Nominations for the 2009 Australian of the Year Awards are now open. If you know someone you believe is worthy of nomination, or you would like to learn more about the awards, visit the Australian of the Year website for details. Nominations close midnight Sunday 31 August 2008.
The 2008 Australian of the Year, Lee Kernaghan, is a country music legend who was born in the country town of Corryong in Victoria.
Kernaghan is the Patron of rural community assistance organisation, Aussie Helpers, whose main role is assisting families suffering from the ongoing drought.
If you would like to make a donation to Aussie Helpers, or want to learn more about their initiatives, visit the Aussie Helpers website for more information.
Corryong - picture: Darren Stones
Australia Rock - picture: Darren Stones
Australian of the Year Awards 2009 - 30 second commercial