In­spir­ing sto­ries of award fi­nal­ists

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News -

MOUNTAINEER Steven Plain could tonight be named the next WA Aus­tralian of the Year.

The Bur­swood res­i­dent suf­fered a lifethreat­en­ing spinal in­jury in 2014 but was in­spired in his re­cov­ery to climb the high­est moun­tains on seven con­ti­nents in­side four months.

Mr Plain is one of four peo­ple un­der con­sid­er­a­tion for the award, which will be an­nounced tonight at a cer­e­mony at Govern­ment House.

So­cial jus­tice ad­vo­cate Mervyn Eades, of Bel­mont, could be WA’s Lo­cal Hero for 2019.

Mr Eades is the founder of Ngalla Maya Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion, a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that ac­tively pre­vents re­cidi­vism and sui­cide.

He turned his own life as pris­oner around and is now in­spir­ing oth­ers to do the same through train­ing, em­ploy­ment and life skills.

WA’s Young Aus­tralian of the Year and Se­nior Aus­tralian of the Year will also be an­nounced tonight.

The four State win­ners will rep­re­sent WA in Can­berra on Jan­uary 25 for the na­tional awards.

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