Dorset Australia Day Awards

Each year as part of our Australia Day celebrations, Dorset Council recognises the achievements of community members by presenting Dorset Australia Day Awards.


2019 Dorset Australia Day Awards - NOMINATIONS OPEN

The Dorset Australia Day Awards are presented annually and recognise outstanding individuals/groups that make a real contribution and difference to our community. Nominations for 2019 will be accepted until the end of November! Simply click on the links below to download the guidelines and a nomination form.

Dorset Australia Day Awards Guidelines  /  Dorset Australia Day Awards Nomination Form

The Dorset Australia Day Awards are presented at a ceremony normally held at 7 pm on the 25th of January (location varies). All community members are welcome to attend. 

2018 Dorset Australia Day Awards

2018 Dorset Australia Day Award Recipients

2018 Dorset Citizen of the Year: Andrew Bennett

Andrew always has time to assist an organisation or group with support or advice, and he is admired for the fact that no matter how busy he is, he always finds time to help.  He is a no fuss person who never wants recognition.  Whilst owning and operating two very busy and demanding small businesses, Andrew still volunteers his time to audit accounts and financials for around 23 North East community organisations for at least the past 13 years and continues to do so.  He has been an active member of the North East Chamber of Commerce since 2011, a committee member for Northbourne Park since 2016, and holds a position on the committee of the Ringarooma Community Cultural Heritage Association.  Andrew has been recognised for his selflessness, skills and knowledge, and the countless hours he give to the Dorset Community.  

2018 Dorset Young Citizen of the Year: Raigan Kettle

Selection criteria for the Dorset Young Citizen of the Year include having positive and inspiring personal attributes showing qualities such as versatility, flexibility and perseverance in service to the community, and for personal effort and initiative to have made a significant difference to the quality of life of the community. Raigan is an outstanding role model for all young girls.  It is her contribution to her sport, the level of maturity she shows off and on the playing field, and the positive attitude and encouragement she gives to others that has led her to receiving this award.  Her talent within her chosen sports cannot go unnoticed either.  Through her playing football with the Scottsdale team, she was then recruited into the Northern Regional and Tasmanian State AFL Academy.  This was a great achievement.  Raigan is described as an inspiration to young girls in the North East, and is seen as a great role model.

2018 Dorset Volunteer of the Year: Marcus & Simone Haywood

Marcus and Simone's passion, pride and dedication towards the Dairy Industry and their local town of Ringarooma leads them to being worthy recipients of this award.  They worked countless hours, volunteering their time to see that Ringarooma became the Dairy Australia'a Legendairy Capital of Tasmania, then in October 2017 to go on and become the Legendairy Capital of Australia.  Without their hard work and tireless efforts this would not have been achievable.  Marcus and Simone are advocates for the town helping organise community events and constantly look for opportunities for their town that they are very proud of.  Congratulations Marcus and Simone, being recognised for your voluntary efforts in our community is a real achievement!

2018 Dorset Sports Award: Scottsdale Women's Football Team

We'd like to recognise the Scottsdale Women's Football Team for their outstanding debut season of football in the 2017 Tasmanian Women's League North.  Under the astute coaching of Cabel Hall, the team lost only one roster game before winning the inaugural premiership defeating Evandale.  This was a remarkable feat from a group of more than 30 women who came together showing the determination and commitment that was required to see them make history.  Congratulations to the players, coach and all involved in receiving this well deserved award.

2018 Dorset Community Event of the Year: Events at Bridport - End of Summer Party

This event is coming into its third year and last year saw thousands of people flock to the Village Green to enjoy the food, beer and wine that was showcased by the locals, while the kids were kept well entertained with the activities provided.  The live music was welcomed by people of all ages as they danced into the evening.  The commitment and passion shown by this hard working committee to hold such a successful event makes them very worthy of this award.

Certificates of Appreciation 2018

All nominees for Australia Day Awards are considered for a Certificate of Appreciation. Certificates of Appreciation celebrate the rich diversity of our vibrant community. They are awarded to recognise individuals and groups who continuously strive to make our community a better place for those who live, work and visit our special part of the world.

In 2018, the Australia Day Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to:

Kristy Probert: Kristy is very dedicated to her community.  Always trying to enrich the lives of others through the fundraising she does for Beyond Blue.  The way in which she willingly gives up her time to coordinate the Aussie Hoops Basketball Program for kids shows just how passionate she is about her community and making sure that basketball is a sport that will be played in Dorset for many years to come.  Kristy spends countless hours volunteering her time to make sure that the local North Eastern Basketball Union roster is kept going and runs smoothly in the Dorset area.  
(Nominated for Citizen of the Year)

Derek Arnold: Derek has displayed an exemplary and dedicated role in community affairs.  He has been a volunteer member of the Bridport Fire Service for over 20 years, a member of the Bridport Surf Life Saving Club for around 8 years and is the current President.  As part of his role with the Bridport Surf Life Saving Club, he plays a very active role in organising the very successful annual event, the Australia Day Splash at Bridport.  Derek is known as a quiet achiever and has been recognised for all the time and effort he puts into the Dorset community.
(Nominated for Citizen of the Year)

Mervyn Chilcott: Mervyn has been an advocate for the Dorset community for many years of his life, donating his time for the benefit of the people of the North East.  Merv is an active member of numerous groups/committees within Dorset.  The Scottsdale Men's Shed, North East and Scottsdale Lions Clubs and the Scottsdale Bowls Club are to name just a few.  Merv works with some of the local schools in Dorset mentoring students at the Men's Shed in line with the maintaining and retaining students at school program.  Merv has been recognised for his contribution to the Dorset Community over may years to which he has shown leadership and encouragement to a wide range of Dorset citizens.
(Nominated for Citizen of the Year)

Bridport 10 Fun Run: 
(Nominated for Community Event of the Year)

Scottsdale Mechanics Hall Chair Fundraising Concert: 
(Nominated for Community Event of the Year)