Australia Day

26 January 2015

88 days to go

NT Australian of the Year Awards

The 2014 NT Australian of the Year Awards were announced in Darwin on Thursday 7 November 2013 at the Darwin Convention Centre. These awards celebrate the achievements of some great Territorians.


Shellie Morris - Australian

One of Australia’s finest Indigenous singer-songwriters, Shellie Morris has performed everywhere from the world’s concert stages to campfires in Australia’s remotest communities.  Shellie uses music as a healing and sharing experience and has delivered music workshops to more than 80 communities. Her most recent album is the first by an Indigenous contemporary female to be sung entirely in the Indigenous languages of the Gulf Country.


Klaus Helms - Senior Australian

A Nhulunbuy veteran, Klaus Helms has established strong relationships with the Yolngu people, and is focused on developing sustainable industry through harnessing the natural resources of North East Arnhem Land.  Klaus has been instrumental in establishing projects such as cattle farming, meat production, timber mills and fishing operations to reduce the cost of living in the communities.



Emily Osborne - Young Australian

Emily Osborne is a passionate advocate for young carers, and has represented Nhulunbuy on the Chief Minister’s Round Table – all while being school captain at Nhulunbuy High School.  Emily has also led a community-based project focused on youth suicide, which culminated in a community Suicide Prevention Day in her town. 



Nicole Gallas - Local Hero

After many years of suffering from depression, Nicole Gallas decided to bring mental health out from the shadows.  In 2013, Nicky embarked on an extraordinary journey, which she named No More Excuses, walking the whopping 1,600 kilometres from Alice Springs to Adelaide to raise money and awareness for rural mental health.