Awards

Nominations are now open for 2023

Nominations close at 5.00pm on 11th August 2023

In Recognition of Significant Contributions to the Community

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 commonwealth of Newcastle and the Hunter Region. Whether that is through the improvement of industry, culture, education, sport or the overall commonwealth 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 commonwealth of the city.

Past Winners

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Individual: Clare Ferguson
Organisation: Newcastle & Hunter Community Health
Youth: Sarah Williams
Individual: Meg Purser
Organisation: The Business Centre
Youth: Luke Conners
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: Keith Stronach
Organisation: Compass Housing
Youth: Andy Howard
Individual: Neil Slater
Organisation: Maroba Caring Communities
Youth: Anthony Laskovski
Individual: Wej Paradice
Organisation: Harris Wheeler Lawyers
Youth: Dr Rohan Walker
Individual: John Coyle
Organisation: University of Newcastle
Youth: Steph Hinds
Individual: Mike Rabbitt
Organisation: Hunter Development Corporation
Individual: Rhonda Scruton
Organisation: Renew Newcastle
Individual: Eddie Cross
Organisation: BreastScreen NSW Hunter New England Health
Individual: Professor Trevor Waring
Organisation: Newcastle Permanent Building Society
Individual: Warren Smith
Organisation: Newcastle Airport
Individual: Dr William Bowmore
Organisation: Piano Australia – Stuart & Sons
Individual: Lee Shearer
Organisation: HunterValleyGardens
Individual: Roy Watson
Organisation: Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club
Individual: Adele Saunders
Organisation: Hunter Medical Research Institute
Individual: Frank Rigby
Organisation: Newcastle Newspapers
Individual: Yahoo Serious
Organisation: Radio 2NC 1233
Organisation: Tyrrells Wines
Organisation: Newcastle Knights
Organisation: Port Waratah Coal Services
Organisation: Port Waratah Coal Services
Individuals: John McNaughton and Margaret McNaughton
Organisation: Cowan Manufacturing
Organisation: Cowan Manufacturing
Organisation: Ampcontrol Pty Limited
Organisation: Tomago Aluminium
Organisation: Faculty of Medicine, University of Newcastle
Organisation: Newcastle Knights
Organisation: AWS Frigate Consortium and Support Group
Individual: Richard Owens
Organisation: Dart Australia Pty Limited
Organisation: BHP Limited
Organisation: Newcastle Permanent Building Society
Organisation: Howard Smith Limited
Individual: Professor Cyril Renwick
Organisation: Carrington Slipways Pty Limited
Organisation: NBN Television
Individual: Alex Young
Organisation: KB United Soccer Club
Individual: 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 commonwealth 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 commonwealth 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.

E.Hilda Rix-Nicholas |1884 – 1961

The Summer House

The painting shown in this photograph 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.

Nominate

Nominations close at 5.00pm on 9 August 2023