Dubbo Chamber Latest News

Rhino Cocktail Party Tickets On Sale - Last week for Peoples Choice Voting

Michael Quinn - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Dubbo Chamber of Commerce

Welcome to your Dubbo Chamber Newsletter


  • Tickets now on sale for the Rhino Awards Finalists Cocktail Party.
  • One more week left for voting for the People's Choice Awards.
  • Next ASX200 Breakfast features BlueScope Steel CEO.
  • Next WIB Luncheon features Victoria Carey.
  • NSW BC holding free webinar - get the most from your Chamber membership.
  • NSW BC holding free Workplace Update workshop in Dubbo.
  • see below for details and more


Don’t forget that all Dubbo Chamber members are eligible for three free mentions in our Newsletter each year. Take the opportunity to promote your business or a special offer for Chamber members. See below for details.

Support Local Businesses & Services - Buy Local in Dubbo



Recent New Chamber Members 2016

Some more new members that have joined the Chamber recently.

  • Optex Eyewear
  • Zumba With Tracy
  • Work Pack Group
  • Daily Scoop
  • Property Buying Agent

Welcome to them all - please support your fellow members and local Dubbo businesses.



Chamber Breakfast: BlueScope Steel CEO - Paul O’Malley (ex-Dubbo boy)

Sponsor: Sponsorship Available
Guest Speaker: BlueScope Steel CEO - Paul O’Malley
Venue: Commercial Hotel
Date: 7th September

Dubbo Chamber 2016 ASX200 CEO Series - Networking Breakfast

Paul O’Malley was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BlueScope Steel in 2007.

He joined BlueScope Steel as its Chief Financial Officer in December 2005. He was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of TXU Energy, a subsidiary of TXU Corp based in Dallas, Texas, and held other senior management roles within TXU. Before joining TXU, he worked in investment banking and consulting.

Paul has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Applied Finance, and is a Chartered Accountant.

Paul was born in Dubbo, New South Wales. He and his wife Catherine have a daughter and three sons. Paul enjoys spending time with his family, cycling and watching rugby union.

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Women In Business Luncheon - Victoria Carey


Sponsor: Love Merino
Guest Speaker: Victoria Carey
Venue: Milestone Hotel
Date: 13th September

Women In Business Luncheon - Victoria Carey

Victoria Carey is the editor-in-chief of Country Style magazine and Home Life.

Victoria has also led a diverse expansion of the brand to book publishing, social media, merchandise and both high profile and community events such as the Country Chef of the Year Awards and Harvest Table, which encourages children and school communities to grow and cook their own produce. She has delivered both a finely crafted editorial and branded product with incredible audience engagement, and all with commercial acumen.

2014 Editor of the Year finalist at the Australian Magazine Awards for Vogue Living and Country Style. 2013 Awarded Editor of the Year at the Publishers Australia Awards. 2013 Editor of the Year runner up 2014 Australian Magazine Awards. 2012 Editor of the Year finalist Publishers Australia Awards 2011 Editor of the Year runner up Publishers Australia Awards.

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Dubbo Chamber Board Changes

Last Newsletter we mentioned we have two new Board members who have joined in the last month. Ben Thomson (Dubbo City Toyota) and Danny Hile (Prime7 TV).

Also joining the Board recently is Shelvin Narayan (AON). Welcome aBoard Shelvin!



Regional Australia Bank 2016 Rhino Awards - a new name!

Our naming rights sponsor - has a new name! Orana Mutual is now Regional Australia Bank.

Why did they change their name? You’ll just have to read about it here: Regional Australia Bank FAQ

We would like to mention some new sponsors who have joined the Rhinos this year:

  • Access Group Training
  • ESP Accounting
  • Garian Foods
  • Real Pet Food Company
  • Touch of Beauty (now a Platinum sponsor)
  • DESS

Peoples Choice Awards - Voting Closes August 31

Last week to cast your vote for the 2016 People’s Choice Awards.

Rhino Awards Cocktail Night - September 21

Find out if you or your business is a finalist in the Regional Australia Bank 2016 Dubbo Chamber of Commerce Rhino Awards by attending this years’ Cocktail Night!

It’s another exciting year for the Rhino Awards as we celebrate and recognise business excellence in Dubbo. Be a part of Dubbo’s history as we showcase and celebrate the success of Dubbo’s finest businesses and individual professionals. Canapés, cocktails and entertainment will be provided on the night.

More Info & Book Now


Rhino Awards Sponsorships Available.

We still have some sponsorship opportunities available for the 2016 Rhino Awards. Our sponsorship packages start from just $660, up to $6600 for a Platinum Sponsor of a particular award. You get great exposure across our website, newsletter, Facebook etc for the year. Plus many more benefits depending on your level. Sooner you sign up - the longer the benefits.

If you or your business would like to be involved with this years awards there are still some opportunities. Contact Toni Beatty at Chamber or visit our Rhino Sponsors Page on our website to download a Sponsorship Proposal.



Chambers of Commerce meet again.

Following on from the inaugural joint meeting of the Wellington Business Chamber and Dubbo Chamber of Commerce and Industry on June 6, board representatives from both chambers met again on August 8.

Meeting at Geurie the agenda focused on further discussing selected items drawn from the first meeting. The whole idea of the meeting arose following the forced amalgamation of the two councils in May and a commitment from the business community to ‘get on with it.’

In a statement issued by the presidents of both Chambers, Emily Falson (Wellington) and Matt Wright (Dubbo), “Businesses in Wellington and Dubbo are doing what they do best, getting on with business.”

The first point of discussion centred around the naming of the new council. After some discussion it was mutually agreed to disagree on the naming. Dubbo representatives shared that at its July board meeting support was given to the name Dubbo Regional Council.

The meeting then focused on business promotion across Dubbo and Wellington. With Christmas only a few months away discussions are planned with the new council along the lines of shop local campaigns. Both Dubbo and Wellington have history of success with such activity in the past.

The Rhino Awards also came up for discussion with matters like eligibility to enter, what, if any geographical boundaries should apply. It was noted that preparations for the annual Rhino awards commence in March each year. Accordingly, it was not possible to pursue the matter further for the 2016 awards. It is proposed that the 2017 Rhino awards committee pursue this matter with regards to Wellington and Dubbo participation.

There was some discussion on member benefits and the possibility of both discerning more of what members want and how best collaboration could benefit members from both chambers. Events such as CEO breakfast series, Women in Business, educational opportunities and other networking events were named as a few.

It was agreed that there would be an exchange of information on newsletters and website development including member advertising opportunities.



Short Notes:

Webinar - How to make the most of your Chamber membership - Sept 6
As a valued member of NSW Business Chamber, we would like to invite you to our member webinar to ensure you get the most out of your membership.

  • Understand how we can assist our members maximise their business potential
  • How we can assist in increasing your productivity and profitability
  • Meet our legal advice & marking advice team
  • Understand how we can assist business to business connections
  • Explain our State wide Business Awards programs
  • and more

Tuesday 6th September, 12–1pm. Register Here - FREE

NSW BC Business Conditions Survey - June 2016 Results
NSW Business Chamber recently released the results of our June 2016 edition of the quarterly Business Conditions Survey. The Business Conditions Survey is a powerful advocacy tool that the Chamber uses as it fights for a better deal for business.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Due to last year’s great success, our Smile. it’s Christmas program will be back in 2016 to help shower Dubbo with festive cheer. smile. it’s Christmas in 2016 will include:

  • CBD Elf 12 days of Christmas giveaways;
  • Shop front window display competition
  • Complimentary Smile. it’s Christmas stickers for all participating businesses
  • CBD lighting activation
  • Christmas street flags
  • Musicians, family activities, photo boards, chill out zones and much more.

If you would like to know more and register your interest in getting involved contact dubboignite@dubbo.nsw.gov.au


Members Events & Promotions


FISIQUE - 5 Minutes to Better Productivity

Healthier habits in the workplace can evolve from the smallest of suggestions, I am offering to members of the Dubbo Chamber of Commerce two beautifully presented posters. Each poster comes with simple and clear information on steps to take to start improving the health and increase the energy levels of your staff.

Download your copy today


Prime7 & CSC Church St. Cafe team up !

You may have spent the odd lazy Friday night, curled up on the lounge, watching Fast Ed whip up a few sweet treats on Better Homes and Gardens. It’s an old favourite that’s still enjoyed by many locals.

Now you can indulge in another Dubbo favourite: Delicious tapas, pizzas, desserts and star treatment at Church St Café. Best of all, it’s our shout!.

All you need to do to qualify is start a new account with Prime 7 and spend $2,000 or more on advertising during August and September. Start advertising with Dubbo’s number one television station and join us for some VIP treatment at Church St Cafe’s anniversary dinner in October.

This offer is strictly limited to the first 6 people to claim, so email Danny Hile today or call (02) 68811772. T&C’s apply and are available on request.


AusClicks & Google AdWords

Have you tried using Google AdWords to promote your business and services to people searching on Google? Over the last ten years it’s proven to be one of the most cost effective ways to reach people exactly when they are searching for what you have to offer.

AusClicks is Dubbo’s only Certified Google AdWords Partner. If you would like some help managing your AdWords account, or would just like a “second opinion” review, get in touch with Michael Quinn @ AusClicks.

Look out for our AdWords Workshop for New Clients in October - limited places on offer.



NSW Business Chamber

All Dubbo Chamber of Commerce members get affiliate membership with NSW BC at no extra cost.

NSW BC Workplace Update Workshop 2016 - October 19

The NSW Business Chamber Workplace Updates provides business with practical advice to assist navigating you through the complex maze of workplace laws. This is a must attend event for anyone who is responsible for the supervision of employees. Our Workplace Relations experts will discuss the implications for your business of recent decisions and will provide you with an understanding on how to manage workplace risks in your business.

This includes:

  • Social Media in the workplace and how to deal with it
  • Performance appraisals and why you should use them
  • Letters of appointment and why they are necessary
  • The small business code for unfair dismissal
  • General protections and workplace rights
  • Serious misconduct
  • Absenteeism
  • Drugs and alcohol in the workplace

This Workplace Update is FREE for all Dubbo Chamber Members.

October 19. 2–4pm. Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo.

RSVP via website or call 13 26 96

Upcoming NSW BC Webinars

Date Webinar
Sep.6 How to make the most of your NSW Business Chamber membership
Sep.20 Planning content like a newsroom – Publishing lessons from real life journalists
NSWBC More info & registration


Dubbo Chamber Business Event Calendar - Save The Dates

Date Dubbo Event
Aug.27 Dubbo Sustainable City Expo & Science Festival
Aug.31 People’s Choice voting closes.
Sep.2 Close of Rhino Award Judging.
Sept.07 Chamber Breakfast - BlueSteel CEO - Paul O’Malley
Sept.13 Women In Business Luncheon - Victoria Carey
Sept.21 Rhino Sponsors Cocktail Party - Finalists Announced
Oct.05 Chamber Breakfast - Telstra CEO
Oct.19 NSW BC Workplace Update Workshop
Oct.21 Rhino Awards Gala Night
Oct.22 Dubbo DREAM Festival
Oct.27 ARTLANDS Dubbo - October 27–30
Nov.9 Chamber Breakfast - TBC
Dec.1 Chamber ASX200 Breakfast - JB Hi-Fi CEO, Richard Murray
Dec.8 Chamber Presidents Xmas Drinks (TBC)

*More info on the Dubbo Chamber Business Events Calendar

Got something to promote to Dubbo Chamber Members?

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The Dubbo Chamber Newsletter has a subscription base of 600+ and growing.

Please provide the written copy, 75–100 words max. Plus relevant details such as Date, Time, Pricing, URL etc. Please don’t send in a graphic that we need to spend time typing out. We can link to your website, Facebook event page etc, so we don’t need every single detail for the newsletter.

Please allow a minimum of 21 days for events, promotions etc.


Join the Dubbo Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc.

Have you renewed your Dubbo Chamber Membership for 2016 - or still thinking about joining?

Contact our members services officer, Toni Beatty, to discuss joining the Dubbo Chamber.

Have you or your business changed your contact information recently? Check our Members Directory to make sure your info is up to date. Contact Toni Beatty with any changes.


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