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Stand out Lake Mac businesses announced as award finalists


Finalists announced for the 2021 Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards demonstrate the diversity of the City’s corporate community and resiliency during a global pandemic.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 risk in NSW, the ceremony scheduled for 23 July has been cancelled, with alternative options to celebrate winners being arranged.

A total of 42 finalists across 13 categories were picked among an array of top local businesses and employees based on performance, growth, potential, adaptability and other criteria measures.

Lake Macquarie City mayor Kay Fraser said this year had no doubt been particularly tough again for many businesses, so the awards were a way to give back and show positive recognition.

“To see them persist and bounce back from COVID-19 is truly inspiring,” she stated.

“We need to get behind our local industries, show our support, and celebrate them for all their amazing effort.”

The Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards are open to all businesses in Lake Macquarie including micro, small, medium and large.

“The quality of this year’s entries was a stand-out, with some new businesses in the mix,” Cr Fraser said.

“From sustainable beauty to photographers, and from paediatric occupational education to building consultants, the list of finalists really demonstrates the range of talent and innovation here in Lake Macquarie.

“It’s great to see some outstanding businesses on the list and recognise their essential contribution to our City.”

The final award winners will progress to the Hunter Business Awards later this year.

Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards 2021 finalists

Outstanding Employee

Mark Ward, Human Resource Manager – Empowered Community Services

Emma McDonald, Operations Manager – Matt Hall Racing

Madeleine Painter, Practice Manager – The Rainbow Clinic

Outstanding Young Business Leader

Shakira Wes, Owner – Kouture Hair Artistry

Jonathon Power, Managing Director of Empowered Community Services – Empowered Community Services

Jared Styan, Co-founder and Business Manager – Lake Macquarie Sailing Tours

Bec Hogan, Creative Director – Gem Rock Media

Outstanding Business Leader

Simon Ashley, CEO – ATUNE Health Centres

Sarah Poissant, Clinical Director and Owner – The Rainbow Clinic

Joseph Lorriman, Director and Owner – Evergreen Energy Consultants

Leah Gabolinscy, Ramsay Health Care

Outstanding Community Organisation

Alesco Senior College

Charlestown Youth and Community Centre (The Place)

CALM Inc (Community Activities Lake Macquarie)

Start Up Superstar

Luxe Lakeside

Compeat Nutrition

Sick Happens Education

Excellence in Innovation and Adaptability

Tyrex Solutions

Fire Response

Design Anthology

Excellence in Sustainability

Blencowe Design


Excellence in Micro Business

JetBuzz Watersports


Salon Ten

Evergreen Energy Consultants

Good Thanks Media

Excellence in Small Business

Belmont Dance Centre

Newy Distillery

Fire Response

Excellence in Business

Atune Health Centres


Air Extreme Air Conditioning

Empowered Community Services

Outstanding Employer of Choice

The Rainbow Clinic

Design Anthology

Contribution to the City

Graffiti Dan

Atwea College

Spotlight Group

Excellence in Retail, Hospitality and Tourism


The GPT Group – Charlestown Square

Lake Macquarie Cruises

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