Diamonds of Devonport

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International Women's Day 2018

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Devonport City Council is pleased to recognise the contributions and achievements of local women through its ‘Diamonds of Devonport’ program along with a series of public workshops that aim to educate and empower women.

Since its inception in 2012, The Diamonds of Devonport awards have recognised the efforts of over 130 women who live or work within Devonport.

The program for 2018 has been extended and will be a week long celebration of women in Devonport culminating with an event on International Women's Day, Thursday 8 March, where the 2018 Diamonds will be recognised.

Event Patron   

Deputy Mayor Annette Rockliff

We are pleased to announce Deputy Mayor Annette Rockliff as the Patron of the event. Alderman Rockliff has been a member of Local Government since 2007 and is the current serving Deputy Mayor.  Alderman Rockliff was appointed to the Tasmanian Women's Council in 2014 and in 2017 was announced as Chair. The Tasmanian Women's Council is an advisory group appointed by the Minister for Women that has the opportunity to influence State Government policy to improve the lives of women in Tasmania. Alderman Rockliff raised the idea of an event that celebrates Women's achievements with Council in 2012 after realising that there was no International Women's Day celebration in Devonport, despite it being celebrated around the world. for almost 100 years.  

 "I am very proud of the event and I am excited to have been selected as the Patron.  I am really pleased with the developments and improvements we have made to this year's program and the expanded opportunities it will offer to support and encourage the amazing women who live and work in our city."

2018 Ambassador 

Minka-Woolley.png Minka has been a teacher for over 30 years and is currently teaching in the Health and Physical Education area at Don College. She has been extensively involved in hockey for many years as a player and International Umpire and Umpire Manager. She has recently been appointed to the World Panel for Female Umpire Managers and next year will continue this role at the Commonwealth Games in Queensland. These roles have provided her with many opportunities to participate in major events including four Olympics (Athens, Beijing, London and Rio) and to see firsthand what life is like for women in different countries.  Minka hopes that in some small way her active involvement in both teaching and International hockey has and will inspire others to chase their dreams beyond Devonport while also recognising that we live in a beautiful part of the world.

"I am honoured to be the Ambassador for the 2018 Diamonds of Devonport. I feel passionately about the importance of recognising and celebrating the role of women in our society and the contribution they make at a local, state, national and international level.

As a teacher for many years and also through being heavily involved in women’s sport, I have seen how women continue to change our world for the better. We must encourage and empower women from all parts of our community to be part of that change.

This event is also an important opportunity to recognise the voices of many women that go unheard and who continue to be dominated and threatened and who, because of these and other reasons, fail to realise their full potential."


Nominations will be accepted in the following categories:

  • Personal Achievement
  • Business Achievement
  • Community Achievement
  • Young Achiever (under 30 years)

Nominees must live or work within the Devonport municipality and meet one the following criteria to be accepted:

  • Demonstrate leadership that has a clear commitment to empowering girls and women
  • Contribute to improving the lives of people in Devonport and surrounds
  • Demonstrate achievement above and beyond their occupational role

Complete the online entry form here. 

Download a printable entry form here.(PDF, 168KB)

Nominations will be received until 5pm Friday, 2 February 2018.