Recog­nise a hero of your lo­cal com­mu­nity to­day

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE -

INCREDIBLE courage, over­whelm­ing com­mu­nity spirit, in­spi­ra­tional teach­ers and com­pas­sion­ate car­ers — the Pride Of Aus­tralia Medal has it all.

The 2016 Pride Of Aus­tralia nom­i­na­tion pe­riod is now open and the awards are sure to un­earth more or­di­nary Aus­tralians who are do­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary things in our midst.

Pre­sented by the Daily Tele­graph, Sun­day Tele­graph and NewsLo­cal, and sup­ported by Clubs NSW, the Pride Of Aus­tralia Medal recog­nises un­sung heroes.

Whether it be a neigh­bour down the street who has saved a life with a re­mark­able act of brav­ery, or emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel who put their lives in harm’s way every day to pro­tect us all, or the teach­ers who go above and be­yond to en­sure the wel­fare of the stu­dents, Pride Of Aus­tralia re­wards their con­tri­bu­tion to so­ci­ety.

Peo­ple such as blind Oakhurst teenager Con­nor McLeod who won a Pride of Aus­tralia medal last year for con­vinc­ing the Re­serve Bank to com­mis­sion new tac­tile bank notes that could be iden­ti­fied by the vis­ually im­paired.

He be­gan cam­paign­ing in 2012 when he was un­able to recog­nise how much he had re­ceived as a Christ­mas gift.

Con­nor’s per­se­ver­ance paid off last week when a new $5 bill was is­sued with a raised dot on the note. Even­tu­ally all bank notes will have a dif­fer­ent num­ber of dots ac­cord­ing to their de­nom­i­na­tion.

“If I come across some­thing that doesn’t sound right, I like to do some­thing about it rather than just com­plain,” Con­nor said.

Early nom­i­nees for this year’s awards are surf life­savers Ja­son O’Don­nell and Scott Bal­four. They braved 6m waves on the North Coast to pull a man from the surf.

This year, eight win­ners will be an­nounced at a cer­e­mony on De­cem­ber 1 and all will be part of a Na­tional Pride of Aus­tralia mag­a­zine to be pub­lished in Jan­uary.

Win­ners are grin­ners, Con­nor McLeod with mum Ally.

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