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Telstra CEO Breakfast - Rhino Finalists - NSW BC Dubbo Workshop

Michael Quinn - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Dubbo Chamber of Commerce

Welcome to your Dubbo Chamber Newsletter


  • Telstra CEO our next Chamber ASX200 Breakfast speaker.
  • Rhino Award Finalists announced.
  • NSW BC holding free Workplace Update workshop in Dubbo.
  • see below for details and more

Please note that our previously scheduled November breakfast with the 2016 Gold Rhino Winner is now scheduled for Feb 2017. In November we will be welcoming motivational speaker, Chris Helder - more information soon.

Support Local Businesses & Services - Buy Local in Dubbo



Recent New Chamber Members 2016

Some more new members that have joined the Chamber recently.

  • Opportunity Hub
  • Slater & Gordon
  • Optex Eyewear
  • Zumba With Tracy
  • Work Pack Group

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



Chamber Breakfast: Telstra CEO - Andrew Penn



Sponsor: Telstra Central West Business Centre
Guest Speaker: Telstra CEO - Andrew Penn
Venue: Savannah Room - TWPZ
Date: 5th October

Dubbo Chamber 2016 ASX200 CEO Series - Networking Breakfast

Andrew Penn became Chief Executive Officer on 1 May, 2015 after serving as Telstra’s Chief Financial Officer and Group Executive International.

Andrew is an experienced senior executive with a career spanning more than 30 years. Prior to joining Telstra, Andrew was with AXA Asia Pacific for 20 years where he held a number of positions including Group Chief Executive (2006–2011), Chief Executive Officer for Australia and New Zealand, Group Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive for Asia and spent time based in Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand and Indonesia. Under Andrew’s leadership AXA built a successful Asian platform, which was sold to its parent company in 2011 for $10.4bn.

In addition to his business activities, Andrew has contributed widely to not-for-profit and community organisations. He is Life Governor and Foundation Board member of Very Special Kids. He is also a member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Advisory Council, The Big Issue Advisory Group, and an Amy Gillet Foundation Ambassador.

He is a passionate about the visual arts and supports Telstra’s programmes with the National Gallery of Victoria, Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Art Award.

Andrew is a fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, he has an MBA from Kingston University, London and is a Graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

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Regional Australia Bank 2016 Rhino Awards - Finalists Announced

Finalists for this year Regional Australia Bank Rhino Awards were announced last week at our Rhino Awards Cocktail Party. Congratulations to everyone that made the final round - it was a very competitive year with over 100 applications from businesses.

Might be a great idea to visit some of these businesses and see what ideas you can take for your business in 2017?

Winners will be announced at our Gala Night, Friday October 21. Tickets on sale very soon.

Excellence in Small Business *

Sponsored by Crowe Horwath
  • Mary and Me
  • The Little Big Dairy Co
  • Bourke St Butchery
  • Natalie Bramble Management
  • Manera Heights Apartments

Excellence in Business * (20+)

Sponsored by Milestone Hotel
  • Transforce
  • Real Pet Food Company
  • Marathon Health
  • Access Group Training

Best New Business (Baby Rhino)

Sponsored by WIN TV
  • Marathon Health
  • Redden & Hansen Real Estate
  • Tim Morris Podiatry
  • CSC Church St Cafe

Environmental Sustainability * (Green Rhino)

Sponsored by Dubbo RSL
  • Transforce
  • Manera Heights Apartments
  • Natalie Bramble Management
  • Carlton House Childcare Centre and Preschool

Presentation and Marketing

Sponsored by Touch of Beauty
  • Natalie Bramble Management
  • Transforce
  • Bourke St Butchery
  • iKiFit SRL
  • Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre

Customer Service

Sponsored by QantasLink
  • Midwest Foods
  • Lout Performance
  • Natalie Bramble Management
  • Autobarn
  • Specsavers

Product and / or Service

Sponsored by Access Group Training
  • Dubbo Area Nursing Service
  • CSC Church St Cafe
  • JLE Electrical
  • Bourke St Butchery

Innovation *

Sponsored by RDA Orana
  • Mary and Me
  • OzArk EHM
  • Been and Cook Pty Ltd
  • Viatek

Employer of Choice *

Sponsored by Westfund Health Insurance
  • Real Pet Food Company
  • The Westhaven Association
  • Been and Cook Pty Ltd
  • Shearing Shed Motor Inn

Employee of the Year

  • Karen Bryon - Real Pet Food Company
  • Rosalind Dixon - Manera Heights Apartments
  • Que Etcell - Regand Park Early Childhood Education Centre
  • Emma Thomas - Mary & Me

Business Ethics *

Sponsored by ESP Accounting
  • Transforce
  • Dubbo Landscaping
  • Fitness Focus Dubbo
  • Carlton House Childcare Centre and Preschool

Apprentice and Trainee of the Year

  • Kaleah Crompton - Access Group Training
  • Brooke Emily Stewart - Dubbo RSL Memorial Club
  • Jack Browne - Skillset Workforce
  • Breanne Studd - Skillset Workforce

Workplace Health & Safety *

Sponsored by SafeWork NSW
  • JLE Electrical
  • Dubbo RSL Memorial Club
  • Golden West Holden

Young Entrepreneur * (18 to 35 yrs)

Sponsored by Dubbo Regional Council
  • Errin Williamson - CSC
  • Behn Monley - Dubbo Landscaping
  • Matt Hansen - Redden & Hansen Real Estate
  • David John Hughes - Mass Nutrition Dubbo

Young Business Executive * (18 to 35 yrs)

Sponsored by Real Pet Food Company
  • Sheri Carolan - Slater and Gordon Lawyers
  • Amy Whiteley - Orana Mall
  • Meg Seaman - Carlton House Childcare Centre and Preschool
  • Cristen Clark - Fitness Focus

Business Leader * (36+ yrs)

Sponsored by Dubbo Chamber of Commerce
  • Stephen Fieldus - Transforce
  • Ann-Maree Hartley - Headspace Dubbo
  • Natalie Bramble - Natalie Bramble Management
  • Natasha Comber - Dubbo Regional Council

Community Service Award

Sponsored by Regional Australia Bank
  • Marathon Health
  • The Westhaven Association
  • Titan Macquarie Mud Run
  • Natalie Bramble Management

People’s Choice Award - Dubbo’s Favourite Business

Sponsored by 2DU & Zoo FM
  • Dubbo Park Run
  • Ginas Pizza
  • SJ Shooter Real Estate
  • Mary & Me

People’s Choice Award - Service With A Smile

Sponsored by Daily Liberal
  • David Wilson - Autobarn
  • Thomas Sienkiewicz - Coles Supermarket
  • Jimmy Skordalis - Ginas Pizza
  • Olivia Price - Westhaven Association

People’s Choice Award - Dubbo’s Favourite Tradie

Sponsored by Mailbox Shoppper
  • Andrew Teuma - Andrew Teuma Landscaping
  • Dean Alley - Dean Alley Building
  • Mick Oriel - Williams Oriel Services
  • Chris Maghofer - Laser Plumbing

People’s Choice Award - Hospitality

Sponsored by Garian Foods
  • Burge’s Burger Bar
  • Old Bank Restaurant
  • CSC Church Street Cafe
  • Dahab Cafe

Winners in the starred * categories receive automatic entry into the 2017 NSW Business Chamber Central West Regional Awards - to be held in Dubbo in May 2017.



Short Notes:

Dubbo Regional Council - Event Funding
Dubbo Regional Council is now offering two channels of funding for not-for-profit events held in the Local Government Area. Applications are now open. More information

NSW BC Business Conditions Survey - September 2016
The Survey aims to provide an honest and comprehensive analysis of economic trends, opportunities and challenges for NSW businesses. This helps the Chamber to advocate for a better deal for NSW businesses. Your participation will also give you the chance to win an iPad mini 4. Take the Survey Now

Central West Pride March 2016
The Dubbo Pride Committee is proud to announce the 2nd Pride March, which celebrates and supports the diversity that exists within the Dubbo community and surrounding areas for those that identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Questioning or Asexual (LGBTIQA+). The event also coincides with Mental Health Month, an important nationally recognised event to raise awareness around the mental health issues facing the community.

The event is scheduled to take place on the 8th of October 2016, beginning at 10:30am on the Cnr of Bligh and Bultje Street, and proceeding to Macquarie Lions Park behind the Information Centre where a Community Fun Day will follow. Facebook Event Info

Webinar Replay - How to make the most of your Chamber Membership
A replay of the webinar presented in early September is now available on YouTube.



Members Events & Promotions


Cruise & Travel Expo - October 15

Travel Counsellors, Kim Rudd & Kara Rushton, are holding a Cruise & Travel Expo at the Western Plains Cultural Centre.

Come and talk to the experts from 11am till 3pm - Saturday, October 15.

  • River & Ocean Cruising.
  • Adventure, Luxury and Small Ship Cruises.
  • Familes - Groups - Couples.

Prize draw - win a Fuji Cruise for 2. Plus free giveaways and specials on the day.

For more information, contact Kim Rudd - 0415 725 814



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
Oct.4 Powerful strategies to increase your membership
Oct.11 Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace
NSWBC More info & registration


Dubbo Chamber Business Event Calendar - Save The Dates

Date Dubbo Event
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.16 Chamber Breakfast - Motivational Speaker Chris Helder
Dec.7 Chamber ASX200 Breakfast - JB Hi-Fi CEO, Richard Murray
Dec.8 Chamber Presidents Xmas Drinks (TBC)
Feb.8 Chamber Breakfast - 2016 Gold Rhino Winner

*More info on the Dubbo Chamber Business Events Calendar

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2016/18 September 28. ba de ya


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