Diamonds of Devonport

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International Womens Day 2017 in Devonport 

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 2017 has been extended and will be a week long celebration of women in Devonport culminating with an event on International Women's Day, Wednesday 8 March, where the 2017 Diamonds will be recognised. The Cocktail Party at Devonport’s Bass Strait Maritime Centre will coincide with the opening of 'Beneath the Waterline' an exhibition of works by Anne Morrison that acknowledges women's experiences as convicts and immigrants forced to live below the waterline on their long sea voyages. The exhibition is presented by Bass Strait Maritime Centre in association with Ten Days on the Island.

Details for a Womens Business Talk event to be held on Monday, 6 March will be announced soon.

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 has served as Deputy Chair for the past two years. 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."

2017 Ambassador 


acras-pic.jpg We are pleased to announce our 2017 Diamonds of Devonport Ambassador as radio personality Jessica Bennett. Jess has been a familiar voice on radio in Northern Tasmania for more than three years, currently hosting Breakfast with co-host Lee on Sea FM Devonport.  Her desire for helping others is seen through her connection to RSPCA Tasmania, the Cancer Council and Beacon Foundation and her involvement in various charity events and activities that benefit young people across Tasmania.  Jess has a strong desire to assist the next generation through mentoring students & young people on public speaking & presentation skills. 

 'I am really excited to be the ambassador for this fantastic event and what it stands for. In my role on air I get to meet so many successful local women and together we are all helping to create an inclusive, equal society where women are recognised for their pursuits and girls are encouraged to strive for great futures.' 


Nominations will be accepted in the following categories:

  • Personal Achievement
  • Business Achievement
  • Community Achievement
  • Young Achieve (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, 579KB) .

Nominations will be received until 5pm Friday, 24 February 2017.

Event Details

International Women's Day Diamonds of Devonport Cocktail Party
Wednesday 8 March 2017
Bass Strait Maritime Centre
Gloucester Ave, Devonport TAS 7310

Tickets can be purchased from the Devonport City Council Customer Service, 17 Fenton Way Devonport.

Finalists will receive a complimentary ticket to the event and will be advised of their nomination upon closing of the nomination period.