Awards

Annual awards recognise significant contributions

The Newcastle Business Club Annual Awards recognise a younger (under 35) person, an individual and a company/organisation each year who have made a significant contribution toward the commonweal of Newcastle and the Hunter Region. Whether that is through the improvement of industry, culture, education, sport or the overall commonweal of the citizens of Newcastle.

 

Hunter Diversity Awards (The Equal Futures Project)

The Hunter Diversity Awards is an initiative of the Equal Futures Project – a local group of business leaders dedicated to raising awareness and funds that will facilitate gender equity in the region.

In their fourth year, the awards aim to recognise and celebrate the diversity champions among us, those who have discovered what works in making their organisation and/or community a fairer, more equitable and more successful place to live and work.

In 2018 Newcastle Business Club collaborated with The Equal Futures Project to deliver the awards.

 

 

Past Winners

2018
Individual: Colin Law
Organisation: Out of the Square Media
Youth: Lloyd Valentine
Diversity Individual: Deirdra Tindale
Diversity Organisation: AECOM

2017
Individual: Jillian Dwyer
Organisation: The Man Shake
Youth: Hanna Barry

2016
Individual: Jon Chin
Organisation: The Mark Hughes Foundation
Youth: Chris Thornton

2015
Keith Stronach
Organisation: Compass Housing
Youth: Andy Howard

2014
Neil Slater
Organisation: Maroba Caring Communities
Youth: Anthony Laskovski

2013
WEJ Paradice
Youth: Dr Rohan Walker
Organisation: Harris Wheeler Lawyers

2012
John Coyle
Youth: Steph Hinds
Organisation: University of Newcastle

2011
Mike Rabbitt
Organisation: Hunter Development Corporation

2010
Rhonda Scruton
Organisation: Renew Newcastle

2009
Eddie Cross
Organisation: BreastScreen NSW Hunter New England Health

2008
Professor Trevor Waring
Organisation: Newcastle Permanent Building Society

2007
Warren Smith
Organisation: Newcastle Airport

2006
Dr William Bowmore
Organisation: Piano Australia – Stuart & Sons

2005
Lee Shearer
Organisation: HunterValleyGardens

2004
Roy Watson
Organisation: Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club

2003
Adele Saunders
Organisation: Hunter Medical Research Institute

2002
Frank Rigby
Organisation: Newcastle Newspapers

2001
Yahoo Serious
Organisation: Radio 2NC 1233

2000 Newcastle’s Famous Tram

1999 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

1998 Tyrrells Wines

1997 Newcastle Knights

1996 Port Waratah Coal Services

1995 John McNaughton and Margaret McNaughton

1994 Cowan Manufacturing

1993 Ampcontrol Pty Limited

1992 Tomago Aluminium

1991 Faculty of Medicine, University of Newcastle

1990 Newcastle Knights

1989 AWS Frigate Consortium and Support Group

1988 Newcastle City Council

1987 Richard Owens

1986 Dart Australia Pty Limited

1985 BHP Limited

1984 Newcastle Permanent Building Society

1983 Howard Smith Limited

1982 Professor Cyril Renwick

1981 Carrington Slipways Pty Limited

1980 NBN Television

1979 Alex Young

1978 KB United Soccer Club

1977 Eric Lingard

 

History of the Awards

In 1975 Newcastle Business Club recognised that there were many organisations and individuals that were making significant contributions to the region.

That year, under the Presidency of David Le Marchant, and with the assistance of John McNaughton and Cliff McDonald – the Club decided to make an annual award to a business, organisation or an individual who had made a significant contribution toward the improvement of industry, culture, education, sport or the wellbeing or commonweal of the citizens of the city of Newcastle.

In the same year, the Newcastle Region Art Gallery project was underway and the Club decided to make a presentation to the Gallery of a major work of art titled “The Summerhouse” by Hilda Rix-Nicholas.

The painting remains an integral part of the Club’s award process. Each year the award recipient is provided with a framed award, which includes a miniature copy of the Rix-Nicholas Summer House painting.

The painting symbolises a commitment by this Club and its members to the people of this region and importantly helps us to keep a strong tradition of recognising those who have contributed to the commonweal of the city.

In 2012, under the Presidency of Daniel Quinn and with the assistance of committee member Greg Valentine, the Club also decided to introduce a Youth award, to recognise young people who are striving to make a difference in our community.

In 2018, under the Presidency of Holly Martin, the Club collaborated with The Equal Futures Project to deliver the Hunter Diversity Awards.