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ACA Southern Cross Award Recipients

The Southern Cross Award is made to a member of the camping industry, not necessarily an ACA or other association member who has rendered strong and significant service to camping over a long period of time (usually not less than ten years).

ACA Board Members will elect Southern Cross Award Recipients.


billbowker-southerncrossrecipientBill Bowker (dec.)

“The Camping Association of Victoria is pleased to award Bill Bowker the inaugural Southern Cross Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to camping and outdoor education.

Bill was presented with his award at the 1998 Joint Conference and Don MacDowall recalled some of Bill’s contribution…”


To read the full newsletter article in the July 1999 Camping Connections please click here.



don-macdowallDon MacDowall Awarded 2000/2001

Don was a branch commissioner with Scouts- Venturers and worked closely with future ACA Life Member, Bill Oakley. Don was the first Executive Officer of the Camping Association of Victoria (CVA) a role in which he served from 1984-2000.





jenny-bealesJenny Beales Awarded 2003

Jenny Beales was employed by Don to look after member enquiries and book sales.





David Strickland strickland

Awarded 2017 – more details to come








GrantMcCanceGrant McCance

Awarded 2017 – More details to come










ColinKneeboneColin Kneebone

Awarded 2017 – More details to come