From the president - June 2023

February 2, 2024

And the winner is….

Saturday 20th May we held the 2023 Coastline Credit Union Great Port Macquarie Business Awards. Our theme this year was “Heart of the Hastings “wordas Business pumps the lifeblood that keeps a town pumping.

Please join me in congratulating the following winning businesses

  1. Accommodation– Mantra The Observatory
  2. Automotive Services -Get Detailed by Joseph
  3. Childcare, Education & Training– The Nature School
  4. Community & Social Services – Liberty Domestic & Family Violence Specialist Services
  5. Construction – Pycon Homes
  6. Creative Services & Communications– Lucy Humphries Photography
  7. Financial Services–  Mortgage Choice – Kelly Carter
  8. Food Production & Catering -Char Bar Catering
  9. Hair & Beauty Services– Plum Studio
  10. Health & Wellbeing -Port Medical Aesthetics Clinic
  11. Hotels, Clubs & Bars – Port City Bowling Club
  12. Industry, Manufacturing & Engineering– BeautPress Pty Ltd t/as Port City Steel
  13. New Business -Amegilla Studios
  14. Professional & Business Services (5 or less employees)– Belle Property
  15. Professional & Business Services (6 or more employees)– Men And Women At Work
  16. Restaurants & Cafes -The Chip Shop
  17. Retail (5 or less employees) -Mid Coast Uniform Solutions
  18. Retail (6 or more employees) – Hastings Co-operative Ltd
  19. Tourism & Attractions – Arts & Health Australia / Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail
  20. People’s Choice – Any Occasion Cakes & Party Food
  21. Woman in Business (HBWN) Jo Hollis- Disability Plan Management
  22. Community Impact Award – To Create a World Worth Living In –   Self Seen
  23. Excellence in Work Health & Safety -Mantra The Observatory
  24. Outstanding Employee– Claire Mathews – Colourworks Australia
  25. Outstanding Young Business Leader -Willow Rissel – brows by willow
  26. Outstanding Business Leader – Catherine Shaw – The Nature School
  27. Employer of Choice – Under 20 Employees– Port Medical Aesthetics Clinic
  28. Employer of Choice – Over 20 Employees– All Disability Plan Management
  29. Excellence in Innovation -Port Medical Aesthetics Clinic
  30. Outstanding Community Organisation – Liberty Domestic & Family Violence Specialist Services
  31. Excellence in Micro Business -Mid Coast Uniform Solutions
  32. Excellence in Small Business – Thrumster Business Park
  33. Excellence in Large Business -Men And Women At Work
  34. Business of the Year– Liberty Domestic & Family Violence Specialist Services

2023 Wayne Jackson Outstanding Community Service Award

  • Winner- Erin Denham – Make a Difference PMQ
  • Highly Commended -Allan Gordon, Hastings Co-op (posthumously)

Thank You To Our Sponsors

A huge thank you to our sponsors, without you events like this would not be possible. Our naming sponsor is Coastline Credit Union. Gold Sponsor Port Medical Aesthetics Clinic. Bronze sponsors- Cassegrains Wines, Panthers Port Macquarie, St Columba Anglican School, Focus Magazine, The Social Coach, Southern Cross Austereo, Majestic Cinemas, TAFE NSW, Growers market, THE Ritz Centre, Real Estate View, Port News, Webstudio, Harvey Norman Computers, Fastplast Building Supplies, Wauchope Country Club, HBWN, Charles Sturt University, Support Services For You Mid North Coast, Colourworks Australia, Smyth Financial Port Macquarie – Hastings Council & Port Macquarie Performing Arts.

The large crowd of approximately 450 guests were entertained with spectacular performances by MC for the evening Nationally acclaimed artists Adele Parkinson & guest artist Bobby Fox accompanied by PMPA dancers. A fantastic night all round for winners and finalists.

DV Legislation Luncheon

Our next month’s network event is ensuring you are up to date with the new Domestic Violence Laws that come into effect in August 2023.

We are holding a luncheon with representatives from local specialist Police, Liberty Domestic & Family Violence Specialist Services. OBB Accountants and Donovan Hanaford Oates Lawyers, an event not to be missed.

Please head to our website for more information and to register.

Breaking News…

Our fabulous Executive Officer Katherine Harris has been nominated to appear in this year’s Dancing With The Stars supporting the Cancer Council. We are so proud of Katherine for accepting this challenge.

If you are able to help support Katherine with her fundraising, please email her at

Until next month take care,