Wattle Award for Opal

December 14, 2023

During a recent Christmas gathering of Girl Guide Leaders, District Leader Karen Chatto presented several certificates to our Ballarat volunteers.

Wattle Award

JulieAnneCongratulations to Julie-Anne Evans, one of our dedicated long-time volunteer leaders.  Julie-Anne was presented with the Wattle Award, a prestigious “Adult Good Service Award” that acknowledges and values the voluntary contributions of adult members to Guiding.

Known as ‘Opal’ within the Guiding community, Julie-Anne has served in leadership and management roles for an impressive 30 years, as well as being instrumental in forming the Ruff Diamond Trefoils.

Her creativity and imagination have made significant contributions to the success of enjoyable camps and events at Unit, District and Region level.  Julie-Anne is a staunch advocate for recognising Guides for their unique characteristics and abilities.

Service Awards

  • Margaret Littlehales – 60 years
  • Dossie Watts – 50 years
  • Cherie Brown – 35 years
  • Julie-Anne Evans – 30 years
  • Ashleigh Goossens – 3 years

Leadership Qualifications

Congratulations to our newly qualified Leaders who each attended required trainings, organised programs for youth members, completed first aid courses and visited other Units.

  • Natalie Binedell
  • Ashleigh Goossens



Our Leaders will now take a break over the holiday period, then prepare for the 2024 Guiding year.

Leap Year 2024 Delacombe (6)

Leap Year

District Thinking Day 2024 (119)

Thinking Day at the Water Park

Sebastopol Guides Pancake Day (3)

Outdoor Pancakes

Centenary Reunion 2023 (33) Cherie

100+ at Guide Reunion

Centenary Reunion 2023 Lindsay (158)b

Adult Good Service Awards

Big Birthday Bash 2023 (17)

Callout for past Girl Guides

Kani Karrung Sleepover (4)

Kani-Karrung Sleepover

Kani Karrung Sleepover 2023

Science Week

Delacombe Guides Tram Museum (60)

Guides @ Ballarat Tram Museum

Ruff Diamonds In Castlemaine (1b)

Ruff Diamonds in Castlemaine