Morcombes Qld Aussies of the Year

BRUCE and Denise Morcombe have won the Queensland Australian of the Year award for their work in raising child safety awareness through the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.

On Thursday night, Premier Anna Bligh congratulated the Queensland recipients of the 2012 Australian of the Year Awards.

Premier Bligh said the recipients represented the best of Queensland.

"The Queensland Australians of the Year - Bruce and Denise Morcombe - have experienced more heartache than any parent should ever have to endure.

"But they used their love for their son Daniel to educate children and families across Queensland about child safety.

"Their work is truly amazing and inspiring.''

There are four categories in the prestigious awards program: Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero.

The Queensland award recipients are:

  • Australian of the Year: Bruce and Denise Morcombe for their work in raising child safety awareness through the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.
  • Senior Australian of the Year: David Williamson AO for his work in enhancing the arts and entertaining all Australians as a successful playwright.
  • Young Australian of the Year: Chris Raine for his contribution to helping change the drinking culture among young Australians through his organisation Hello Sunday Morning.
  • Local Hero: Doug Hislop for his act of bravery in saving lives during the Queensland floods.

Ms Bligh said: "These awards are a great honour, and I congratulate all of our finalists and recipients for their commitment and contribution to the State of Queensland.

"Their strong sense of community and willingness to act is a trait to be celebrated and recognised," said Premier Bligh.

The Queensland award recipients will join recipients from other states and territories as finalists for the national awards.

The national awards will be announced by The Honourable Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia in Canberra on 25 January 2012. 

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