Good Weekend’s 40 Australians Who Mattered 2020: the local heroes who rose above the pack

Not every single entrant this year is homegrown, but they’re all certainly local heroes.Credit:

Editor's Letter

Who mattered in 2020? As Amanda Hooton writes in today’s second annual “Who Mattered” issue, we all did. When I look back at the stories we’ve run in this, a year unlike any other, it’s clear how many of them celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Like the volunteer firefighters who risked their lives to save humans and homes over summer; and the health workers who similarly worked through exhaustion, for our collective sakes, when COVID-19 struck. It was a year in which random acts of kindness seemed to proliferate, too, and a time when scientists, typically far from the public eye, were celebrated.

There were some who rose above the pack to deserve special mention, and it is they who are the subjects of this year’s lists, which span 10 categories, from health and science to sport, film & TV, and social media; from business, politics and social justice to the environment and food. Not everyone on the lists are homegrown (hello, Sam Neill), but they’re all certainly local heroes, and most importantly, ones we want to claim as our own.

– Katrina Strickland

Health and Science



Film & TV

Social Media


Social Justice



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