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A sweet success: Di Bella produces the goods

Local talent shines at 2021 Hinchinbrook Business Awards.

IF there is a secret recipe for success in business, it starts with picking the right ingredients.

The cream of the crop at the recent Hinchinbrook Business Awards was young, local and aspiring entrepreneur Hayden Di Bella from Di Bella Produce who took out top honours being awarded the NQIB Hinchinbrook Business of the Year.

Hayden is an aspiring farmer who specialises in growing fresh sweet potatoes, pumpkins other fresh fruit and vegetables on the family’s property on the outskirts of the Ingham district.

The Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce celebrated its second Hinchinbrook Business Awards last Thursday the 29 July.

The successful event was held at the Royal Hotel in Ingham and the guests walked the red carpet and were interviewed by local business owner from Wild Local Prawns and chamber member Rebecca Zaghini.

The mayor of the Hinchinbrook region, Ramon Jayo, and the Honourable Bob Katter addressed the crowd during the evening and assisted with the presentation of the certificates for nominees and awards for the winners of each category.

Chamber President Rachael Coco said: ‘I’m thrilled with the 2021 instalment of the awards which, showcased and recognised excellence in the local business community’.

The awards were an unequivocal success that celebrated local success stories and paid tribute to the passion and dedication of local entrepreneurs.

Rachael Coco – Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce President

‘Each and every nominee should be proud of their accomplishments and the winners deserve to hold their heads high – they stood out in truly exceptional field which is a feat in itself.

‘The sponsors, judges, suppliers, caterers, venue and special guest, the Honorable Bob Katter, also deserved praise.

‘Events like this don’t happen without many hands providing invaluable support. I’m so grateful to everyone who contributed towards the Hinchinbrook Business Awards and especially thankful for the tireless efforts of Chamber’s Management Committee.’

Hinchinrbook Chamber of Commerce Committee

The event was photographed by talented local photographer Mostyn Swain from Photo Graphic Artisan, who kindly donated his time by covering the event and provided all attendees with complimentary photos from the evening as a keepsake.

NQIB RECOGNISING OVER 50 YEARS IN BUSINESS

TREBONNE SERVICE CENTRE

MV BARRA & SONS

A Family Affair – The Deambrogio Family celebrate 57 years in business with the Trebonne Service Centre
The Barra Family with Chamber President Rachael Coco and Bob Katter MP
Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce President Rachael Coco

Below are the winners and runners up for all award categories:

NICK DAMETTO MP YOUNG ENTRENEUR OF THE YEAR 2021

WINNER Rae of Sunshine & Co

RUNNER UP Hinchinbrook Surveying Solutions

Rae of Sunshine & Co owner Chelsea Aquillini and her mother Narelle
Hinchinbrook Mayor Ramon Jayo addressing the crowd

CANEGROWERS HERBERT RIVER EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR 2021

WINNER Ingham Toyota

RUNNER UP SuperCheap Auto Ingham

SPECIAL MENTION Lee’s Hotel

Ingham Toyota – Mario Patane, Kara King, Marty Cason

WILMAR EXCELLENCE CUSTOMER SERVICE BUSINESS AWARD 2021

WINNER Frosty Mango

RUNNER UP Wild Local Prawns

HIGH ACHIEVEMENT IN MYSTERY SHOPPING

Ray White Ingham, Raven Tours, Lisa Maree, MAMS Group

SPECIAL MENTION Subway Ingham

Frosty Mango Team

HINCHINBROOK SHIRE COUNCIL MAYOR’S HEART OF HINCHINBROOK COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD 2021

WINNER North Queensland Insurance Brokers

RUNNER UP Felix Reitano Furniture & Real Estate

NQIB Ingham Team

FELIX REITANO FURNITURE & REAL ESTATE EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION AWARD 2021

WINNER Optimise Health & Wellness

RUNNER UP Mungalla Aboriginal Business Corporation

Kara Christopher from Optimise Health & Fitness accepting her award

MONIQUE’S SWEET TREATS MOST INSPIRING MICRO-BUSINESS 2021

WINNER Five Fountain Studio

RUNNER UP Good Energy Massage, Health & Beauty

SPECIAL MENTION Photo Graphic Artisan

Most Inspiring Microbusiness Winner Kristina & Blaise Fontana from Five Fountain Studio

WILD LOCAL PRAWNS HINCHINBROOK EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR 2021

WINNER Yvonne Bosworth

RUNNER UP Paul Previtera

RAY WHITE INGHAM HINCHINBROOK APPRENTICE/TRAINEE OF THE YEAR 2021

WINNER Jack Pelleri

RUNNER UP Mackenzie Rhodes

SPECIAL MENTION Ethan Hillyard

Ray White Ingham Hinchinbrook Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Nominees
Spectacular cake made for the event made by Monique Giliberto from Monique’s Sweet Treats

GUIDO’S PANEL & PAINT BREST PRESENTED BUSINESS 2021

WINNER Lucinda Point Hotel Motel

RUNNER UP Mick’s Bread Kitchen

SPECIAL MENTION Ingham Toyota

All smiles with the Lucinda Point Hotel Motel crew

INGHAM MOTORCYCLE & MOWERS EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE INDIVIDUAL AWARD 2021

WINNER Derek Kopeshke

RUNNER UP Nikki Collins-Furber

SPECIAL MENTION Kyra Siely

Derek and Lauren Kopeshke

NQIB HINCINBROOK BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2021

WINNER Di Bella Produce and Farming

RUNNER UP MAMS Group

Louise and Josh Lannen from MAMS Group
Cream of the crop – NQIB Hinchinbrook Business of the Year DiBella Produce Grace Di Bella, Lawrence Di Bella, Hayden Di Bella, Anna Di Bella

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