shortlist that also included teammates Gregory Alldritt, Romain Ntamack, England duo Maro Itoje and Ben Youngs and Ireland’s CJ Stander.

“His talent clearly transcended borders with fans from all six unions giving him their support in huge numbers,” said Ben Morel, chief executive of Six Nations Rugby.

“To win this award at such a young age is quite some accomplishment. Bravo Antoine!”

England centre Emily Scarratt was named the inaugural women’s Six Nations player of the championship after she played an influential role in her team’s grand slam campaign.

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Shane Fitzsimmons, Andrew Denton, Craig Foster, Grace Brennan nominated for NSW 2021 Australian of the Year Award | Goulburn Post

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Former NSW Fire Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons and #buyfromthebush founder Grace Brennan are nominated alongside TV presenter Andrew Denton and ex-Socceroo Craig Foster for the NSW Australian of the Year Award for 2021. They are among 16 community achievers in the running to be named the state’s next Local Hero, Young Australian, Senior Australian or Australian of the Year. Mr Fitzsimmons, now the leader of Resilience NSW, guided the state-wide response to the devastating Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20. “Working long hours, he informed and calmed the public in daily press conferences, liaised with government leaders and provided comfort to colleagues and family members of firefighters who lost their lives in service to others,” his NSW Australian of the Year nomination reads. Mr Fitzsimmons joined the NSW Rural Fire Service as a volunteer in 1985, following in the footsteps of his father George, a full-time firefighter who died in an out-of-control hazard reduction burn in 2000. Ms Brennan, a self-employed mum living in Warren in central-west NSW, launched the social media campaign #buyfromthebush in 2019 to connect city consumers with small businesses in rural communities hit hard by drought. Mr Denton is nominated for his advocacy for voluntary assisted dying, a cause close to his heart since the slow and painful death of his father Kit Denton in 1997. The TV presenter established the organisation Go Gentle Australia, which helps people with terminal illnesses and their families, and presents the podcast series Better Off Dead, which explores the issues of death and dying and the moral arguments on both sides of the voluntary assisted dying debate. Mr Foster, SBS TV presenter and former Socceroo, has been nominated for his leadership in campaigning for human rights for refugees and asylum seekers. The Senior Australian of the Year nominees include Newcastle’s 93-year-old Doug Cameron, founding member of Guide Dogs NSW-ACT, and Wagga Wagga’s 88-year-old Isabel Reid, a Wiradjuri elder and Stolen Generation advocate. In the running to receive the Young Australian of the Year Award for NSW are world champion dragon boater Isabella Bain, who is nominated for her work developing data modelling to help clinicians treat COVID-19, and pilot and Invictus Games gold medallist Nathan Parker, the first upper-limb amputee in the Australian Defence Force Academy’s history to complete his final 12 months and graduate. NSW Local Hero category nominees include Kenyan-born Rosemary Kariuki, the multicultural community liaison officer for the Parramatta Police, who is recognised for her advocacy work for migrant and refugee women, and Lana Masterson, who runs Down The Track, a coaching and work program based in Lake Cargelligo that helps disadvantaged young people in the state’s central-west. The NSW nominees are among 128 people being recognised across all states and territories as part of the annual awards program, which began in 1960. The NSW award recipients will be announced at a ceremony at Sydney’s Luna Park on the evening of Monday, November 9. The presentation will be livestreamed on this website. All state and territory category winners go on to be finalists in the national awards, which will be announced on 25 January, 2021. National Australia Day Council CEO Karlie Brand said the achievements of the NSW nominees showed the diversity of contributions across the state. “The people of NSW can be very proud of their award nominees – they are an exceptional group of people doing amazing things,” Ms Brand said. “Their efforts and achievements remind us that greatness comes in many forms.” The 2021 nominees for NSW are: Grace Brennan – Founder of #buyfromthebush Andrew Denton – Advocate for dying Australians Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons – Former NSW Fire Commissioner and leader of Resilience NSW Craig Foster – Human rights and refugee ambassador Doug Cameron – Founding member of Guide Dogs NSW-ACT and philanthropist George Chapman – Volunteer Isabel Reid – Elder and advocate for the Stolen Generation Professor Neil Weste – Engineer, inventor and technologist Isabella Bain – User Experience Designer, co-founder of Ambient & Co, world champion athlete Joseph Bennett – Founder of Foster the Future Bronte Hendricks – Disability advocate Nathan Parker – Pilot, Invictus Games gold medallist Louise Hardman – Scientist, innovator and waste-free plastics educator Suzanne Hopman – CEO of Dignity Ltd and homelessness advocate Rosemary Kariuki – Advocate for migrant and refugee women Lana Masterson – Runs youth program Down The Track The following biographies and photographs of the 2021 Australian of the Year nominees from NSW have been supplied by the organisers of the annual awards, the National Australia Day Council. Grace Brennan (aged 36) – Founder of #buyfromthebush In 2019, drought in New South Wales was devastating rural livelihoods and communities. In response, rural-dwelling, self-employed mum Grace Brennan started a social media campaign, #buyfromthebush. Inspired by her friend Nicky’s desire to have a ‘buy from the bush’ themed Kris Kringle, the idea was to connect city consumers with rural small businesses. Within six weeks, business owners using #buyfromthebush saw their average revenues skyrocket by 660 per cent – even before the traditional Christmas rush. Four months later, the initiative had generated $5 million in revenue for bush-based businesses selling art, fashion, food, homewares, jewellery and services. Increased sales led to 21 per cent of businesses hiring new staff. Businesses ran out of stock, some started exporting for the first time, and struggling Australia Post franchises were revitalised by increased orders. Meanwhile, 90 per cent of business owners reported a better quality of life. Now promoting businesses from rural communities across Australia, Grace’s #buyfromthebush initiative has created stronger, more empathetic connections between rural and urban Australia. Andrew Denton (aged 60) – TV presenter and advocate for dying Australians In 1997, Andrew Denton witnessed the slow, painful death of his father Kit Denton. Determined to help others avoid this suffering, Andrew has led an intellectually rigorous debate in Australia about death and dying. Drawing on his love for stories and 30-plus years in the media, Andrew has campaigned to introduce compassionate laws around voluntary assisted dying (VAD) that provide protections for the vulnerable. His ground-breaking podcast series, Better Off Dead, covers the personal stories, moral arguments on both sides, and legislation from countries with VAD laws. He formed the organisation Go Gentle Australia to help Australians with untreatable or terminal illnesses, as well as their families and carers. Andrew’s campaign for a VAD law in South Australia in 2016 was narrowly defeated by one vote. He led successful advocacy campaigns to introduce VAD laws in Victoria in 2017 and in Western Australia in 2019. Andrew is determined to keep advocating until all Australians have access to VAD. Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons (aged 51) – Former NSW fire commissioner and leader of Resilience NSW In the terrifying 2019/20 bushfire season, Australians were reassured by the exemplary leadership and empathetic presence of then NSW Fire Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons. Shane began as a volunteer with NSW RFS in 1985, in the footsteps of his father George – a full-time firefighter who was tragically killed in an out-of-control hazard reduction burn in 2000. In 1994, Shane joined the NSW RFS full-time, working in a range of leadership positions before being endorsed as the organisation’s commissioner in 2007 – a role he held for 12 years. In 2019/20, Shane guided a state-wide response including a 74,000-strong crew of mostly volunteers through one of Australia’s worst fire seasons. Working long hours, he informed and calmed the public in daily press conferences, liaised with government leaders and provided comfort to colleagues and family members of firefighters who lost their lives in service to others. Craig Foster (aged 51) – Human rights and refugee ambassador Former Socceroo Craig Foster is a passionate advocate for multiculturalism, refugees and social equality as a member of the Australian Multicultural Council and 18 year, multi Logie-winning broadcast veteran with SBS Television. Craig was the driving force behind the successful campaign to release footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who was imprisoned in Thailand in 2018. Craig united and led a global coalition of advocacy groups, charities, high profile Australians and sport to free the footballer. The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) acknowledged his leadership. In 2019, Craig travelled to Port Moresby to meet with refugees and asylum seekers still detained in Papua New Guinea and Nauru to bring attention to their plight. Craig also founded the #PlayForLives campaign during COVID-19 disruptions. With a strong conviction that the sporting community should give back to society, he encourages professional athletes and organisations to fill vacant volunteering positions in community organisations. Doug Cameron (aged 93) – Philanthropist and founding member of Guide Dogs NSW-ACT In 1956, Apex member Doug Cameron voted to introduce guide dogs as an Australia-wide project for the organisation’s 16,000 members. He then set about bringing Guide Dogs NSW-ACT to life, initially using his Manly accounting practice as its headquarters. As honorary secretary, Doug continued to actively support and donate to Guide Dogs NSW-ACT until it had enough support to hire staff and move to new premises – all while heading a busy Sydney accountancy firm. He remained an active supporter and donor for the organisation and was appointed a life member of Guide Dogs NSW-ACT in 2011. Doug and his wife Elaine donated $1 million to fund the fit-out and initial rental costs of the Guide Dogs NSW-ACT Centre for Eye Health at Parramatta. Named the Cameron Centre in Doug’s honour, it provides eye ailment prevention and peer and community support for sight-impaired people in Sydney’s west. Doug, 93, and Elaine now live in Newcastle where Doug continues his links with Apex. George Chapman (aged 81) – Volunteer Since the 1970s, George Chapman has volunteered his time and energy in service of others. As a member of the Royal Volunteer Coast Guard, George helped rescue people on Sydney Harbour. In the early 1980s, George organised bikeathons from Warren NSW to Canberra and Sydney, raising much-needed funds for Warren Central School. In the 1990s, George was a volunteer member for St John’s Ambulance. He attended to people at sporting events and at local Royal Agricultural Shows in the central west of NSW, and during bushfires in the Blue Mountains. On a trip to Singapore, he noticed defibrillators on every street corner. Returning to his home town of Dubbo, he campaigned for defibrillators in the city. He raised enough money from community groups to buy and install 150 defibrillators in high-traffic areas. Since 1994, George has volunteered and taught first aid for Australian Red Cross in Western NSW and beyond. Isabel Reid (aged 88) – Elder and advocate for the Stolen Generation Born in 1932, Isabel Reid is the oldest living survivor of the Stolen Generation – children who were forcibly removed from their families because they were Aboriginal. Isabel, her sister Betty and brother Jack were taken on the way home from school. Their parents had no idea what had happened to them. Isabel and Betty were sent to the Cootamundra Domestic Training Home, becoming domestic servants with their wages paid to the NSW Government. As an Elder of the Wiradjuri people, Isabel has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the Stolen Generation to help prevent it from happening again. In 2013, she was made an inaugural director of the Coota Girls Aboriginal Corporation, and in 2016, she was appointed as an inaugural member and Chairperson of the Stolen Generations Advisory Committee. Her strong leadership was instrumental to the NSW Government offering a $74 million reparation package to those forcibly removed under the Aborigines Protection Act 1909-1969. A natural leader and outstanding public speaker, Isabel is respected and loved by all. Professor Neil Weste (aged 69) – Engineer, inventor and technologist Professor Neil Weste, a key contributor in the development of Wi-Fi, has made a significant impact in engineering excellence. From research at CSIRO and Macquarie University, Neil designed the first commercial microelectronic circuits that implemented the now ubiquitous Wi-Fi wireless networking standard. These microchips provided a way to economically carry data over a radio signal – enabling wireless computing. In 1997, he and research partner Dr David Skellern founded Radiata Communications to commercialise the technology. Throughout his career, Neil continued to demonstrate outstanding and consistent leadership at the very frontier of telecommunications and microelectronics. With 14 US patents to his name, Neil authored the textbook ‘Principles of CMOS VLSI Design’ in 1984. Now in its fourth edition, it is a bestseller as an undergraduate text and reference book in more than 600 institutions worldwide. As a member of the AusIndustry Innovation, Research and Development Board, Neil consulted in industry development policy, mentored many small Australian technology start-ups and gave lectures on innovation. Isabella Bain (aged 25) – User-experience designer, co-founder of Ambient & Co and world champion Athlete Isabella Bain is using the potential of artificial intelligence and data modelling to help clinicians treat COVID-19. Working with the Critical Care Consortium, the IBM associate design director developed a system that uses de-identified COVID-19 patient data to help clinicians identify better patient outcomes. This will be used to save lives in more than 400 intensive care units in 51 countries. Bella graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Design Computing in 2016, making the Dean’s list of excellence in academic performance. Bella co-founded design start-up Ambient & Co, which creates interactive outdoor light sculptures for festivals such as VIVID Sydney and I-Light Marina Bay in Singapore. Her work ‘1,000 Cranes’ won second-best installation for VIVID 2018 behind the Opera House. Representing Australia, Isabella has won five world champion gold medals across two international campaigns for dragon boating. One of Sydney University’s 2018 International Women’s Day ‘Women to Watch’, Bella is using her talents to create a better world. Joseph Bennett (aged 23) – Founder of Foster the Future Joseph Bennett co-founded Foster the Future, a charity which provides university tutors the opportunity to help one of Australia’s most vulnerable groups – kids in out-of-home care. With few resources and without pay, Joseph used his data science experience to build the charity. Joseph’s systems automatically match tutors and students and track students’ response to tutoring to ensure it is safe and high quality. He has helped 40 high school kids in care access individual weekly tutoring for free – all while studying for his master’s degree at Sydney University. Foster the Future has now expanded to provide online tutoring to regional kids in care. Joseph briefly spent time in out-of-home care, which affected his mental health and motivation at the time. However, he managed to graduate from high school with an ATAR of 98.80. In 2018, Joseph won the University of Sydney’s Hult Prize for his pitch to provide educational support to address high youth unemployment rates among kids in care. Bronte Hendricks (aged 24) – Disability advocate Disability worker Bronte Hendricks believes in changing preconceptions about what people with disabilities can do. Realising that young people with disabilities had few opportunities to enjoy experiences others take for granted, she co-developed Stellar Experiences with business partner Luke Muttdon. This unique tour company organises social and recreational activities for groups aged between 16 and 35 with mild to moderate disabilities and mental health conditions. Stellar Experiences provides access to common activities enjoyed by other young people. These include going to the footy or a music festival, visiting a winery, kayaking, skydiving, camping trips and even overseas adventures. The tours are safe, supportive and age-appropriate – and provide opportunities to build friendships and have fun. Bronte was drawn to working with people with disabilities since high school and has completed a Bachelor of Inclusive Education and Disability Studies. Nathan Parker (aged 25) – Pilot and Invictus Games gold medallist Nathan Parker was on the way to his dream job as a fighter pilot when a military bus accident left him badly injured and his left hand amputated. Despite his injuries, Nathan returned to civilian flying in three months, resuming military and university duties within seven months. He was the first upper-limb amputee in the Australian Defence Force Academy’s history to complete his final 12 months and graduate. After completing his degree in 2017, Nathan was medically discharged in 2019 to become a commercial pilot. He works as a senior RA-Aus flying instructor in Lismore, obtaining his commercial pilot’s licence and achieving his aerobatic endorsement. A public speaker, mentor, flight instructor and now aspiring to provide joy flights for sick children, Nathan is also a gold-medal athlete. He represented Australia in the Invictus Games in Canada 2017 and Sydney 2018, winning nine medals including three gold in Sydney. He also brought home 17 medals from two USA Warrior Games. Louise Hardman (aged 50) – Scientist, innovator and waste-free plastics educator Almost 30 years ago, leading a marine turtle-tagging and research program, Louise Hardman discovered a small green turtle dying a slow, painful death from eating plastics. Sadly, the turtle didn’t survive – but it inspired Louise to tackle plastic waste. She founded Plastic Collective, a social enterprise to stop plastics entering the oceans. With the green turtle as part of its logo, Plastic Collective is changing the way people think about plastic. Louise is an expert in grassroots community engagement, the chemistry of plastics and the circular economy. She invented the Shruder – a mobile recycling machine that shreds and extrudes plastic on site. Using the Shruder and Louise’s Working with Plastics Program, communities are transforming plastic waste into products for local needs and generating revenue through selling processed plastic shred. Louise regularly speaks at international conferences and events about addressing the global plastic waste epidemic. Suzanne Hopman (aged 49) – CEO of Dignity Ltd and homelessness advocate In 2015, frustrated by the lack of dignity shown to people experiencing homelessness, Suzanne Hopman developed a housing solution with a difference. Believing the only way to end homelessness was by focusing on one person at a time, she created Dignity. Suzanne’s model is backed by research, is specialist led and data driven, and aims to get people out of homelessness within 14 days. Dignity provides 22 guest homes, complete with home-cooked food prepared by volunteers, new clothing and a support worker. The organisation delivers fresh fruit and vegetables to people at risk of homelessness. It also works with schools, organisations and communities to help change negative attitudes. Suzanne also created Dignity studios – longer-term intergenerational accommodation – where residents share skills, support each other and have access to case workers. Suzanne sold her own home to open the first Dignity house. In 2019, Dignity won the Telstra Social Change Maker and the Australian Business of the Year awards. Rosemary Kariuki (aged 60) – Advocate for migrant and refugee women Rosemary Kariuki is the multicultural community liaison officer for the Parramatta Police. She specialises in helping migrants who are facing domestic violence, language barriers and financial distress. Fleeing Kenya alone in 1999 to escape family abuse and tribal clashes, her early years in Australia were terribly lonely. Her experience helped Rosemary recognise that isolation is a huge issue for many migrant women. Many aren’t used to going out alone, have no transport and speak little or no English. So Rosemary devised ways to help women leave their house and meet women in similar circumstances. In partnership with the African Women’s Group, she helped start the African Women’s Dinner Dance. Now in its 14th year, more than 400 women attend the annual event. She also started the African Village Market – a program to help migrants and refugees start their own businesses – which ran for four years. Rosemary’s warmth, courage and kindness inspire all who meet her. Her work was the subject of the documentary ‘Rosemary’s Way’. Lana Masterson (aged 30) – Runs youth program Down The Track Lana Masterson runs Down The Track, an innovative and lifesaving youth program based in Lake Cargelligo, Central West NSW. Down The Track targets the region’s most marginalised young people, mainly aged between 10 and 20. More than 90 per cent are Indigenous and all live in the drought-ravaged, under-resourced region and face family violence, suicide, unemployment, homelessness and poor mental health. Almost single-handedly and with compassion, dedication and care, Lana has united police, teachers, politicians, businesses and Elders to keep kids alive, out of jail and thriving. Lana’s Down The Track program provides mentorship, practical education, training, employment and wellbeing support. It has allowed young people to gain skills, participate in social enterprise, become work ready and re-engage in their community. Since the program’s 2016 inception, youth crime has fallen significantly. Just as importantly, it has created a connection between all involved and given young people a sense of worth. Humble and tenacious, Lana’s commitment is total and her door always open to youth in need. For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards, visit

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Cameron Smith Smith wins eighth Storm player of the year award

Lumelume earned three first-grade games and looks a leading prospect to replace either Suliasi Vunivalu (Rugby Australia) or Josh Addo-Carr (going home to Sydney) who are leaving the club.

Storm fullback and Clive Churchill Medal winner Ryan Papenhuyzen won the members’ player of the year while centre Justin Olam was named most improved player at the club awards ceremony which they hosted at their Sunshine Coast resort on Tuesday night.

Young prop Tino Fa’asuamaleaui was rewarded for his rise into the Queensland state of origin squad by being named Billy Slater rookie of the year after playing every game bar one while utility forward Brandon Smith won the best forward award.

Strength coach Dan Di Pasqua won the Mick Moore club person of the year award, a highly-prized honour within the Storm.

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Oxley and Stirling wins Australia’s top residential development award

Oxley and Stirling has been named Australia’s best residential tower.

A Brisbane residential tower that operates like a five-star hotel has been named Australia’s Best Residential Development at a national award ceremony.

Oxley and Stirling by the ARIA Property Group at South Brisbane was one of four Queensland projects to be honoured at the Property Council of Australia’s Innovation and Excellence Awards on Thursday night.

Oxley and Stirling at South Brisbane won the Avenor Award for Best Residential Development.

Novotel Brisbane at South Bank was named the best Tourism and Leisure Development.

Novotel Brisbane South Bank won the Pure Projects Award for Best Tourism and Leisure Development.


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Queensland’s first commercial timber tower, 45 King, at Bowen Hills won the Development Innovation Award.

25 King by Lendlease won the Procore Award for Development Innovation.

25 King at Bowen Hills under construction.

And the Logan-based retirement community Ingenia Lifestyles Chambers Pines won the Affordable Housing Development Award for allowing residents to buy a house and lease the land that it’s built on to reduce costs.

Ingenia Lifestyles Chamber Pines in Logan won the Growthbuilt Award for Best Affordable Housing Development.

While the Future Leader of the Year award was given to Daniel Burke of Turner and Townsend for his commitment to delivering better health, education and employment infrastructure for rural and regional communities.

One of the many projects Daniel Burke has overseen.

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Award partner and property consultants Rider Levett Bucknall said the Australian property industry generated 13 per cent of the nation’s GDP, providing jobs for more than 1.4 million Australians.

But the Queensland division of the Property Council of Australia said the retreat of investors from the inner city was having a detrimental effect on the number of new projects being planned with only four new developments expected to launch before the end of the year.

“If we are to continue to see amazing quality developments like Oxley and Stirling we really need to focus on what some of the stimulus measures will look like,” PCA Queensland deputy executive director Jen Williams said.

“The Federal Government’s HomeBuilder grant was amazing at stimulating activity but that market has shifted to the house and land market. What we need now is some sort of stimulus in the multi-residential market.”

The 219-apartment Oxley and Stirling complex, from ARIA Property Group, has been a pioneer in 21st-century inner-city apartment living since it opened in 2018. The 15 level development has skygardens, a concierge, private trainers and a penthouse that has been gifted to residents to provide cinema, dining and indoor and outdoor fitness centres.

“One of our goals is to redefine apartment living in Australia to the point where all the things you would otherwise give up by going from a house to a unit, in an ARIA building you don’t have to give up,” ARIA Property Group development director Michael Hurley said.

Watch out for more awards on Friday night when the Queensland Master Builders Association and Housing Industry Australia hold their awards night.

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