NSW Australians of the Year to Visit UNE

Published 28 March 2013

The University of New England will be hosting a visit by Australia’s Local Hero Shane Phillips, NSW Young Australian of the Year Corey Payne and the NSW Senior Australian of the Year Ron Allum on Monday 8 April 2013.

The visit, titled the Tour of Honour, will enable the recipients of one of our nation’s most prestigious awards program to meet with university students and staff to share their stories and inspire national pride. The one hour Q&A session (11.45am-12.45pm) will allow students and staff an opportunity to listen to and ask questions of these great Australians.

Shane Phillips has dedicated much of his life to working with young people in child protection, juvenile justice and the law. Currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Tribal Warrior Association Inc, the organisation is passionate about providing quality training for employment skills, empowering youth and extending practical support by distributing food and groceries to struggling families. 

“I was humbled to be named the 2013 Australia’s Local Hero, because there are so many people who deserve this award,” said Shane Phillips.  “I’m particularly excited about the Tour of Honour throughout NSW because it will give me an opportunity to speak directly with young Australians in regional communities about the importance of supporting one another.”

Young Australian of the Year, Corey Payne, shares a similar passion for improving the lives of  young people and believes a visit to the area will provide a great opportunity to learn more about the regional and rural challenges that are faced by young people in securing equal educational opportunities.

“I am honoured to be Australia’s Local Hero for 2013, because I am representing the thousands of Australians who work hard every day to make the lives of their community better in their own special way,” said Shane Phillips.

To register your intent to attend (and to assist with seating), please email events@une.edu.au