Twiggy does WA proud

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

COTTES­LOE res­i­dent An­drew For­rest was named WA Aus­tralian of the Year at Gov­ern­ment House on Sun­day for his phi­lan­thropy and anti-slav­ery work.

Mr For­rest, who founded Fortes­cue Met­als Group, was recog­nised by Gover­nor Kerry Sanderson and Premier Colin Bar­nett for de­vot­ing his en­ergy to so­ci­ety’s most vul­ner­a­ble, work­ing to high­light Aus­tralia’s indige­nous dis­par­ity and draw­ing at­ten­tion to lib­er­at­ing 45.8 mil­lion peo­ple trapped in mod­ern slav­ery around the world.

Fortes­cue Met­als Group is one of Aus­tralia’s largest en­gagers of Abo­rig­i­nal busi­nesses and em­ployer of Abo­rig­i­nal work­ers.

Mr For­rest served on the Global Cit­i­zen­ship Com­mis­sion to re­fresh the 1948 Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights for the United Na­tions and is con­sid­ered one of Aus­tralia’s great­est phi­lan­thropists, business lead­ers and change agents.

Other win­ners in­cluded Peter Kenyon (WA Se­nior Aus­tralian of the Year), Ab­dul­lahi Alim (WA Young Aus­tralian of the Year) and June Os­car (WA Lo­cal Hero).

WA award re­cip­i­ents are now fi­nal­ists for the na­tional awards to be an­nounced on Jan­uary 25.

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