Nate’s mum for local hero

Campaigner Stacy Dunbar.
Campaigner Stacy Dunbar.

MERRIWA mother Stacy Dunbar is a local hero finalist for the 2015 WA Australian of the Year awards.

Her eight-month-old son Nate died while sleeping in his cot when a drunk driver crashed through his bedroom in January last year.

The National Australia Day Council announced finalists on Saturday, October 18, with Mrs Dunbar nominated for her campaign to stop people from getting behind the wheel when they have had too much to drink.

‘The Pledge for Nate campaign attracted the support of sports people and celebrities and more than 8000 people promised not to drink and drive over the 2013 Christmas period, contributing to the state recording its lowest rate of drink driving offences in more than 60 years,’ a NADC statement said.

‘Stacy has become a strong advocate for improving road safety and is working with politicians and local councils to erect crash barriers at dangerous intersections.

‘In the face of great loss, Stacy showed tremendous courage and dignity and responded to a terrible tragedy with unswerving commitment to make her community a safer place to live.’

Wheelchairs for Kids volunteers Thomas Oliver Pickett and Gordon Hudson are joint finalists.