NT AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2017 FINALISTS
- Australian of the Year: Andrea Mason
The indigenous leader is working to empower women and tackle domestic violence in some of Australia's most remote communities.
As Chief Executive of the Ngaanyatarra, Pitjantatjara and Yankuntjatjara Women's Council, Ms Mason works across a 350,000 square kilometre stretch of central Australia to create employment and support health and wellbeing.
The 2016 Australian Businesswoman of the Year integrates her corporate acumen into traditional cultural practices through innovative social enterprises.
- Young Australian of the Year: Bridie Duggan
Rocked by the suicide of a close friend in her hometown of Katherine, the life coach raised $27,000 for the Livin Foundation to tackle mental illness.
Ms Duggan is also a personal trainer who has devoted countless volunteer hours to help community members lose weight and gain self-esteem, while also instructing fitness classes for children with autism.
- Senior Australian of the Year: Sister Anne Gardiner
In the 63 years since moving to Bathurst Island as a member of the Little Sisters of the Order of the Sacred Heart, Sister Gardiner has worked tirelessly to support the Tiwi community.
Since her retirement as principal of the local primary school, Sister Gardiner has helped establish the Patakajiyali museum where Tiwi history, culture and language can be preserved for future generations.
- Local Hero: Tejinder Pal Singh
For the past four years the taxi driver has dedicated the last Sunday of each month preparing 80 kilograms of vegetarian curry to feed Darwin's needy.
After being racially abused when his family first arrived from the Punjab region in 2006, Mr Singh decided to increase awareness of Sikhs.
A strong anti-racism campaigner, Mr Singh funds the monthly feast from his own pocket in the hopes of breaking down negative prejudice associated with turbans.