Outstanding Business Awards 2017 Supper

Thank you to all the businesses who are all members of the MBCA that provided the supper for our awards night. A great showcase of food. Please support these businesses.
Grand Hotel – Millicent, New Heaven Indian restaurant Millicent, Somerset Hotel Motel, The Shearers Cook Cafe, Andys, Caffè Sabatini and Flaming Wok – Asian Cuisine


Outstanding Business Awards 2017

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Congratulations to all the following winners of the Outstanding Business Awards 2017.

Construction/trade/manufacturing: Reilly Builders
Tourism & Hospitality: New Heaven Indian Restaurant
Service: Enchanted Beauty by Brianna
Retail: Absolutely Anything
Agriculture/ horticulture/viticulture: Blade Runner Turf
Employee of the Year: Sharon Fox, NBC Financial Services
Young Employee: Aimee Granziera, Malseeds Real Estate.
Hall of Fame: Sebastopol Machinery Service
Community Spirit Award: Dave Reilly’s Panel & Paint.

MBCA would like to say a very big thankyou to all of our sponsors for our Outstanding Business Awards. We get an overwhelming response when we call for sponsors and all of these businesses go along way to helping us hold a successful event. Thankyou to you all. Wattle Range Council, The South Eastern Times Radio 5The FM, Win TV, Komma Media, NBC Financial Services, Foster’s Foodland Millicent Rotary Club, Banner Mitre10, New Heaven Indian restaurant millicent Millicent High School, Mayor Peter Gandolfi Cockys Signs Enchanted Beauty by Brianna K.A. McMillan Design Drafting and Construction, Steve Chapple Photography Millicent Window Cleaning Services, Millicent Florist Andrew Leslie and The Millicent Medical Clinic.



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.









Outstanding Business Awards 2015


Fosters Foodland was honoured with a standing ovation from the 245 strong crowd attending the MBCA Cabaret Awards event as they were announced the 2015 Inductees to the MBCA Hall of Fame. Foster’s is  a family owned and operated local business of 68 years and one which has a proven commitment to community through their founder the late Bob Foster, Brian for many years and more recently David. This was one of the two Awards received by Fosters Foodland but as Brian said later, the Community Spirit Award in honour of his father Bob, was really something special to receive.

The Millicent Business Community Association turned on all the glitz and glamour of a red carpet event to showcase Millicent and District businesses and their employees with a 245 strong crowd almost filling the Civic and Arts Centre to capacity. 5THE FM’s Rebekah Lowe  (and MBCA committee member)  hosted the evening introducing MBCA Chairman Margaret Chapple to officially open the 5th Annual Awards Cabaret.   Ms Chapple thanked the community for supporting the event saying she never thought her biggest  concern in the lead up to the event would be fitting everyone in and congratulated the community for supporting the event.

The decision to hold the annual award event as a red carpet Cabaret,  had paid off Ms Chapple said;  former Chairperson Mike Reilly had envisaged such an event and look, she said, “we made it happen.”

The event was primarily to announce the award winners and celebrate all nominees but also to showcase local business with the MBCA enlisting local food industry businesses to prepare supper and provide bar facilities. Platters were purchased from the Community Club, Andy’s Bakery, New Heaven Indian Restaurant, The Balcony Cafe, The Somerset Hotel, Shearers Cook Cafe and the Somerset Hotel provided the bar.  Komma Media provided media facilities including a video of the event which will be on the MBCA website shortly.

Judges experienced in business awards formed the judging panel again with Sheryl Lowe chairing the panel  for the past 2 years. Mike Ryan and Glenn Brown have been on the panel for the 5 years of the awards, Rob Forgan joined the panel 2 years ago.

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin sent a letter of congratulations to the MBCA on the Awards event but was unable to attend this year.

Ms Chapple said nominations exceeded all expectations this year with 94 nominees representing 41 businesses and 53 individuals. Nominees were presented to the crowd walking the red carpet to receive a Certificate of Nomination from the MBCA Chairperson.

The MBCA Awards consist of 4 Outstanding Business Awards and 2 Employee Awards and the winners are:-

Cateogory 1  – MBCA Agriculture, Viticulture and Horticulture Award   – Holla-Fresh Pty Ltd.

Category 2  –   MBCA Construction, Manufacture and Trades Award- Cocky’s Signs

Category 3 –    MBCA Service Industry Award – New Heaven Indian Restaurant

Category 4 –    MBCA Retail Industry Award  –  Heaven on a Hanger

Employee of the Year – Sandy Walshaw – The Millicent &  District Community Club

Young Employee of the Year – Dylan Lambert – Millicent Toyota –  Sponsored by Millicent Rotary Club

A newly created award in honour of the late Mr Bob Foster – The MBCA Community Spirit Award was awarded to Foster’s Foodland Pty Ltd

The MBCA Hall of Fame ( Sponsored by Wattle Range Council) awarded to a Millicent and District owned business who has been continually operated by the same person(s) or family for over 25 years was awarded to Fosters Foodland Pty Ltd

Major sponsors of the event were Wattle Range Council, SE Times and 5THE FM all contributing in excess on $1000-00 each in total in services.

Sponsors Millicent Florist, Teagle Contractors, Andrew Leslie, Millicent Farm Supplies, Komma Media, Millicent Veterinary Clinic, Thomson Drilling, Heaven on Hanger, with Banner providing plants,  Holla-Fresh providing herbs for the supper table  and Chris Hollingsworth providing equipment.