Coral Coast heli tours flying high after award success

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The 2017 Gascoyne Regional Business Awards winners.
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The Coral Coast Helicopter crew is sitting on “chop” of the world after taking home a swag of awards from the 2017 Gascoyne Regional Business Awards.

Coral Coast Helicopters will have to find a bigger hangar to store its awards after winning the tourism, customer service and best business with zero to four employees, as well as taking out the overall winner of the night.

Dave Ross from Dive Ningaloo and Travis Bate from RSM.
Camera IconDave Ross from Dive Ningaloo and Travis Bate from RSM. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr

Co-owner operation and accounts Jodie Anderson said the company had seen strong demand in the tourism and mustering markets since starting up.

“The mustering industry has just blown up, it has been our bread and butter really, but tourism is fantastic as well,” she said.

Froth Craft co-owner Pete Firth and Travis Bate from RSM.
Camera IconFroth Craft co-owner Pete Firth and Travis Bate from RSM. Credit: Pilbara News

“We were actually expecting to do more business out of Coral Bay but Carnarvon has been really good.

“There is definitely an international clientele that we are trying to tap into and hopefully next year we can really get a hold of that.”

Todd John from Exmouth Computers and Technology with North West Central MLA Vince Catania.
Camera IconTodd John from Exmouth Computers and Technology with North West Central MLA Vince Catania. Credit: Pilbara News

Ms Anderson said the company was looking at purchasing its third helicopter next year to keep up with demand.

Other multiple award winners on the night included the Liz Newton Dance Academy and Coral Coast Veterinary Hospital.

North West Central MLA Vince Catania and Cabs On Call owner Anne McCarrol.
Camera IconNorth West Central MLA Vince Catania and Cabs On Call owner Anne McCarrol. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

On The Deck Shark Bay owner Phil Thomson, who won the accommodation category, said operating a business in the bush was a challenging but rewarding experience.

“We have won many awards from overseas, but this is the first time our business has been recognised in Australia,” he said.

Exmouth Wellness Centre’s Clay Farley and Gascoyne Regional Business Awards event co-ordinator Marilyn Rulyancich.
Camera IconExmouth Wellness Centre’s Clay Farley and Gascoyne Regional Business Awards event co-ordinator Marilyn Rulyancich. Credit: Pilbara News, Tom Zaunmayr

“It has got its difficulties, but you have to remember Shark Bay is one of the most spectacular places in the world and the guests we have come to see our beautiful ecology.”

Awards event co-ordinator Marilyn Rulyancich said business in the Gascoyne was an untapped resource.

Coral Coast Helicopters co-owner Jodie Anderson and Horizon Power's Iesha Pugh.
Camera IconCoral Coast Helicopters co-owner Jodie Anderson and Horizon Power's Iesha Pugh. Credit: Pilbara News

“Sometimes small businesses run by mums, dads and one-man bands have no one saying to them ‘You have done a great job, well done’,” she said.

“The challenges which exist for regional business in WA means we build the quality, we just don’t always get recognised for it. Having these awards means everyone gets to know a little business really deserves recognition.”

David and Leisa Sadecki from Parkwood Upholstery with Seven West Media Mid West regional manager Jason McCarthy.
Camera IconDavid and Leisa Sadecki from Parkwood Upholstery with Seven West Media Mid West regional manager Jason McCarthy. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

Ms Rulyancich said she expected big things from State finalists this year, after two Gascoyne businesses won awards last year.

Award: Winner

Accommodation: On The Deck, Shark Bay

Health and Community: Exmouth Wellness Centre

Hospitality: Whalers Restaurant

Professional Services: Coral Coast Veterinary Hospital

Seven West Media Mid West regional manager Jason McCarthy and Liz Newton Dance Academy owner Liz Newton.
Camera IconSeven West Media Mid West regional manager Jason McCarthy and Liz Newton Dance Academy owner Liz Newton. Credit: Pilbara News

Retail Services: Tackleworld Exmouth

Sports and Rec: Liz Newton Dance Academy

Manufacturing: Parkwood Upholstery

Tourism: Coral Coast Helicopters

Trades and Construction: Northern Aspect Construction

Regional Business: Monkey Mia Yacht Charters

RSM Mid West region partner Trevor Lake and Coral Coast Vets’ Emma Barrett .
Camera IconRSM Mid West region partner Trevor Lake and Coral Coast Vets’ Emma Barrett . Credit: Pilbara News

Community Engagement: Cabs On Call

Customer Service: Coral Coast Helicopters

Innovation: Exmouth Computers and Technology

New Business: Froth Craft

Sustainability: Dive Ningaloo

Child and Family Friendly: Liz Newton Dance Academy

On The Deck owners Phil and Kerrie Thomson with RDA Mid West and Gascoyne chief executive Alan Bradley.
Camera IconOn The Deck owners Phil and Kerrie Thomson with RDA Mid West and Gascoyne chief executive Alan Bradley. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr

0-4 Employees: Coral Coast Helicopters

5-10 Employees: Coral Coast Veterinary Hospital

11-20 Employees: Exmouth Escape Resort

Outstanding Achievement: Coral Coast Veterinary Hospital

Judge’s Choice: Coral Coast Helicopters

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