Winners from Previous Years

2018 Awards

Home Based Business Award winner

Mitsui E&P Australia’s predecessor AWE sponsored the Home Based Business Award, which was won by Fleur Porter, Life Coach.

Fleur says, “I felt gratified and humbled. It’s lovely to be recognised, but I’m conscious that the things I feel most proud about achieving are only possible because of the clients I work with. They’re prepared to explore their deepest places, and even though they initially feel scared or unsure, they choose to do hard things (which require courage and self-belief) in order to change their lives.

“Mostly I just want to change the world. I want more people to have the opportunity to live a life they choose, full of love and purpose. The recognition that my work is real and important through this award helps me to do that, and that is the most important thing to me.”

MWCCI Home Based Business Award winner - Fleur Porter - coach

Judges Award 

Funtavia won the Judge’s Award. Funtavia is Geraldton’s Fringe World Hub, and the region’s largest performing arts festival.

In 2018 Funtavia hosted 15 shows and brought together more than 60 local, national and international performers of comedy, music, theatre and cabaret over three nights.

MEPAU sponsors Funtavia. Organisers Jodi Reilly and Julian Canny say, “We simply could not have done it without your support. We sincerely thank you for believing in our vision for the festival and furthering Geraldton as a culturally unique West Australian city with a healthy and active arts and cultural scene.”

Julian Canny and Jodi Reilly, Funtavia - Winners of Judges Award, Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Excellence Awards

Other Local Winners

The MWCCI Business Excellence Awards recognise businesses from right across the Mid West region. Dongara businesses were well represented at the 2018 awards, with two businesses winning awards.

The Large Business award was won by Dongara Marine Pty Ltd, providing design, construction, restoration and maintenance of marine vessels since 1975 throughout Western Australia and internationally.

MWCCI Award Winners - Vickie Williams, Rohan Warr and John Fitzhardinge - Dongara Marine
The Tourism Excellence Award was won by Illegal Tender Rum Co, a Dongara based distillery that opened in 2016. Illegal Tender Rum Co has already won numerous awards for its premium locally made spirits.
MWCCI Award winners - Hayley Wells and Codie Palmer - Illegal Tender

2017 Awards 

Home Based Business Award winner

In 2017 Mitsui E&P Australia’s predecessor AWE sponsored the Home Based Business award, which was won by Jacinta Mandosio. Jacinta owns Jacinta’s Gift Hampers, recently renamed The Hamper Co. Geraldton.

Jacinta says, “I was surprised to be nominated and even more surprised to win! I never really thought about such a small business taking part in the awards, I thought it was for more established businesses with premises. It’s nice to be acknowledged and recognised.

“Winning the Home Based Business Award has helped to grow my business. My name was really out there that night, there were 400 people in the audience so they all heard about Jacinta’s Gift Hampers. It drove some new business my way.

“Entering was a bit daunting. It was quite time consuming and I felt like I had to prove myself at the interview. The judges were really nice though, and they seemed impressed by what I was doing. They were very encouraging and I left the interview feeling confident about my business.”

MWCCI CEO Glen Whistler-Carr with award winner Jacinta Mandosio
Dustin Nutter, MEPAU TAFE Scholarship winner


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The Northern Perth Basin

The northern Perth Basin is a prolific oil and gas producing area covering a large portion of the Mid West region of Western Australia. The town of Dongara, located approximately 360km north of Perth, is the regional economic hub for a number of industries, including oil and gas.