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A Melton & Moorabool Star Weekly Feature


dabba-doo!! To view photo gallery of awards night, visit 17 MELTON & MOORABOOL STAR WEEKLY \ MAY 6, 2014

A Melton & Moorabool Star Weekly Feature

Message from the mayor

s Excellence tralia City of Melton Busines Each year, the Powercor Aus repreneurial ent and ve vati inno the e brat Awards recognise and cele great municipality. spirit that thrives within our twenty-seven e no exception, with over And this year’s Awards wer ss 11 categories, acro s our hon for out it local businesses battling way through Emerging Business, all the ranging from Best New and of the Year s ines Bus r Australia Melton to the prestigious Powerco award. t in a fast th and business developmen The importance of jobs grow . ated erst und be as ours cannot growing municipality such inesses play gnises the integral role bus reco ncil Melton City Cou ing a strong and elop dev to ted mit com is in our community and loyment supports business and emp dynamic local economy that opportunities. ce Awards of Melton Business Excellen The Powercor Australia City e and celebrate ledg now ack to us for provide a great opportunity our regional that local business makes to the significant contribution community. economy, environment and Council, I On behalf of Melton City ortunity opp this take to like ld wou and sts nali fi all e to congratulat Powercor winners of the 2014 Business Australia City of Melton Excellence Awards. es and Thank you also to our judg support r you out with rs, nso spo e been the Awards would not hav possible.

Cr Bob Turner Mayor Melton City Council



Powercor Australia Business of the Year Abey Australia has earned its place among Australia’s elite plumbing and hardware manufacturers with its emphasis on innovation and quality, and high standard of reliability and service. The manufacturer was named the Powercor Australia Business of the Year at the Powercor 2014 Business Excellence Awards. Abey also won the Leaders in Innovation Award, Leaders in Sustainability Award and the joint winner of the Best Manufacturer Business Award. The business has been in Melbourne’s west for over 50 years, having relocated to Melton in 1999. It has grown to employ over 150 full-time, parttime and labour hire staff, 60 per cent of which are from the local area. It is renowned for its focus on quality and innovation and its products are held in the highest regard amongst professional trade business.

Winners are grinners: Fro m left to right Venkatesh Kittur (Productio n and Tool Room Ashey Anderson (Marketin Manager), and Geoff Anderson (Mana g Manager ging Director).

The judges were impressed with Abey’s commitment to employing local and with the business’ expansion plans to meet demand. Abey has also diversified its offerings to stay ahead of the market, combining manufacturing alongside distribution of high end bathroom and kitchen products from Europe. What the judges said:

2014 Powercor Australia City of Melton Business Excellence Awards Melton City Council would like to thank all of the sponsors of this year’s Business Excellence Awards. Without the generous support of these 10 organisations, the event would not have been possible. Congratulations to the 30 finalists and 14 award winners. Special mention goes to Abey Australia who collected four awards, including the coveted Powercor Australia Business of the Year. Thank you to everyone involved in the awards and make sure you look out for details on the 2015 Business Excellence Awards later this year!



This family owned business is a worthy winner of Business of the Year, their innovative and sustainable practices will allow them to be a integral part of the Melton Business Community for years to come.



Apprentice of the Year

Brad Alton

Mayoral Achievement Award

Eynesbury Homestead and Golf Course

Leaders in Innovation Award

Abey Australia

Leaders in Sustainability Award

Abey Australia

Best Access for all Abilities Award

Bright FACES

People’s Choice Award

Caroline Springs Pharmacy

Best New and Emerging Business

Bright FACES

Best Small Enterprise Hospitality and Tourism Business

Wooden Spoon Cakes

Best Large Enterprise Hospitality and Tourism Business

WestWaters Hotel & Entertainment Complex



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Mayoral Achievement Award Winner

Apprentice of the year

A passion for business and innovative marketing strategy has earned Eynesbury Homestead and Golf Course the Mayoral Achievment Award at this year’s Powercor Australia City of Melton Business Excellence Awards.

Many could only dream of playing golf all day but Brad Alton is living out this dream.

Eynesbury Homestead is a beautiful well maintained historic building built in the 1870s.

“The award means a lot to me. I’m ecstatic just to be a finalist and to be nominated by my colleagues and team members tells me that I’m on the right track.”

It is a premier golf course, restaurant, bar, café and conference centre which specialises in weddings. The facilities and grounds at this historical estate are immaculately kept and provides visitors with a sense of a world gone-by. Management at Eynesbury Homestead are passionate advocates for the business, coming up with new campaigns and events to attract residents, golfers and brides from near and far. Their packages are tailored to reflect different target markets and budgets and they have recently established strong partnerships with industry groups to increase visitation. Attracting guests from the region, from interstate and overseas, Eynesbury Golf and Homestead is a tournamentstandard course and premier venue in Melbourne’s west, complementing the worldclass tourist attractions and businesses within the City of Melton.

The 22-year-old is a trainee golf professional and has been named this year’s Apprentice of the Year in the Powercor Business Excellence Awards.

He started playing golf in Melton at the age of 10, prompting his career ambitions to become a professional golfer on the completion of his apprenticeship at Eynesbury Golf Course. He works full time in the Eynesbury Golf Shop, dealing with people, managing co-workers, demonstrating leadership, coaching juniors and playing golf competitively. Now in his third year, Alton will complete his apprenticeship in September and says the he has learned a lot. “I started off in a very average role, doing odd jobs and earning my keep and over the past three years I have worked my way up in the business and grown a lot. I’ve now taken on more responsibilities in the business in an administrative role with more challenges.” Alton is part of the coaching team at Eynesbury Golf and trains juniors and senior players. He says it’s his passion for the sport which drives him. “I’ve got a pure love for the game and the industry. It’s a dream job to play golf and do what I love every day. My favourite part of the job is coaching and seeing players develop.” After his apprenticeship Alton will be a full PGA member, enabling him to play professionally, coach throughout Australia and potentially run a business under the PGA logo.


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Best Access For All Abilities Award and Best New and Emerging Business A creative approach to reaching clients through social networks and proactive engagement earned Bright FACES the Best Access for all Abilities Award this year. Bright FACES was established in 2012 and offers a multidisciplinary intervention that strives for excellence in service delivery. Bright FACES offers multidisciplinary services and therapies for autistic children and their families.

provide information about services, upcoming events, and information related to work practices.

It endeavours to provide a range of professional therapies, including Psychology, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy, that support families and individuals throughout their lifespan, while promoting a greater quality of life.

Community involvement and corporate citizenship are the backbone of Bright FACES’ commitment to local employment.

The business was established in Melton due to a lack of specialised services and affordable services.

The services provided by Bright FACES are unique to Melton providing specialised and affordable services to the local community.

It has a strong focus on customer services for its clients and constantly evaluate the effectiveness of the procedures applied through parent feedback forms, mentoring of staff and team meetings. Programs and techniques used by Bright FACES are based on the latest research and empirical evidence that support ‘Best Practice’ intervention. The business also uses innovative means of communication to connect with its clients and use their website and Facebook page to

The business provides a much needed and highly professional service to the City of Melton.

Its sole purpose is to assist autistic children or children with different abilities having access to programmes which teach them to become independent, live confidently, and be active members of their local community and society in general. Bright FACES is a stand out winner providing a much needed service to the Melton area and surrounds.

People’s Choice Award Winner Quality service and a customer focus were the winning factors which earned Caroline Springs Pharmacy the People’s Choice Award in the Powercor Business Excellence Awards.

One of the main strengths of Caroline Springs Pharmacy is their passionate and loyal staff, many who have been employed with the pharmacy since opening nearly ten years ago.

Caroline Springs Pharmacy is a customer focused store, employing eleven staff, that specialises in targeted healthcare for its patients.

Staff have built a strong relationship with its local community and they provide an environment that is welcoming and supportive to the whole community including young families with children, older residents and people with a disability.

Staff at the pharmacy continue to provide high level customer service and goes above and beyond to assist patients to take their medications accurately and safely. In addition to the day to day prescription based services Caroline Springs Pharmacy provides a range of other health services to its customers including free blood pressure monitoring and recording, National Diabetes Service Scheme, Medicopack Service, and the hire of medical equipment such as crutches and nebulisers. A new innovation for the store in 2014 was the introduction of MediAdvisor, a state of the art Smartphone based application which keeps track of all of a customer’s medications. At the click of a button, patients can view each medication and can request a new prescription to be dispensed so it is ready as soon as they walk into the pharmacy.

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