Living in Dorset

Dorset Council provides community services based on the principles of quality, equity, value and responsiveness.

Visiting Dorset

Dorset has a unique blend of wilderness, wildlife, stunning scenery, mining heritage, secluded beaches and world class golf courses.

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Australia Day Ambassador Program

The Australia Day Ambassador Program is an initiative that sees high achieving and proud Australians attend local Australia Day celebrations in towns and cities across the nation. Australia Day Ambassadors volunteer their time and energy to inspire pride and celebration in hundreds of local communities.

2019 Australia Day Ambassador - William (Bill) Lark

Whilst running my own Land Surveying practice in the 1980’s, together with three friends, I built and operated a hotel in Tasmania’s main ski field, Ben Lomond and at the same time wondered why someone wasn’t producing Single Malt Whisky in Tasmania. In May 1992, my wife Lyn and I obtained the first Licence to Distil spirits in Tasmania since 1839. Lark Distillery grew from the kitchen table and is now employing over 30 staff, exporting throughout the world and proudly recognised as an industry leader encouraging the growth of the Australian Distilled Spirits industry. I was a founding member of the Australian Distillers Association and The Tasmanian Whisky Producers Association and I am now affectionately known as the “godfather” of the Australian whisky industry. Lark Distillery was awarded Telstra Australian Small Business of the Year in 2014. I was personally awarded Hospitality Ministers Award for Excellence for “Contribution to the Industry” 2015 and at the Tasmanian Tourism Awards 2013 named “Ministers Champion”. In March 2015 I was inducted, No 28,  into the World Whisky Awards Hall of Fame in the United Kingdom (1st and only Australian inductee). In 2012 I co-founded the Redlands Distillery in the Derwent Valley and I am still an active member of their board. Currently a sitting Board Member for Lark Distillery and  engaged as Global Brand Ambassador for Lark.


For further information on the Australia Day Ambassador Program, please see the Australia Day Website.