Burswood: Mountain climbing hero could be WA’s 2019 Australian of the Year

Steve Plain in climbing gear.
Steve Plain in climbing gear.

EXTRAORDINARY mountaineer Steven Plain is one of four people in contention to be the next Western Australian Australian of the Year.

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

The decision of WA’s next Australian of the Year is one of four representative awards that will be announced on Tuesday at Government House.

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

The founder of Ngalla Maya Aboriginal Corporation, a not-for-profit organisation that actively prevents recidivism and suicide, turned his own life as prisoner around and is now inspiring others to do the same through training, employment and life skills.

WA candidates for Young Australian of the Year and Senior Australian of the Year will also be confirmed at the Government House ceremony.

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