AwardsAnnual 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.
As part of the presentation, winners are gifted a framed image that outlines why they have been awarded, as well as a print of The Summer House, by E.Hilda Rix-Nicholas The painting measures 81.3 cm by 89.1 cm and was painted on a property in the Monara District in about 1931. The original painting was purchased in 1976 by the Newcastle Business Club and presented to Newcastle Region Art Gallery for the benefit of the people of the region. It is a lasting gift to mark the inauguration of the Annual Award to an individual and/or organisation from the region who (or which) has made a major contribution to the commonweal of the city.
OUR NEXT AWARDS LUNCHEON WILL BE IN 2021. OPENING OF NOMINATIONS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN 2021.
Individual: Marty Adnum
Organisation: Newy Burger Co
Youth: Irini-Stephania Kassas
Individual: Catherine Henry
Organisation: Soul Cafe
Youth: Joel Pilgram
Individual: Colin Law
Organisation: Out of the Square Media
Youth: Lloyd Valentine
Individual: Jillian Dwyer
Organisation: The Man Shake
Youth: Hanna Barry
Individual: Jon Chin
Organisation: The Mark Hughes Foundation
Youth: Chris Thornton
Organisation: Compass Housing
Youth: Andy Howard
Organisation: Maroba Caring Communities
Youth: Anthony Laskovski
Youth: Dr Rohan Walker
Organisation: Harris Wheeler Lawyers
Youth: Steph Hinds
Organisation: University of Newcastle
Organisation: Hunter Development Corporation
Organisation: Renew Newcastle
Organisation: BreastScreen NSW Hunter New England Health
Professor Trevor Waring
Organisation: Newcastle Permanent Building Society
Organisation: Newcastle Airport
Dr William Bowmore
Organisation: Piano Australia – Stuart & Sons
Organisation: Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club
Organisation: Hunter Medical Research Institute
Organisation: Newcastle Newspapers
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.