2014 Rhino Finalists, Event Network

2014 Rhino Finalists, Event Network

- Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Welcome to your Dubbo Chamber Newsletter!

Lots of news and updates for this week. We are finalising Rhino Awards tickets and should have those details out very soon.

The Dubbo Chamber AGM is coming up soon too on December 9th. In the next few weeks you will be able to nominate to election to the Board for 2015. As a first year Board member I have found it very interesting and worthwhile doing - all going well I should be back for another year. If your interested - seek out and talk to one of the current Board members about what’s involved and nominate yourself. It’s your Chamber and the decisions are made by those that turn up.

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

2014 Rhino Awards Finalists Announced

A reminder of the finalists for the Orana Mutual 2014 Rhino Awards.

The winners in eight categories in this year’s Rhino Awards will gain automatic entry into the 2015 NSW Business Chamber Regional Business Awards (Central West).

As well as 20 Silver Rhino Awards, the Chamber will present the annual Jean Emile Serisier Roll of Honour and the Gold Rhino Award at the gala presentation evening at Dubbo RSL Club on Friday 24 October.

Tickets will be on sale very soon. Look out for a special Newsletter, or check our website / Facebook page.

Category (Sponsor) Finalists
Apprentice of the Year Ryan Rooke (EMS Group)
Australian Business Apprenticeships Centre Anthony Williams (Kitchens and Renovations Concepts)
Best New Business (Baby Rhino) Dubbo Landscaping
WIN Television Red Dirt Camping
Fitness Focus Dubbo
Central West Lifestyle
Business Leader (Age 36+) Kelly Taylor (A One Stress Relievers)
Dubbo Chamber Clare Wagner (Crowe Howarth)
Michael Adams (Golden West Holden)
Jenny Beange (Western NSW Medical Local)
Anthony Chapman (Western Plains Real Estate)
Employee of the Year Georgia Hardin (Century 21 Golden West)
Australian Business Apprenticeships Centre .
Employer of Choice Regand Park Early Childhood Education Centre
Western College Orana Gardens Child Care Centre
Orana Early Childhood Intervention
EMS Group
Dubbo RSL Memorial Club
Crowe Horwath
Excellence in Business Ethics Century 21 Golden West
Dubbo Chamber Kitchen and Renovation Concepts
Orana Conveyancing
Rainbow Cottage Child Care Centre
Trike Adventures
Western Xpress Printing
Excellence in Customer Service Western Xpress Printing
Inland Petroleum Trike Adventures
Paradise Fresh
Orana Mall Pharmacy
Orana Conveyancing
Kustom Kitchens & Joinery
Kitchen and Renovation Concepts
Dubbo RSL Memorial Club
Excellence in Hospitality Thar Indian Cuisine
Midwest Foods -
Excellence in Innovation Kitchen and Renovation Concepts
Viatek Regand Park Early Childhood Education Centre
Thar Indian Cuisine
Western Plains Real Estate
Western Plains Security & Locksmiths
Excellence in Presentation and Marketing Western Plains Security & Locksmiths
Dubbo RSL Memorial Club Western Plains Real Estate
Trike Adventures
Regand Park Early Childhood Education Centre
Kustom Kitchens & Joinery
Imajenit Commercial Photography
Fitness Focus Dubbo
Excellence in Products and/or Service Dubbo RSL Aquatic & Health club
Travel Beyond Group Kitchen and Renovation Concepts
Orana Early Childhood Intervention
The Westhaven Association
Trike Adventures
Western Plains Security & Locksmiths
Excellence in Small Business (<20 full time) Western Xpress Printing
Crowe Horwath Trike Adventures
Orana Early Childhood Intervention
Kustom Kitchens & Joinery
Kitchen and Renovation Concepts
EMS Group
Excellence in Sustainability Dubbo RSL Memorial Club
Transforce Kustom Kitchens & Joinery
Regand Park Early Childhood Education Centre
Excellence in Work Health and Safety Western Plains Security & Locksmiths
NSW Workcover Regand Park Early Childhood Education Centre
Dubbo RSL Memorial Club
Trainee of the Year Johanne Hobday (ESP Accounting)
Australian Business Apprenticeships Centre Ben Keller (Century 21 Golden West)
Young Business Executive (Age 18–35) Lee Bayliss (Kitchen and Renovation Concepts)
Dubbo City Council Paige Webber (Dubbo RSL Memorial Club)
Tom Larkin (Crowe Horwath)
Young Entrepreneur (Age 18–35) Abraham Damen (Kitchen and Renovation Concepts)
Dubbo City Council Tom Cavanagh (EMS Group)
Ben Dietrich (Kustom Kitchens & Joinery)
Andrew Bassett (Fitness Focus Dubbo)
Dubbo’s Favourite Tradie Ian Grattan (GPS plumbing)
Mailbox Shopper Brad Acheson (Brad Acheson Building)
Cameron Porter (Porters Plumbing)
Geoff Nicolson (Switch Electrical)
Matt Diamond (Matt Diamond Plumbing)
Matthew Laws (Matthew Laws Floor & Wall Tiler)
Pat O’Dea (Astleys Plumbing & Hardware)
Steven Gower (Gower Carpet Cleaning)
Service with a Smile Ian Grattan (GPS plumbing)
Daily Liberal Vicki Owers (Inland Petroleum)
Tiffany Rea (FlourishFM)
Marley Khattab (Dahab Cafe)
Justine Richards (Justine Richards)
Gina Skordalis (Gina’s Pizza’s)
Anthony Chapman (Western Plains Real Estate)
Andrew Bassett (Fitness Focus Dubbo)
People’s Choice Award Fitness Focus Dubbo
2DU/Zoo FM Western Plains Real Estate
The Fast Lane
Regand Park Childcare Centre
Kings Hall Jewelers
Dahab Café
Astleys Plumbing & Hardware

Orana Mutual Community Partnership Awards

A big thanks to our local Orana Mutual who presented Dubbo Chamber of Commerce a cheque for being a values part of the community at their awards presentation.

Many other local organisations were also recognised and we hope to have a more detailed report in the next Newsletter.

Thanks Orana Mutual.

Dubbo Event Network Update

The Dubbo Event Network held another very positive meeting this month with 16 people attending, sharing ideas, information and outcomes.

Highlights from the meeting included:

  • Exciting news about an event planned to help the City commemorate ANZAC Day in 2015
  • Opportunity to help out at the DREAM Festival – 2 hour rotational volunteer program
  • An update from Peter Judd regarding the NYE event
  • Next Old Dubbo Goal event – Halloween Horror Night
  • Country Music Festival planned for Easter 2015
  • Black Dog Ride – 22 March 2015
  • Event Development Fund - $1001 or more
  • Event Attraction – Hilltop Hoods

Next meeting is in November TBA. For more information contact Lana Willetts at Dubbo City Council. 02 6801 4451.

Regional Development Australia: Orana NSW Workshop

You are invited to attend a workshop to share your views on workforce issues and shape the future of the Orana region. Download more information here

Attend and discuss:

  • Any barriers you face in employing people with the right skills and attitude to grow your business
  • Current and future workforce demand in the Orana region and the extent to which, the region can meet the demand
  • Strategies for recruitment and retention of workers
  • What strategies might best position the Orana region to take advantage of current and future opportunities

Dubbo Workshop: 2–5pm Wednesday 15th October 2014. TAFE Western, Myall St, A Block Library. Register Here

Recent New Chamber Members 2014

Some more new members that have joined the Chamber recently.

Welcome to them all - please support your fellow members.

Short Notes:

Board Table & 15 Chairs For Sale
Dubbo Chamber is moving our offices soon and we no longer need our board table and chairs. If your interested in buying them, contact Toni Beatty on 6884 4883 asap.

Graffiti Removal Day
Graffiti Removal Day is being held on 26th October 2014 and they are currently encouraging members of the public to volunteer to work on the day as well as nominate sites that require cleaning.

Funding for Council’s Event Support and Development Program now open Applications for funding for $1001 or more are now invited from event organisers seeking assistance from Dubbo City Council via its Event Support and Development Program for events to be held in 2015. Applications close November 7.

NSW Young Achiever Awards
The NSW / ACT Young Achiever Awards highlight and reward the valuable contribution our outstanding youth make towards building stronger local communities and a vibrant state. Nominate an outstanding Young Achiever today between the ages of 12 and 28 in a variety of fields of endeavour! Nominations close December 4th, 2014.

Members Blasts

Macquarie Credit Union 2014 DREAM Festival - Oct 13–25

The Macquarie Credit Union 2014 DREAM Festival details have been announced:

Dubbo Regional Entertainment Arts & Music (DREAM) Festival is community festival that welcomes everyone; embraces our regions many facets and grows as we celebrate our region. Each festival brings a series of entertainment, theatre, dance, visual arts, music and outdoor events from local and professional groups and artists.

Date DREAM Event
May through to November DREAM Fine Dining Dinners
Saturday, 18 October Little DREAMers
Saturday, 18 October DREAM Dance Challenge
Sunday, 19 October DREAM Dance Workshops
15 to 24 October DREAM Lantern Making Workshops
Friday, 24 October DREAM Theatre ‘Reception: The Musical’
Saturday, 25 October DREAM Twilight Markets & Dubbo RSL Club Resort ’Illuminate’ cube bar
Saturday, 25 October DREAM Lantern Parade

Break Through Solutions Dubbo

Break Thru People Solutions in Dubbo strives to assist jobseekers and businesses to come together and improve the level of workplace engagement for people with a disability.

For some people, just 8 hours of work a week can make a huge difference to their lives and to their sense of being a part of the community.

Break Thru has a range of support and assistance they can provide to businesses, so for more information, contact David Floyd on 6884 5151 to arrange a visit to your business.

Energy Management Basics Training

Limited places – book early! This is a practical and interactive course to assist businesses to understand their energy use, use energy more efficiently and to identify funding and support opportunities. Any sized business welcome. Usual eligibility criteria to participate is being wavered for these sessions. Solar for business will also be covered.

Dubbo dates are Thursday & Friday, 13th & 14th of November.

EMS Group - Tri for Charity Triathlon - Nov 22

The Tri for Charity is an event for teams of 3 to take part in a short triathlon to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation!

Businesses are encouraged to enter mixed teams and bring along family & friends to support them on the day!

EMS are also looking for Dubbo Businesses to donate some prizes.

See the above link for more information or visit their Tri for Charity Facebook Page. For more information for business involvement, contact Kathryn Taylor at EMS: 02 6884 4408

Seed Business Solutions

Staff issues keeping you awake at night?

Can’t keep good staff?

Not sure if your policies provide you with adequate protection?

Human Resources and Workplace Health and Safety

We help manage your HR & WHS compliance obligations in structured and stress free way by:

  • Keeping up with changing legislation
  • Reducing your staff turnover
  • Preparing policies and procedures that protect your business (our policies have legal backing).

Not sure if you need help? Until November 30, 2014, Seed Business Solutions is offering a Human Resources audit/review valued at $999 for the special offer of $440.

Call today and book a consultation and report. 02 80061910.

DJ and Live Music Dubbo

DJ and Live Music Dubbo provide professional Live Music, DJ and Karaoke Entertainment throughout NSW.

In addition DJ and Live Music Dubbo provide Audio & Visual hire, Portable karaoke equipment hire & sales, Venue Enhancements & Special Effects, Public Address & Audio Technician hire.

DJ and Live Music Dubbo has a dedicated and experienced team of DJ’s and Musicians specialising in providing professional entertainment at formal functions which include Weddings, Debutante Balls & formal dances, Corporate/Business functions etc.

In addition to entertaining at formal functions, DJ and Live Music Dubbo provide regular Live Music, Karaoke and DJ Entertainment at a range of Licensed hotel venues and small private functions including Party’s, Birthdays, reunions etc.

For Further Details Contact Johnny Wood Phone: 0427 855 113

NSW Business Chamber

Did you know all Dubbo Chamber of Commerce members also get affiliate membership with NSW BC?

Upcoming NSW BC Webinars

Date Webinar
Oct 14 HRAdvance Webinar on Leave
Oct 21 How to step up and overcome your fears using the power of the media
Oct 23 WorkplaceInfo Webinar on Leave
Oct 24 Marketing for Manufacturers
Nov 5 Understanding the Middle East
Nov 26 WorkplaceInfo Webinar on The Human Factor
Dec 2 HRAdvance Webinar on Leaving
Dec 3 WorkplaceInfo Webinar on Leaving
Dec 10 HR - WHS issues Drugs and alcohol policy
NSW BC For more information & webinar registration

For Your Diary - Save The Dates

For more details and events, please see the Dubbo Chamber Business Events Calendar.

Date Dubbo Event
Oct 13–25 Dubbo Dream Festival
Oct 24 Orana Mutual 2014 Rhino Awards Gala Dinner
Nov 5 Chamber Breakfast
Dec 3 Chamber Breakfast - Gold Rhino Award Winner
Dec 9 Dubbo Chamber AGM

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