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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.

2022 Dorset Australia Day Awards 

The Dorset Australia Day Awards are presented annually and recognise outstanding individuals/groups that make a real contribution and difference to our community. 

Australia Day Awards 2022

2021 Dorset Australia Day Awards | Held on the Bridport Village Green on Monday 25 January



 2021 Citizen of the Year | Douglas Beswick

Doug Beswick is admired for all that he has contributed to the Dorset area for over 70 years, starting at Branxholm.  He is a Life member of the North East Football Union which he was involved in for over 40 years, charter member of the North East Lions and Bridport Lions Club for 37 Years, Bridport Probus for 25 years, Bridport RSL for 17 years in which he actively obtained grants for and also organised and implemented the Bridport Memorial garden.  Doug happily maintains the area at the Ezzy Park Information bay at Bridport.  A role model for the community, welcoming new members to the committees he was/is involved in and always offering his expertise when required. Nothing is too much to ask of Doug.  As mentioned by a referee “Often when people retire from their working life they choose to step back from community involvement, this has not been the case with Doug who has worked tirelessly for our community and done so with the utmost professionalism and dedication.”

2021 Young Citizen of the Year | Amelia Barnett

The 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.  Amelia is 16 years old and is an outstanding role model for everyone. It is her contribution through being a Girl Guide for 9 years and the positive attitude and encouragement she gives to others that has led her to receiving this award.  Amelia is well respected by leaders and guides and is currently working on the peak achievement in guiding the “Queens Guide Award”.  Amelia has represented Tasmania at guide camps in Queensland and New Zealand and has a leadership role as a junior leader and is loved and respected by the younger guides.  Amelia is the youngest member of the NESM Hospital Auxiliary and often seen helping out at the Hospital Fete.  Amelia is an inspiration to young people in the North East, and is seen as a great role model.

2021 Volunteer of the Year | Karen Rainbow

 Karen is a quiet achiever who never wants recognition for anything and even hesitated at accepting this nomination.  Karen freely gives her time to help others with no expectation of anything in return or any personal gain other than knowing she has helped someone. She does these things not because she has been asked or because she belongs to an organisation, but just because of the very kind hearted person that she is.  Over the many years Karen has volunteered her time on committees with things including being crowned Miss Multicap, North East Basketball Union, Scottsdale Netball Club, Life member of the Scottsdale Primary School P&F, Scottsdale RSL, Tinsel the Town and North East Stack a block. Karen is currently the driving force of getting Scottsdale decorated at Christmas time and quite often seen in King St selling raffle tickets for any community group that may need her to.  As mentioned by a referee “Karen has pursued a busy second career as a community volunteer, and as a result of this she has achieved the respect and love from the Dorset community in helping build stronger committees and community spirit as a whole."  Being recognised for your voluntary efforts in our community is a real achievement.

2021 Sports Award | Scottsdale Football Club Under 12 Premiership Team

 This team were the 2020 Premiers in the NTJFA Under 12, Division 2.  This was the first time ever that the juniors have been in an NTJFA Grand Final, with strength and participation is very strong with the junior Football in Dorset.  Despite COVID interrupting the season, the boys adjusted to new protocols and got on with the job.  The Boys wore the club colours with pride and did the Dorset Community proud.  As mentioned by the nominee “It has sent a great vibe within our club as a whole to strive for success”.  Congratulations to everyone involved in the Scottsdale Football Club U/12 boy’s football team on receiving this well-deserved award.

2021 Community Event of the Year | Ringarooma School and District Show (accepted by Principal Christine Edmunds)


The Ringarooma School and District Show COmmittee persevered to work through ever-changing COVID rules to still be able to put on their annual show.  The sense of community and bringing people together for an important day of the year was very evident on the day with the “new” way of doing things being adhered to by all those in attendance.  As mentioned by the nominee, “In a year when many events had to be cancelled and in the face of many challenges, the Ringarooma School and District Show Committee (who are volunteers, school staff and students) deserve to be recognised for prioritising their communities needs and the importance of bringing people together safely to reconnect”.

Certificates of Appreciation 2021

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 2021, the Australia Day Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to Ally Mercer and Helen McGregor (pictured with Australia Day Ambassador Don Marsh)

Ally Mercer has made an outstanding contribution to the well-being of the Dorset Community through leadership and personal service during the 16 years that she has been a resident of Dorset for.   Ally’s enthusiasm and willingness to be involved in the community through her various roles throughout Dorset is to be commended.  Ally has been a big driving force behind the Mechanics Hall in Scottsdale and the way it has been brought back to life from its almost derelict state, and her leadership, inspiration and guidance has been crucial to its refurbishment.  Ally is the Treasurer of the Scottsdale Tennis Club and has been for 15 years.  Ally has volunteered as a Volunteer Ambulance officer, the Scottsdale Choir, Friends of Aminya, runs the social media site “Humans of Dorset” along with sitting on a number of other boards and committees which contribute to the health and well-being of Dorset Residents

Helen McGregor is known to be a ray of sunshine wherever she goes and makes a concerted effort to make Dorset a better place to be.  She is as an outstanding citizen showing compassion, love and understanding to many people within the Dorset Community.  Helen spends many hours each week volunteering in various roles such as North East Pony Club, Ringarooma Swimming Pool (currently head lifeguard and secretary) and Ringarooma Primary School.  Helen has great personal values which overflow in to a strong commitment to community service and is gifted in working with young people and inspires them to make positive choices while enjoying life.  Helen has a selfless attitude, happy do lucky demeanour and devotion to other people around her makes her a wonderful citizen of Dorset.