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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.

2020 Dorset Australia Day Awards - NOW 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 2020 are NOW OPEN and will be accepted until close of business, Friday 20 December 2019.  The Guidelines and Nomination Form can be downloaded below

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

The Dorset Australia Day Awards are presented at a ceremony to be held at 7 pm on the 25th of January at the Derby Town Hall.  All community members are welcome to attend. 

2019 Dorset Australia Day Awards | Held at the Branxholm Hall on Friday 25 January

Mayor Greg Howard, Australia Day Ambassador Bill Lark and wife Lynn, Dorset General Manager Tim Watson


2019 Award Winners
2019 Dorset Citizen of the Year: Ann Speers (Nominated by Cindy Walsh)

Ann is admired for all she does as a volunteer, especially as an Ambulance Officer.  Ann is a volunteer Ambulance Officer who gives countless hours to help save lives in Dorset.  The compassion and kindness she shows is above and beyond, quite often following up to see how someone is that she may have assisted in the Ambulance the week before.  Ann is involved in the Hospital Auxiliary, makes bags to send overseas to less fortunate children.  Over the years Ann has been involved in Senior Citizens, CWA, Cancer Council, as well as assisting and supporting many charities with raffles.  Ann's generosity goes above and beyond what could be expected of anyone and it always comes from the goodness of her heart.

2019 Dorset Young Citizen of the Year: Lucy Partridge (Nominated by Central Swifts Netball Club)

Lucy is an outstanding role model for everyone.  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.  Lucy's achivements include: 2018 Junior President of the Central Swifts Netball Club, 2018 Central Swifts Club Person of the Year (as voted by her peers), 2018 North Eastern Netball Association Treasurer, 2018 Coach and mentor to Central Swifts U/12 team and assisted with the U/10s and Junior competitions.  Lucy is always putting her hand up to coach, score and help in any way she can and it is her calm approach to both coaching and playing sport that shows the level of maturity she has well beyond her age.  Lucy is currently studying full time at University and still gives her time to not only encourage the young people of the North East, but the Committees that she is also involved in.  Lucy is also actively involved in local Basketball, Mixed Netball and Ladies Cricket competitions.  Lucy is described as an inspiration to young people in the North East, and is seen as a great role model.

2019 Dorset Volunteer of the Year: Dorset Community House Community Transport Drivers (Nominated by Kate Cliff)

The Community Transport Drivers freely give their time to transport residents of Dorset for whatever reason that they may not be able to drive themselves.  The Drivers constantly change their own personal schedules to accommodate the needs of residents that need transport.  The whole Dorset community benefits from this service.  Trips include Gladstone to Launceston and return, Talawa, Nabowla, Tomahawk and all around Dorset - wherever the passenger needs to go.  The compassion and companionship that the drivers provide is outstanding and they are continually getting praise.  Dorset Community House is not funded for transport and it took many years of careful budgeting and donations from the community to help with the purchase of the new Dorset Rover and enable the recent purchase of a wheelchair access car.  Some of their drivers have been volunteers since 2004 which indicates their commitment and motivation in helping the community.

2019 Dorset Sports Award: Miles Smith (Nominated by Christopher Smith)

Miles was born in Derby and has lived there for 14 of his 16 years, spending many hours on the Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails.  Miles won the U/17 Tasmanian Gravity Enduro State series in the 2017/18 season and is currently leading in the same series for the 2018/19 season.  Miles won the U/19 Shimano Enduro World Series Asia Pacific Round 2 held in Derby in November 2018.  Miles also competed in national finals held in Adelaide in October 2018 where he placed 13th, which was a massive accomplishment given an unfortunate accident that he had whilst away on holiday only a few months prior.  To come back from the accident the way he did was an accomplishment in itself and just shows the determination to succeed that Miles has.  It's not only mountain bike riding that Miles succeeds in.  He won the Scottsdale High School Grade 10 Cross Country in 2018 and was selected in the Northern Tasmanian Junior Football Association under 16 representative team in 2018.

2019 Dorset Community Event of the Year: Tom Quilty Gold Cup Endurance Ride (Nominated by Maelene McKay and Scottsdale Rotary)

The Tom Quilty is an internationally recognised event held annually all over Australia and has been running since 1966.  The event took 3 years of planning with many volunteers involved including individuals, sporting clubs, Rotary and Lions.  The area was kept immaculate prior, during and after the event and many residents of Dorset allowed competitors horses to stay of their land.  Congratulations to the Committee!


 2019 Dorset Australia Day Certificate of Appreciation Recipients


Certificates of Appreciation 2019

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 2019, the Australia Day Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to:

Rayleen Glover: Rayleen has raised funds annually for the last 4 year for Lifeline with her Black Dog Suicide Prevention Raffles.  In 2018 alone, Rayleen raised $11,000 for suicide prevention and counselling.  The previous 3 years she raised a combined total of nearly $30,000.  (Nominated by Tracy Brown for Citizen of the Year)

Graham Bucknell: Graham is known as a dedicated and hard worker and was the President and Event Coordinator of the 2018 Tom Quilty.  Graham is a proud resident of Dorset who took pride in the grounds at Santarena Park and the surrounding areas prior to, during and after the event.  (Nominated by Marie Brill for Citizen of the Year)

Buck Gibson: Buck has invested whole-heartedly in the Derby community where he employs approximately 20 people at his business.  Buck assists young people in the area with employment opportunities, helps enhance visitor knowledge of Derby and surrounds and promotes the Derby Museum. (Nominated by Gary Thomas for Citizen of the Year)

Deanna Scott: Deanna began her community involvement in Dorset around 33 years ago with Mothers Club at the Scottsdale Infant School and then on the Parents and Friends Association at the Scottsdale Primary School.  A former agricultural teacher at the High School who instructed students with cattle handling and Deanna put in many after hours work as she was passionate about it.  Deanna is also involved in the Scottsdale Business & Professional Womens Club, assisted husband Bruce in establishing the Scottsdale RSL Military Museum (at which she currently volunteers), committee member of the North East Agricultural and Pastoral Society with their main event being the Scottsdale Show - where Deanne is responsible for the industrial pavilion, member of the NESM Hospital Auxiliary and is the current President of the North East Horticultural Society. (Nominated by Ann Etchells for Citizen of the Year)

Katrina Barnett: Katrina has been a member of the Bridport Girl Guides for 15 years and was a previous assistant leader.  She generously gives her time to mentor many girls who have gone on to become valued members of the Dorset Community.  Katrina runs her own business at Bridport and still manages to plan and prepare for weekly meetings, monthly meetings and gives up her time to go on outings with the Girl Guides and attend Camps.  Katrina's leadership roles have been on a State and National level and she has represented Australia at overseas camps in New Zealand twice. (Nominated by Bridport Girl Guides for Citizen of the Year)

Miles Smith: (Nominated by Christopher Smith for Young Citizen of the Year)

Imelda Bennett: Imelda has lived in the North East her whole life and has embraced community life being involved in the Church, Catholic Women's League of Scottsdale and Ringarooma, CWA at Branxholm, Branxholm Choral and Drama Group, Branxholm Flower Show.  In recent years, Imelda has supported the Scottsdale High School Breakfast programma and is a previous volunteer of the Community Visitors Scheme.  She is a current member of Scottsdale Probus, NESM Hospital Auxiliary, President of the Catholic Pastoral Council, to name a few.  Imelda has rendered kind assistance and support to senior ladies by transporting them to Scottsdale and Launceston for appointments and shopping in Dorset.  (Nominated by Audrey Robinson for Volunteer of the Year)

Ann Speers: (Nominated by Bartula Malqued for Volunteer of the Year)

Arthur Taylor:  Since moving to Winnaleah in 1969, Arthur has been volunteering his time tirelessly for his local community.  Arthur has served on many committees and in various roles including: Winnaleah Swimming Pool, local Fire Brigade, Winnaleah Football Club, Winnaleah Cricket Club, Winnaleah School Farm.  Arthur has also been known to purchase equipment for young people in the area that may not have been able to afford it, to ensure that they could participate.  Arthur also ran the local shop and is known to give lifts to anyone in need, checks on community members who are elderly or unwell and still does the paper run for his neighbours. (Nominated by Shelley Mountney for Volunteer of the Year)

Lucy Partridge: (Nominated by Central Swifts Netball Club for Dorset Sports Award)

Bridport Innovations - Bridport 10 Fun Run: The Bridport 10+  Fun Run was held in October 2018 and attracted 200 competitors with their supporters and families.  The event is professionally run and timed.  It attracts elite athletes as well as those just seeking to enjoy ' the prettiest fun run under the sun' .  Competitors come from across Tasmania and even an occasional interstate runner who all support not only the event, but local businesses on the day.  (Nominated by Len Gillett for Community Event of the Year)

Scottsdale High School - Back to the 80s Production: Biennially Scottsdale High School takes on the challenge of producing a show for the community.  This year, Back to the 80s involved more than 100 high school students and 60 primary school students.  This musical provided over two hours of entertainment that included classic hits of the 80s, energetic dance moves, and a humourous and engaging storyline.  It opened its curtains in late October and entertained more than 1,200 people during the four shows.  The school production provides an opportunity for our community to experience musical theatre and the amazing talent of the students who have worked hard to put on the show.  It strengthens the school/community partnership and builds confidence in the students ability to actively participate in community events.  (Nominated by Scottsdale High School for Community Event of the Year)

Ringarooma School and District Show: The 81st Ringarooma Show had a fantastic family vibe.  Its ever growing popularity is proven by the noticeable increase of patrons over the last three years.  It is an event for all generations showcasing the wonderful work of not only the students by the wider community, with displays of flowers, craft, cooking and photography.  There's something for everyone with agricultural displays, local exhibitors, Ringa fun run, horse events, calf leading, free children's entertainment and lots of food to choose from.  The show improving each year is due to the proud and willing volunteer organisation that give up their time throughout the year to provide this community event.  A rural community such as this one that works hard together can achieve greatness.  (Nominated Natasha Evans for Community Event of the Year)

North East Lions Farm Feast: The Farm Feast attendance each year is growing and the dedication of the volunteers to make this event flourish should be commended.  All proceeds from this event are donate to Rural Alive and Well (RAW). (Nominated by Kristine O'Reilly for Community Event of the Year)

Bridport Innovations - Tassie Scallop Fiesta:  The inaugural Tassie Scallop Fiesta was an overwhelming success and ticked all the boxes in regard to delivering some winter stimulus to our sometimes sleepy village and providing locals with reasons to celebrate.  An attendance of nearly 2,500 exceeded committee members expectations.   (Nominated by Jill van den Bosch for Community Event of the Year)