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Rhino Awards Open - Aurizon CEO Breakfast - WPRC Name Survey

Michael Quinn - Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Dubbo Chamber of Commerce

Welcome to your Dubbo Chamber Newsletter


Entries for the Orana Mutual 2016 Dubbo Chamber of Commerce Rhino Awards are now open!

You can now enter yourself or your business into the Orana Mutual 2016 Rhino Awards. Visit our Rhino Entry Page and follow the links. You will find some helpful information there too - including a video from NSWBC about what the judges are looking for.

Nominations for the Rhino Awards will now close this Friday - 15th of July, and People’s Choice Nominations close the following Friday - the 22nd. To nominate a Business or Individual (including yourself or own business) in one of the 20+ categories, visit our Rhino Website Page and click on the links - all our Nominations and Voting are online this year.

Our next ASX200 Breakfast is next Wednesday - July 20 with Lance Hockridge - CEO of Aurizon (formerly Queensland Rail). Two weeks later we welcome Westpac Bank CSO - Gary Thursby. Also in August is out next Women In Business Luncheon with Dr Geoffrey Haber. Details and bookings for all these are available on our website now.

Follow the Dubbo Chamber Facebook Page and Twitter Feed for the latest news about the Chamber and business in Dubbo.

Support Local Businesses & Services - Buy Local in Dubbo



Recent New Chamber Members 2016

Some more new members that have joined the Chamber recently.

  • Young Living Essential Oils
  • CBM Computers
  • Access Group Training
  • St. George
  • Travel Counsellors
  • East Bake
  • Prime 7

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



Chamber Breakfast: Aurizon CEO - Lance Hockridge


Sponsor: Fisique Dubbo
Guest Speaker: Aurizon (formerly Queensland Rail) CEO - Lance Hockridge
Venue: 178 Restaurant, Dubbo RSL
Date: 20th July

Dubbo Chamber 2016 ASX200 CEO Series - Networking Breakfast

Mr. Hockridge became Managing Director & CEO of Aurizon Holdings, in 2010. He has guided Aurizon’s transition to a top 50 ASX company after 145 years as a government owned railway. From 2007 until 2010, he was CEO of QR Limited which was split to form Aurizon Holdings and the passenger-focussed Queensland Rail that remained in government ownership. Mr. Hockridge has more than 30 years’ experience in the transportation and heavy industrial sectors in Australia and the United States with BHP Billiton and BlueScope Steel.

At BHP Billiton Limited, Mr. Hockridge was a member of the leadership team that led BlueScope Steel’s successful demerger from BHP and subsequent listing on the ASX. In 2005, Mr. Hockridge was appointed President of BlueScope Steel’s North American operations where he led a major turnaround in safety, production and financial performance.

Mr. Hockridge is a member of the Business Council of Australia’s Efficient Regulation policy committee and a regular participant in industry forums on transport infrastructure and reform. Mr Hockridge was appointed to Q20, the business leaders group promoting Queensland investment as part of the G20 Summit in Brisbane in November 2014.

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Chamber Breakfast: Westpac CSO - Gary Thursby

Sponsor: TBA
Guest Speaker: Westpac Chief Strategy Officer - Gary Thursby
Venue: 178 Restaurant, Dubbo RSL
Date: 3rd August

Dubbo Chamber 2016 ASX200 CEO Series - Networking Breakfast

Gary was appointed Chief Strategy Officer in February 2015. Reporting to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Gary is responsible for the development of the Group’s strategy, along with business development and mergers and acquisitions. Gary first joined Westpac in 2008 and more recently was Chief Financial Officer, Australian Financial Services, where his responsibilities included Westpac’s Australian retail banking and wealth management businesses.

Gary has a wealth of financial services experience, having held a range of senior positions across a number of financial institutions over the last 20 years. Prior to joining Westpac, he served as Chief Financial Officer, Retail Bank at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Gary commenced his career at Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu.

Gary has a Bachelor of Economics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Flinders University of South Australia and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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Survey: Western Plains Regional Council name consultation.

There has been a variety of opinions expressed on the Council name following the Proclamation. Council is undertaking a survey to determine if there is genuine community interest in and valid support for changing the name in favour of an alternative.

Have your say on the Council name today. Complete survey



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.

2016 Rhino Awards Sponsors.

We could not put on these awards without the terrific support and generosity of our sponsors - at all levels. We would like to welcome back Orana Mutual as out Naming Rights Sponsor again fro 2016.

We are fortunate to have many returning sponsors for 2016 - and some great new ones too.

[Insert Your Business Here]

Naming Rights Sponsor - Orana Mutual:

Platinum Sponsors:

  • 2DU
  • Crowe Horwath
  • Dubbo RSL
  • Mailbox Shopper
  • Milestone Hotel
  • QantasLink
  • Regional Development Australia - Orana
  • SafeWork NSW
  • Taronga Western Plains Zoo
  • The Daily Liberal
  • Transforce
  • Western College
  • Western Plains Regional Council
  • WIN TV
  • Zoo FM

Diamond Sponsors:

  • EmbroidMe Dubbo
  • Reliance IT
  • Signarama Dubbo

Gold Sponsors:

  • Barnson
  • Boyce Chartered Accountants
  • Earlyrise Baking
  • Orana Mall
  • Quest Apartments Dubbo

Silver Sponsors:

  • Bob Berry Real Estate
  • Christine’s Touch of Beauty
  • Walkom Bros
  • Western Plains Security

Media Partners:

  • 2DU
  • The Daily Liberal
  • WIN TV
  • Zoo FM


Short Notes:

NSW Tourism Awards - nominations close July 29
Led by the Tourism Industry, a division of the NSW Business Chamber and proudly supported by Destination NSW the Awards are a submission and inspection-based program that encourage businesses to meet and aim to exceed industry standards.

NSW Tourism Awards 2016

Date Event
Now Nominations open.
July.29 Nominations close.
Aug.15 Close of Submissions.
Sept.30 Announcement of Finalists.
Nov.24 Gala Night.


Members Events & Promotions


Christmas In July - Quality Inn Dubbo + Reflections Restaurant - July 23

Reflections Restaurant and Quality Inn Dubbo are once again holding their popular Christmas In July dining event.

This is always an in-demand function so please book early - tickets just $50pp if pre-purchased.

Saturday, July 23rd - details on their website. Please call 6882 4777 to enquire.



CSU Lecture Series - Bill Gammage “The Biggest Estate on Earth” - August 2

Using illustrations, this talk sketches how Aboriginal people, including Wiradjuri, managed land at the time Europeans arrived (“1788”). People allied with fire and no fire to distribute plants, and used plant distribution to locate animals, birds, reptiles and insects. Country was carefully arranged to give every species a preferred habitat according to Law, while resources were made abundant, convenient and predictable. The landscape was not natural in 1788, but made.

Bill Gammage AM is an emeritus professor in the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. He grew up in Wiradjuri country. Alongside his academic career he has written a number of books and provided historical advice on a number of documentaries and films including Peter Weir’s Gallipoli.

Free Event. Lecture Theatre 422 @ CSU Dubbo Campus. August 2nd, 6pm–7pm followed by refreshments. RSVP here



ASK Crowe Horwath - a financial problem solving tool

ASK Crowe Horwath is an online financial problem solving tool where small businesses and individuals can post questions related to financial operations, business advice and general financial-related issues that are answered by Crowe Horwath advisors.

Please feel free to check it out yourself [at this link ASK Crowe Horwath



Western College - Upcoming Vocational Courses

Western College always has vocational courses enrolling through the year. Book online or call 6884 2899 and their friendly staff can assist you.

Upcoming courses include:

  • Provide First Aid & First Aid Refresher
  • Combo Course - Traffic Controller & Implement Traffic Control Plans.
  • Coffee appreciation and Barista.
  • Construction Induction (White Card)
  • Cert II in Agriculture.
  • Photography for Beginners

For more details and to see more courses, visit the Western College website



NSW Business Chamber

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

Upcoming NSW BC Webinars

Date Webinar
Jul.19 Bridging the Gap – Securing the future value of your business
Jul.26 How to use your business culture to fight cybercrime within your organisation
Aug.2 The Why and How of Marketing Planning and Strategy
NSWBC More info & registration


Dubbo Chamber Business Event Calendar - Save The Dates

Date Dubbo Event
Jul.15 Rhino Award Nominations Close
Jul.20 Chamber ASX200 Breakfast - Aurizon CEO, Lance Hockridge
Jul.22 People’s Choice Nominations Close
Aug.1 People’s Choice voting begins.
Aug.3 Chamber ASX200 Breakfast - Westpac CSO, Gary Thursby
Aug.5 Rhino Award Entries close.
Aug.6 Rhino Award Judging begins.
Aug.17 Women In Business Luncheon - Dr Geoffrey Heber
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 - TBA
Sept.13 Women In Business Luncheon - Victoria Carey
Sept.21 Rhino Sponsors Cocktail Party - Finalists Announced
Oct.05 Chamber Breakfast - TBA
Oct.21 Rhino Awards Gala Night
Oct.22 Dubbo DREAM Festival
Oct.27 ARTLANDS Dubbo - October 27–30
Nov.9 Chamber Breakfast - Rhino Gold Winner
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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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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Michael Quinn - DCoC Website & Newsletter Editor

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