The finalists for the 2018 Honour Awards have been announced, with Pauline Pantsdown a.k.a Simon Hunt, Robyn Kennedy and many more community heroes shortlisted.

ACON’s not-for-profit awards gala is also a fundraising event for the community health organisation.

Nominations for this year’s awards closed on August 12.

Four finalists have been selected in each category, which range from the Community Hero Award to the Business Award.

Hunt was nominated in the Media Award category, with Kennedy nominated for Community Hero alongside Sue Thompson, Peta Friend and Shane Brown.

First held in 2007, the Honour Awards will be handed out on October 3 at The Ivy Ballroom in Sydney.

“Selecting the finalists was an extremely difficult process for the panel, because the achievements and contributions to our communities of all the nominees had each been noteworthy in their own way,” ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said.

“The calibre of nominees for Community Hero and Community Organisation were particularly outstanding with judges spending a great deal of time in deliberation.

“I’d like to thank all the judges who were extremely diligent when selecting these finalists; it was certainly no easy task,” said Parkhill.

Read the full list of nominees below.

COMMUNITY HERO

  • Sue Thompson
  • Peta Friend
  • Robyn Kennedy
  • Shane Brown

YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD

  • Kamalika Dasgupta
  • Matt Yeldham
  • Joshua Goyne
  • Bayvick Lawrence

HIV HERO

  • Alison Kincaid
  • AIDS Dementia and HIV Psychiatry Service (ADAHPS)
  • David Crawford
  • Elizabeth Griggs

COMMUNITY ORGANISATION

  • Hay Mardi Gras
  • The Equality Campaign
  • Trans Sydney Pride
  • Human Rights Law Centre

HEALTH & WELLBEING 

  • HIV/AIDS Legal Centre
  • Penny Gulliver
  • Dr Allison Bielawski
  • Sydney Queer Muslims

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT AWARD

  • Adrian Wills
  • Maeve Marsden
  • Riot
  • Mark Trevorrow

MEDIA AWARD 

  • Benedict Brook
  • Dr Shirleene Robinson
  • Simon Hunt
  • Jason Om

BUSINESS AWARD

  • Belloccio Restaurant
  • Sax Fetish
  • Jonny Bastin
  • 357 Sydney City Steam

For more information on this year’s finalists, head to the Honour Awards website.

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