2021 Victorian Local Hero nominees

Tenille Bull, whose online platform, It's my shout raised money for small businesses devastated by fire, and lots of tourism in East Gippsland.

It's my shout allowed people to donate to local businesses by purchasing virtual products.

In eight weeks, It's my shout raised more than $140,000 with all funds going directly to the businesses involved to Tenille 's ability to listen to others lifted the spirits of many locals traumatised by the fires, her generosity and enthusiasm in the face of adversity, is an inspiration to all.

Matthew Charles-Jones instigator of the community renewable energy group, Totally Renewable Yackandandah, or TRY. TRY’s goal is to sustain energy sovereignty for Yackandandah by 2022, a goal well within sight.

With Matthew's leadership, Yackandandah now has among the highest densities of rooftop solar in Australia.

The town has installed solar systems on all its major institutional buildings, and a mini grid to create a truly interdependent power supply.

Matthew regularly shares TRY’s journey with other communities, inspiring them to also reach for 100% renewable energy.

Nathan Rogers, a form of volunteer firefighter, whose organisation provides a bushfire preparedness and recovery support to elderly, injured and disabled community members.

The bushfire Foundation's volunteer team helps vulnerable people by cutting grass, cleaning gutters, removing rubbish, installing fire pumps and building fire breaks.

The foundation also helps with bushfire recovery, helping clean up damaged properties and delivering animal feed.

In the 2019-2020 bushfires, Nathan's appeal for bushfire victims in South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria raised more than $85,000, and has distributed around $55,000.

Dr Kirby white, a Bendigo GP, who co-founded gowns for doctors with colleague, Dr. Nicole Townsend.

When their clinic supply of disposable gowns ran out in the third week of the COVID 19 outbreak, they created a gown that could be laundered and reused and Gowns for doctors was born.

Kirby raised more than $40,000 to fund the initiative, then engage local volunteers and commercial textile companies to make the gowns.

They've created 5200 gowns supplying more than 750 Regional GP clinics with these essential garments.

Reviewed 24 February 2021