Nativity Scene comes to Millicent

A Collaborative project between the Millicent Business Community Association, Radio 5THEfm  and the Millicent Mens Shed with assistance from Lonergan and Muhovics and Banner Mitre 10 has created a Nativity Scene which has been on display at the Rotunda for the Christmas season.

The project has also extended to the creation of Christmas cut outs by the Mens Shed which in coming years will be hired out to businesses and homes for a small fee which will be then put back into making more cut outs. Materials were paid for by the MBCA, while the labour and design was by the Millicent Mens Shed. The promotion and organization was done by Radio 5THEfm while Banner Mitre 10 provided the paint. Lonergan & Muhovics installed lighting for the Nativity and continuous  music was provided by 5THEfm.

Students from the Millicent North Primary Schools mentoring class assisted the Mens Shed in the building of the Nativity and learnt valuable skills and formed friendships. School Principle Graham Slarks said it was a successful project for the students to be involved in.

Wattle Range Council were also very supportive with this project.

We hope to expand on this project in future years to help create a festive spirit in the town.

Millicent Lights up Returns Nov 29th

After a break of a couple of years the MBCA were thrilled to bring back Lights Up to the Millicent Rotunda. Over 300 children gathered to see Father Christmas and see the new lights purchased for the Rotunda turned on.

Community support was a key factor of the success of this event. The Lollies given to the children were donated by Fosters Foodland. The Millicent Scouts and Girl Guides entertained the children with games while the Millicent Rotary club cooked chips and the Lioness Ladies provided Tea and coffee for the parents. Gladys Smith Parent & Child Centre had a sausage sizzle, while Radio 5THEfm provided gift bags for the children. We are extremely grateful for all this support.

As a first, Radio 5THEfm provided the music and had an outside broadcast live to air.

The new lights for the Rotunda were purchased by the MBCA with the support of Lonergan & Muhovics. They helped us source the best lights and have offered to erect and take down each year with the help of Sharps cranes as well as storing them for us. We had Crystal Shawyer turn on the lights as a celebration of her being cancer free for 10 years.

We hope to grow this event in future years and thank everyone for their support.

Outstanding Business Awards 2016

201606 OBA Poster A3.jpgThe 2016 Outstanding Business awards saw a record crowd of 296  gather at the Millicent Civic and Arts Centre on August 13th to celebrate the 107 nominees who had been nominated and to announce the winners.



The winners for 2016 were

Service award to Enchanted Beauty by Brianna
Retail award to Fosters Foodland
Construction/Trades  to Lonergon and Muhovics.
Hospitality and Tourism  to Hillview Caravan Park
Agriculture/Horticulture to ZKEquestrian
Employee of the Year to Sam Wyatt from Millicent Taxis
Merit Award to Liz Wallis from Millicent Chemist and gifts
Merit award also to Crystal Muir from Woolworths
Young Employee to Carly Shephard from Fosters Foodland
Hall of Fame went to Lonergon and Muhovics
Community Service Award went to Radio 5THE FM.

The Challenge this year was to do something different and not just rely on the success of last years event. As a result Radio 5THEfm had an outside broadcast of the event live on stage as well as live streaming on the World Wide Web. Entertainment was provided by the band  Oath.


The Major sponsors for this event were Radio 5THEfm, S.E. Times and Wattle Range Council.

Silver sponsors were The Somerset Hotel, The Millicent & District Community Club, K M McMillan drafting and design, Millicent Window Cleaning Service, Teagle Contracting, New Heaven Indian Restaurant, Millicent Florist (Decorations) Komma Media and Steve Chapple Photography.

The following sponsored various awards. Millicent Rotary Club (Young Employee Award) Mayor Gandolfi (Hall of Fame) and Fosters Foodland (Community Spirit Award)

Millicent high school provided students to help in the kitchen with supper under the supervision of Wendy Thompson who volunteered her time.

Andrew Leslie provided fairy lights for decorations.

The supper was a showcase of magnificent food by the following businesses all of whom are members of the MBCA. The Millicent & District Community Club, The Grand Hotel, New Heaven Indian Restaurant, Caffe Sabatini, The Somerset Hotel, Shearers Cook Cafe, Andys Bakery and Flaming Wok.


Emcee for the night was Rebekah Lowe who travelled back from Broken Hill for the night.

The Bar was run By The Millicent Community Club and all profits from the bar went to them.

There was a new judging panel this year consisting of Tania Plunkett TAFE SA, Bruce Rhodda. RDA Limestone Coast and Ben Gower CEO of Wattle Range Council. Judging 227nomianations was certainly not an easy task but they all enjoyed the process and were impressed by the standard of nominations.

The MBCA were very proud to bring this event to the Millicent Business Community.









Rebekah Lowe awarded Life Membership

2016: At the annual business awards in 2016 Rebekah Lowe from Community radio 5THEFM was rewarded with Life membership to the MBCA for her dedication on the committee for 12 years. During this time she held the position of secretary for 4 years. Rebekah left Millicent in 2016 to take up a job with ABC radio in Broken Hill and returned to Emcee the Business awards for the 2nd year running where she was presented this award.

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Rebekah is pictured here with Chairperson Marg Chapple and Vice Chair Lisa McCourt.