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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.

2021 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 are NOW OPEN for the 2021 Dorset Australia Day Awards - which will be presented at the Dorset Australia Day Civic Ceremony to be held during the evening on January 25, 2021.  Nominations can be submitted under the following categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year (<30 @ 26 January 2021)
  • Dorset Volunteer of the Year
  • Dorset Sports Award
  • Community Event of the Year

For more information on each of the categories, please read the guidelines available to download below.  A copy of the Nomination Form can also be downloaded below.  Nominations must be submitted by close of business on 21 December 2020, and can be emailed, posted or dropped off to the Council Offices.  For more information or any questions, please contact Customer Service/Community Liaison Officer, Elizabeth Hadley on 03 6352 6500.

2021 Nomination Form

2021 Guidelines

2020 Dorset Australia Day Awards | Held at the Derby Town Hall on Saturday 25 January


Award Winners
2020 Dorset Citizen of the Year: Cheryl McCartie

Cheryl is admired for all she does as a volunteer, in particular her work with the Dorset Suicide Prevention Network of which she is the current Chairperson.  Cheryl provides outstanding leadership for the network and aims to bring people together to take action and provide support to those who are struggling and feeling isolated.  Cheryl's compassion and kindness shown is above and beyond.  Cheryl has previously been named as an outstanding contributor to Women in Agriculture, and has previously been on the Tas Dairy Board, Ringarooma Show Committee and is a committee member of Farm Feast.  Cheryl's generocity goes above and beyond what could be expected of anyone and it always comes from the heart.  It is said about Cheryl that "she volunteers her time to others and lends her skills to the betterment of the community and above all, is an exemplary citizen."

2020 Dorset Young Citizen of the Year: Zali Grace

Zali 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 her participation in her chosen sport of hockey and her positive attitude and encouragement she gives to others that has led her to receiving this award.  Zali is respected by leaders and guides and is a junior leader at outings and camps, mentoring other guides.  Zali volunteered at her school in 2019 by helping supervise and run activities for children in after school care.  Zali has also represented the State on several occasions for hockey and in 2019 was selected in the Tasmanian Indoor Hockey team.  Zali is often seen to be mentoring and assisting younger players and umpiring.  For the past 2 years, Zali has been on the Committee for the Commissioner for Children and Young People promoting the rights and wellbeing of children and young people in Tasmania.  Zali is an inspiration to young people in the North East and is seen as a great role model.

2020 Dorset Volunteer of the Year: David and Annette Purcell

David and Annette have been volunteering as Ambulance officers for a combined total of 13 years between them (David 6 years and Annette 5 years).  David has been an active member of the Scottsdale Fire Brigade for 36 years and is one of their longest serving members and was previously in the Army Reserves for 10 years.  David and Annette are continually putting others before themselves and are always happy to help out when needed often changing their own plans in times of need to help our community.  The countless hours that David and Annette put into volunteering and helping save lives is very much appreciated and the service they provide has been recognised through this award.

2020 Dorset Sports Award: Fenella Harris

Fenella is 17 years old and her chosen sport is mountain bike riding and she has been riding the Blue Derby trails since they were first opened.  It is Fenella's dedication and commitment to her chosen sport that is truly inspirational as a young athlete.  Fenella has competed in State, National and International events and 2019 was a very successful year for her with mountain biking taking her all over the world.  During the 2019 World Enduro Series, Fenella competed in the Under 21 category and her results were 1st in Round One held at Rotorua in New Zealand, 1st in Round Two held at Blue Derby, Tasmania, and mid-field in both Round 6 and 7 held in Whistler, Canada and Northstar, USA respectively.  Points were calculated from all 8 rounds and Fenella finished 3rd overall in her category which was a fantastic achievement for a then 16 year old.  In November 2019, Fenella finished in 2nd place at the National Enduro Championships held at Maydena which has qualified her for the World Enduro reserve list in 2020.  Fenella has also represented Tasmania in hockey.

2020 Dorset Community Event of the Year: Tassie Scallop Fiesta

In it's second year, the Tassie Scallop Fiesta was a business plan aimed to welcome visitors to Bridport during a normally slow period of economic activity providing social interaction in Winter at the seaside.  In 2019, in excess of 2,500 patrons from far and wide enjoyed the Fiesta.  The Fiesta provided local food, wine and beer stalls whilst enjoying music from local performers and big name bands.  Other entertainment included scallop splitting races, scallop pie competition, celebrity chefs, fashion parade and helicopter rides.  Prior to the Fiesta, other lead up events were held to further engage the community and comments made during and after the Fiesta stated that it was a feel good, fun event and that the food was amazing and the atmosphere was a standout.

Certificates of Appreciation 2020

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 2020, the Australia Day Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to:

Maria Branch

Patricia Bennett

Dawn Walley

Sharon Sykes

Candice Walker

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