When Patrick Connor saw a man trapped in a car in a river after a road smash, he didnít hesitate - even though he couldnít swim. The 47-year-old from Howrah raced fully clothed into the water, forced open a door and dragged the badly injured man to safety as the car sank. With the man on his shoulders he then struggled back to the riverbank with the help of onlookers.
When Anthony Young was lifted from a rock crusher at a New Town brick factory in September last year, after being trapped for two hours, his injuries were horrific and one leg had to be amputated. What followed as Anthony slowly recovered was a display of courage, strength and determination that has made the 25-year-old an inspiration to all who know him.
When Greg Irons is not toiling at Bonorong Wildlife Park, which he owns, he is teaching others how to care for, manage and conserve our native animals. As part of his dedication to the cause, he established the wildlife rescue organisation Friends of Carers, which now has well over 100 members ready at a momentís notice to rescue an animal in distress.
The community of suburban Goodwood has Donna Cowen to thank for many positive changes since she moved there 23 years ago. From campaigns to make the local streets safer, to volunteering at the community centre and school and working with young people, the Queen of Goodwood, as she is affectionately called has made her mark - and the place is better for it.
Angela Pate arrived in Australia from Belfast, aged 8, into a tough life as a teenager and a young mother in Tasmania. From that challenging background she has triumphed over many adversities and hardships and is giving back to her own community what she was not able to receive, particularly in her role as youth participation officer at the Glenorchy City Council.
Inside the classroom at Geilston Bay High School and at home, teacher Megan Gunn gives 100 per cent. This single mother of three - one of whom needs around-the-clock care - helps her students tackle the daily challenges of life and is widely admired for her work with Anglicareís peer mentoring program, her creative and entertaining approach to teaching, and for the respect she receives from her students.
St Helens Marine Rescue provided a vital service on the East Coast and Ian Hollingsworth is at the heart of what makes it tick - not just as an administrator but in the dangerous job watching over the treacherous barway at the entrance to Georges Bay. He has put himself at risk many times escorting boats across the bar or on rescue missions that have saved lives.
When she co-founded the Appin Hall respite centre in Tasmaniaís north-west Maggie Burns had left behind a successful career as a dancer, choreographer and events organiser to dedicate herself to helping seriously ill and disadvantaged children and their families. Appin Hall, driven by Maggieís unwavering enthusiasm, has grown into a nationally recognised organisation.
This bright, hardworking 22-year-old Hobart teacher lives with a rare, incurable but treatable cancer. As president of CanTeen, the support group for young people with cancer she is all about can-do - in life, in work and in raising awareness of teenagers battling cancer as she does. Donít give me a hug, she says. Give me a high five and say Iím doing a good job.
Two years ago, when he was just four, Luke Holloway saved his mum after she was run over by her own car while trying to free it from mud on the family property at Bagdad. Luke stopped the car with the handbrake, grabbed his motherís mobile phone and ran to her. Although unable to move, she rang for help. Luke then comforted her and his younger sister until an ambulance arrived.