Kar­ratha busi­nesses re­cieve aco­lades

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Perera

It was a night for the quiet achiev­ers of Kar­ratha’s busi­ness com­mu­nity at the 2018 Kar­ratha and Dis­tricts Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards, with small com­pa­nies in sec­tors such as con­tract­ing, hos­pi­tal­ity and re­tail the stars at the event.

With a Roar­ing Twen­ties theme, about 250 peo­ple dressed in their best Gatsby-era garb and headed to the Tam­brey Func­tion Cen­tre on Satur­day night to see lo­cal busi­nesses ac­knowl­edged across 16 awards cat­e­gories.

The win­ner of the night’s big busi­ness of the year gong was min­ing con­trac­tor NEMMS JV (Nyiya­parli Engi­neer­ing and Min­ing Main­te­nance Ser­vices), which also col­lected the prize for best Abo­rig­i­nal busi­ness and was highly com­mended in the best busi­ness (20+ em­ploy­ees) cat­e­gory.

It was the first KDCCI award win for the com­pany.

Di­rec­tor Bruce Bung said the 50 per cent in­dige­nous-owned joint ven­ture, which has an of­fice in Dampier and con­tracts with ma­jor re­sources com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Fortes­cue Met­als Group and Wood­side, had come a long way in its about seven years of op­er­a­tion through per­se­ver­ance and ap­proach­ing growth “one step at a time”.

“We only started up a short time ago and so we’ve come a long way in that time, and we will con­tinue to do our best,” he said.

“I think it’s a very good achieve­ment for the com­pany all round.”

Soul Cafe co-owner and Blue Bean­ies project co-founder David Heath­wood took home the busi­ness leader of the year award for his work in grow­ing the hos­pi­tal­ity busi­ness and sup­port­ing young peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

Other ma­jor award win­ners in­cluded Im­pact Me­dia’s Ta­mara Bi­na­mat for busi­ness­woman of the year, Ja­son Hunter for young/ small busi­ness achiever and EPIC for best com­mu­nity ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tion.

EPIC and Bulla Baby were the night’s only tied win­ners, in the cat­e­gory of best cus­tomer ser­vice, and KFC Kar­ratha won its first KDCCI award for best fran­chise busi­ness.

KDCCI chief ex­ec­u­tive Ky­lah Mor­ri­son said a more di­verse range of busi­nesses had en­tered, and in many cases won, this year’s awards com­pared to the last few years and it was good to see them recog­nised for their achieve­ments.

“There were some re­ally hum­ble win­ners that per­haps wouldn’t have nor­mally put them­selves for­ward, but have gone through the process this year and ended up win­ning awards,” she said.

“I think that’s a real tes­ta­ment to the work that they have put into their busi­nesses and the out­comes that they’re achiev­ing, espe­cially NEMMS JV with their in­dige­nous engagement and David Heath­wood for his in­cred­i­ble work in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

The KDCCI re­ceived about 45 nom­i­na­tions for the awards.

Awards were also pre­sented to the best-dressed — Phil Brown, David Tay­lor and Sarah Win­field.

The theme was aided by a sump­tu­ous venue by Wrapped Cre­ations and a Charleston-in­spired dance num­ber by Dance FX.

The NEMMS JV team, whose com­pany won busi­ness of the year, and spon­sor rep­re­sen­ta­tive KBSS gen­eral­man­ager Cory By­ers, rear left.

Busi­ness leader of the year win­ner David Heath­wood and spon­sor rep­re­sen­ta­tive Civeo man­ager of com­mu­nity re­la­tions and stake­hold­ers Liz Clark.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Perera

Ta­mara Bi­na­mat and Jes­sica Far­rell.

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