Diamonds of Devonport 2018

Published on 10 January 2018

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Devonport City Council is once again celebrating the achievements of local women through the popular Diamonds of Devonport program.

Scheduled to coincide with International Women’s Day, the Diamonds of Devonport is now in its seventh year, having celebrated over 160 previous ‘Diamonds’.

Event Patron, Deputy Mayor Annette Rockliff initiated the Diamonds of Devonport Program in 2012 as a way of recognising the quiet achievers within our community.

Alderman Rockliff said, “A ‘Diamond’ is not necessarily a woman who performs a high-profile community service role, but someone who quietly goes about making a difference to the community and others through her actions.”

 “I am very proud of the event and am looking forward to the opportunities it will present to support and encourage the amazing women who live and work in our city. I am also proud to announce Minka Woolley as the 2018 Ambassador for Diamonds of Devonport.”

Minka has been teaching for over thirty years and has also been extensively involved in hockey, as a player, international umpire and umpire manager. She has also been recently appointed to the World Panel for Female Umpire Managers and next year will continue this role at the Commonwealth Games in Queensland.

Minka Woolley said, “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 year’s Diamonds of Devonport program has been expanded, with the addition of a week-long program of events which will run from 1 – 8 March 2018. Information about these events will be released at a later date.

Council is asking residents to consider nominating a local woman who lives or works within Devonport and whose efforts make a difference to the Devonport community, particularly women and girls.

Diamonds will be awarded in the categories of Business Achievement, Personal Achievement, Community Achievement and Young Achievement, for under 30’s.

Nomination forms are now available from Council’s Customer Service Centre, and online at and will be accepted until 5pm Friday, 2 February 2018.

Nominees will be honoured at an awards ceremony to be held on International Women’s Day Thursday 8 March from 6:00pm. 



Media Contact: Janine Phillips
03 6424 0562 / 0427 132 972