Rhino Award Categories

The Dubbo Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc presents the Rhino Awards each year to honour the city's most outstanding businesses.

The Rhino, which is used as the logo, reflects both the fact that Dubbo is home to the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, and symbolises the strength of our local business community. The presentation night is one of the city's most prestigious annual events, a time when the city's business community honours its most outstanding performers in a number of categories.

Regional Australia Bank

This year the 2018 Regional Australia Bank Dubbo Chamber of Commerce Rhino Awards presents 20+ Categories, including the The Gold Rhino - awarded to Dubbo's most Outstanding Business.

In the starred (*) categories, eligible winners will receive automatic entry into the 2018 NSW Business Chamber Central West Regional Awards.

Category Sponsor

Jean Emile Serisier Roll of Honour

Recognises those who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business direction and innovative ideas, whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming business leaders.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Excellence in Small Business *

Recognises a company (*employing less than 20 employees) that has attained significant growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented to achieve sustainable growth in the previous 24 months.

  • Ruby Maine
  • The Monkey Bar
  • axxis
  • Vanguard Business Services Pty Ltd

Anittel

Excellence in Business *

Recognises a business (*businesses employing 20 or more employees) that has attained significant growth and is able to demonstrate the specific strategies and processes implemented to achieve sustainable growth over the previous 24 months.

  • JLE Electrical
  • Midwest Foods and Liquor
Dubbo RSL

Excellence in Social Enterprise

Open to businesses that have been established to further a social purpose in a financially sustainable way. These businesses are revenue generating and can be “not for profit” and “for profit.

  • Titan Macquarie Mud Run
  • headspace Dubbo
Regional Australia Bank

Startup Superstar - Baby Rhino

This category recognises a business that has been operating for less than 2 years that delivers a product/service/idea/invention with credible potential. This award recognises early-stage startups that have a solid chance of market success, and strongly displays the entrepreneurial spirit.

  • IEC Financial Advisory Pty Ltd
  • H.O.P.E. Program of Connecting Community Services
  • Lazy Sunday Lifestyle
WIN Television

Excellence in Innovation *

Recognises businesses that have made significant contributions to their industry through the introduction or improvement of an idea, method, technology, process or application.

  • Regional Enterprise Development Institute Ltd.
  • The Monkey Bar
  • Maas Group Family Properties
Milestone Hotel

Excellence in Sustainability - Green Rhino *

Recognises businesses that are working to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment and/or provide products and services that have positive environmental outcomes. 

Please note: where sustainability is your core business, you must enter this category based on sustainable initiatives and projects within your business, not related to your core offering.

  • Regand Park Early Childhood Education Centre (ECEC)
  • Daily Scoop at Majos
  • Carlton House Childcare Centre and Preschool
  • Maas Group Family Properties
Crowe Horwath

Outstanding Employer of Choice *

Recognises organisations that put in place strategies and initiatives to create stimulating and supportive workplace environments for their employees. These strategies or initiatives must have a positive impact on both employees and the organisation as a whole.

  • axxis
  • Vanguard Business Services Pty Ltd
  • JLE Electrical
  • Maas Group Family Properties
RDA Orana

Excellence in Customer Service

Awarded to a business that recognises and demonstrates that their customers are at the heart of their business.

 The Customer Service Award goes to a business that recognises and demonstrates that their customers are the heart of their business.

  • Dubbo Golf Club
  • Manera Heights Apartments
  • Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre
  • Shearing Shed Motor Inn
  • headspace Dubbo
Qantas

Excellence in Products and/or Service

Awarded to a business that delivers an exceptionally high quality product and/or service.

  • The Monkey Bar
  • Daily Scoop at Majos
  • Regand Park Early Childhood Education Centre (ECEC)
  • Dubbo Golf Club
  • Western Student Connections
Touch of Beauty

Work Health Safety *

Awarded to a business that demonstrates outstanding Excellence in Work Health Safety.

  • JLE Electrical
  • Midwest Foods & Liquor
  • Carlton House Childcare Centre and Preschool
NSW Government Safe Work

Outstanding Young Employee* (18 to 35 yrs)

Recognises an inspirational young professional aged between 18-35 years who has built a successful career with an organisation.

  • Sarah Stanford - Big Blue Digital
  • Max Rabbett - Regional Enterprise Development Institute Ltd. (REDI.E)
  • Hollie Bonham - Western Student Connections
  • Christina Rodgers - headspace Dubbo
Job Centre Australia

Outstanding Young Entrepreneur * (18 to 35 yrs)

Recognises an inspirational young person aged between 18-35 years who, through their own commitment and passion, has built and operates a successful business. This award recognises young business leaders who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic direction and innovative ideas whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming young business people.

  • Twinkalkumar Rupareliya - Rams International Groceries
  • Joel Bones - IEC Financial Advisory
  • Tim Smith - The Monkey Bar
  • Kate Griffiths - Lazy Sunday Lifestyle
Dubbo Chamber of Commerce

Outstanding Business Leader* (36+ yrs)

Recognises the positive contribution made to business by business people and professionals. The award recognises those who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business direction and innovative ideas, whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming business leaders.

  • Cathy Buckley – Orana Heights After School Care Inc
  • Paula Kearns – Carlton House Childcare
  • Rod Archer – Dubbo Golf Club
  • Mathew Dickerson – axxis
Fully Promoted

Apprentice and Trainee of the Year

Awarded to an apprentice and trainee that has gone above and beyond the call of duty and made a valuable contribution to the success of the business they work for.

  • Ellie Whalan – Skin Logic au
  • Courtney Hogan – Skillset Workforce
  • Emily Crampton – The Westhaven Association
  • Gemma Sweeney – Orana Broadcasters Inc. DC-FM 88.9
Picton Bros Panelspan

People's Choice Award

Awarded to Dubbo’s most popular business, as voted by the public.

  • Urban Dance Studio
  • Daily Scoop at Majo’s
  • The Monkey Bar
  • Helping our people (Hope programme)
2DU/Zoo FM

People's Choice - Dubbo's Best Tradie

Awarded to Dubbo’s most popular trade-based business (i.e. electrician, plumber, builder, painter) as voted by the public.

  • Sam Fisher - MAAS Group Family Property
  • Che Shaw Cross - Sallustio Tile & Rendering
  • Joe Nugent - Joe Nugent Carpentry
  • Josh Lee - JML Concreting
Mailbox Shopper

People's Choice - Service with a Smile

Awarded to Dubbo’s most popular employee, as voted by the public.

  • Brentley Goodwin - Raine & Horne
  • Deborah Ryan - REDI.E
  • Jono Russo - Russo’s Coffee Bar
  • Lara Burton - Orana Gardens
Daily Liberal

People's Choice - Hospitality

Awarded to a restaurant, cafe, function centre, pub, licensed club or caterer that demonstrates excellence in hospitality.

  • CSC
  • The Monkey Bar
  • Royal India Restobar
  • Veldt Restaurant
Dubbo Chamber of Commerce

Key Rhino Award Dates 2018:

  • 25th May................Nominations Open
  • 15th June................Dubbo Chamber of Commerce Ray Day - Official Rhino Awards Launch and ENTRIES OPEN
  • 26th June................Information Night
  • 16th July.................Award Nominations close
  • 23rd July.................People's Choice voting begins
  • 2nd August.............Award Entries close
  • 25th August............Award Judging closes
  • 25th August............People's Choice voting closes
  • 18th September.......Finalists Cocktail Night
  • 19th October...........Gala Awards Night

Please note; some dates maybe subject to change.

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