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2018 Regional Australia Bank Dubbo Chamber of Commerce Rhino Awards Finalists Announced

Board Members - Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Congratulations to all finalists announced for the 2018 Regional Australia Bank Dubbo Chamber of Commerce Rhino Awards.

Businesses & individuals attended the Sponsors & Finalists Cocktail Event, held at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo Savannah Room, to eagerly await the news.

Finalists (businesses and individuals) were announced across 18 categories.

Apprentice and Trainee of the Year

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

Excellence in Small Business 

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

Excellence in Business

  • JLE Electrical
  • Midwest Foods & Liquor

Excellence in Customer Service

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

Excellence in Innovation

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

Excellence in Products &/or Service

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

Excellence in Social Enterprise

  • Titan Macquarie Mud Run
  • headspace Dubbo

Excellence in Sustainability

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

Outstanding Business Leader

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

Outstanding Employer of Choice

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

Outstanding Young Employee

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

Outstanding Young Entrepreneur

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

Start Up Superstar

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

Excellence in Work, Health & Safety

  • JLE Electrical
  • Midwest Foods & Liquor
  • Carlton House Childcare Centre and Preschool

People’s Choice


  • CSC
  • The Monkey Bar
  • Royal India Restobar
  • Veldt Restaurant

Service with a Smile

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

Dubbo’s Favourite Tradie

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

Dubbo’s Favourite Business

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

The media coverage of the event is available through the Daily Liberal.

The Jean Emile Serisier Award and the prestigious Gold Rhino winner to be announced at the Awards Gala Event, which will be held at the Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre on Friday, 19  October.

Tickets for this event will be on sale next week.

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