Diamonds of Devonport ambassador announced 3 February

Devonport City Council Tasmania

Former Mayor Annette Rockliff is set to inspire our city’s brightest as the Devonport City

Council’s Diamonds of Devonport ambassador. The next generation of innovators will

be celebrated at the awards ceremony held this International Women’s Day, on

Wednesday, 8 March.

As patron of the event, Annette Rockliff began the Diamonds of Devonport in 2012,

with the aim of showcasing the shining talent, hard work and dedication of women in

our region.

The annual awards have recognised more than 307 local women over the past 12


“I’m very proud of Diamonds of Devonport and the fact that we now celebrate the

women of our city in such a public way,” Annette said.

After 15 years in Local Government and 4 years as the Mayor of Devonport, Annette

Rockliff has made her mark as a Councillor, and in her retirement continues to

encourage the next generation of women in our city.

“I am really excited to be invited to be the Ambassador for the 2023 celebrations. It’s

lovely to be acknowledged in this way – and I’m looking forward to being involved for

another year.”

“We started Diamonds because I became aware of International Women’s Day and

realised that as a community we didn’t celebrate or acknowledge it, even though it

had been celebrated throughout the world for about 100 years by that time,” Annette


Devonport City Council’s enthusiasm for International Women’s Day has spread, with

many organisations following suit and hosting activities around the flagship Diamonds


“It’s been wonderful to see how much the women who are celebrated appreciate

their nomination – and to see that the community embraces them and their

achievements,” Annette said.

Sharing Annette Rockliff’s passion for recognising and empowering the women of our

region, Devonport Mayor Alison Jarman encouraged Annette to take on the role as

this year’s ambassador.

“The Diamonds of Devonport is a wonderful example of women collaborating in our

community. This is an opportunity for like-minded women to connect and learn from

each other, as well as meet with inspirational leaders shaping our community, like our

former Mayor Annette Rockliff,” Cr Jarman said.

With nominations open, Cr Jarman encourages the community to get their

nominations in and help find the next Diamonds of Devonport.

“If you know an amazing woman that shines brightly in our community, I encourage

you to nominate her to become a Diamond,” Cr Jarman said.

Nominations will be accepted in the following categories:

• Young Achiever (under 30 years)

• Personal Achievement

• Business Achievement

• Community Achievement

Nominations close 9am Monday, 20 February 2023 and can be made here.

This year’s finalists will be acknowledged at a cocktail event held on Tuesday, 8 March

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