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Twiggy Forrest WA's Australian of the Year

AAP logoAAP 20/11/2016

Billionaire Fortescue Metals founder and anti-slavery advocate Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest has been named WA's Australian of the Year for 2017.

Peter Kenyon, 65, whose organisation Bank of IDEAS works in many countries to help communities stimulate economic strategies, is WA's Senior Australian of the Year.

The state's Young Australian of the Year is 24-year-old Abdullahi Alim, a Stanford University student and Somali refugee who runs fast-paced 'hackathons' for bright young innovators.

A senior Bunuba woman from Fitzroy Crossing, June Oscar, earned the title of WA Local Hero for her work as an anti-alcohol activist, which began with securing alcohol restrictions in her community in 2007.

The four are now finalists for the national awards, which will be announced in Canberra on January 25.

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