North West achiev­ers draw award ac­claim

Broome Advertiser - - News - Robert Dougherty

High-fly­ers and un­sung he­roes of the Kim­ber­ley were recog­nised at a re­cent gala awards night in Perth.

The win­ners at­tended the Western Aus­tralian Re­gional Achieve­ment and Com­mu­nity Awards, which cel­e­brate the con­tri­bu­tions of in­di­vid­u­als, com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses.

Derby-based Wat­tnow Elec­tri­cal scooped the Prime Su­per Busi­ness Achieve­ment Award for ex­pand­ing its work­force from two to 12, and in­creas­ing rev­enue by more than 450 per cent.

All this was achieved while the com­pany sup­ported lo­cal sport­ing teams and pro­vided free elec­tri­cal work for a women’s shel­ter in the town. Wat­tnow Elec­tri­cal founder and direc­tor Jonathan Smith said it was a great night for re­gional busi­nesses.

“It was a great night for us, a big hon­our for busi­ness achieve­ment in re­mote lo­ca­tions — goes to show we are kick­ing goals where it counts,” he said.

“We pride our­selves on mak­ing sure ev­ery­thing is done to a high stan­dard and em­ploy­ees are very well trained in reg­u­la­tions.”

Dur­ing the night, Broome’s Kyle An­drews Foun­da­tion scooped the RAC Vol­un­teer­ing Award in recog­ni­tion of their events such as camps, fam­ily hol­i­days and the an­nual Ca­ble Beach walk for chil­dren with can­cer, in hon­our of Broome boy, Kyle An­drews, who lost his bat­tle with can­cer at the age of 11.

An­drews foun­da­tion chair­man Matt Sear said it was ex­cel­lent recog­ni­tion for the foun­da­tion.

“I think it’s fan­tas­tic, it’s good ex­po­sure for cause and foun­da­tion,” he said.

“We do have plans to tap into the Perth mar­ket, of the 300 kids who’ve come through the foun­da­tion around 90 per cent live in Perth.

“It’s great for the peo­ple that put in the hard yards who have re­ceived recog­ni­tion of their ef­forts.”

Other North West win­ners in­cluded the De­vel­op­ment of North­ern Re­gional WA Award won by Pil­bara Meta Maya Re­gional Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion of Wedge­field, Lead­er­ship and In­no­va­tion Award col­lected by South Hed­land’s Dr John van Bock­xmeer and World­wide Sports Award won by Port Hed­land’s Nathan Groch.

Pic­ture: Fahm Photography

The Western Aus­tralian Re­gional Achieve­ment and Com­mu­nity Awards win­ners at their gala pre­sen­ta­tion night on Oc­to­ber 20.

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