Graham Mabury’s personal and professional life has been and continues to be committed to service. In the late sixties Graham graduated from the University of Western Australia with a BA (Honours) and his Dip Ed. From a position of Acting Senior Master of Music at one of W.A.’s two specialist music schools Graham moved through secondary school teaching to special programs working with youth – designing and implementing rehabilitation programs, public speaking on youth issues and working with homeless young people.
With a notable background in public speaking, much of his work has been done through radio. Graham was presenter of Radio 6PR’s Nightline program for 33 years – something of a record for commercial radio. During this timeframe it became the most successful local evening radio program in Perth. Graham retired from hosting Nightline in late 2014.
In 1986, Graham established Lifeline WA in response to community need for counselling services. From humble beginnings with just a couple of off-air counsellors in the 6PR building, Lifeline has since evolved into a 24-hour counselling and support service which reaches out to thousands of people in need. A pastor with the Mt Pleasant Baptist Church and patron of many charities, Graham is an advocate for social justice, helping the homeless, mentally ill and the lonely. Graham has worked with homeless young people, designed and implemented youth rehabilitation programs, directed major musical productions and charity fundraisers and has received many awards for his outstanding public service.
His voluntary work within the community has been honoured by the City of Melville’s ‘Citizen of the Year Award,’ the Order of Australia Medal and Advance Australia Award. Rotary has also recognised Graham’s contribution to the community by honoring him with a Paul Harris Fellowship. (Other recipients of this award include Justice Michael Kirby and former Prime Minister R.J. Hawke). In 2002 Graham was named Western Australian Citizen of the Year for Community Service and Senior of the Year – Community Service Awards 2014.