Western suburbs well represented in Western Australian of the Year Awards

Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)
Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

WESTERN suburbs residents and workers make up a large portion of Western Australian of the Year Award finalists.

Among those nominated are Cottesloe mining magnate Andrew Forrest and University of WA Centre for Marine Futures director Jessica Meeuwig.

“The awards are the highest honour for Western Australians and recognise those who contribute to Western Australia and their many achievements across our vast state,” Celebrate WA chair Michael Anghie said.

Previous winners have included medical researcher Dr Fiona Stanley, businessman Michael Chaney, Chief Justine Wayne Martin and cricketer Adam Gilchrist.

The 27 finalists announced on Monday cover the award’s Aboriginal, arts and culture, business, community, professions and sports categories.

Mr Forrest is a business award nominee, and Ms Meeuwig, considered one of the State’s 100-most influential people, is in the professions category.

Others from the western suburbs include Claremont-based Form Gallery director Lynda Dorrington, West Perth-based businesswoman Julie Adams, and Wembley’s Catia Malaquias in the community category.

Dalkeith resident Peter Thompson is a professions award nominee, and both Wembley resident Jan Cooper and Jolimont-based West Coast fever netballer Natalie Medhurst are sports awards contenders.

The winners will be announced on June 27 during the WA Day long weekend.