2013 September Winners

Emerging Business - Fossil Energy Services

Fossil Energy Services is a leading Geological consultancy specializing in providing highly skilled Geologists for the Australian CSG, Tight Gas Sands and Shale Gas industry.

Their scope of work involves Geological consultancy right from Exploration, Operations, Development, Production and Well completion.  Our company has successfully diversified into specialist technical placements within the LNG sector.

Family Business - John Henderson Professionals Real Estate

Celebrating 40 years in business John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach are the trusted name in Mermaid Beach, Mermaid Waters and Miami real estate.

Specialising in residential sales and leasing whilst supporting the community being the major financial sponsor of Mermaid Beach, Nobby Beach and Miami surf clubs.

Manufacturing & Construction –  Superior Jetties

Superior develops, designs, manufactures and installs a variety of flotation solutions for  commercial, domestic, private and government marina berthing needs and industrial flotation requirements, both within Australia and internationally. The company can provide complete turnkey solutions for all types and sizes of flotation from concept and design to manufacturing and installation, anywhere in the world.

Mayors Innovation GC Award - Driver Safety Australia

Driver Safety Australia is leading the way in road safety through innovative solutions that combine unique program design with technology, to deliver efficient fleet training to organisations and schools.

The company was founded as Driversafety.com.au in 2007 and transformed into Driver Safety Australia in 2013 to reflect their  national presence and diverse driver training solutions.

Retail, Wholesale & Distribution - Coolabah Tree Cafes

Wholly Gold Coast-owned, Coolabah Tree Cafes are a national business which stretches across 17 Roadhouse / Travel Centre Cafes across Qld, NSW, SA and Victoria and will open its 3rd Gold Coast location in November.

Celebrating its 14th year, Coolabah Tree Cafes continue to deliver a range of quality, fresh and healthy food options to the travelling public on Australia’s main highways.

Tourism, Hospitality & Events –  FreeSpirit Resort and Holiday Park Management

FreeSpirit Resort & Holiday Park Management is operated by Yvonne and Ray Bristow, their daughter Danella Rockley, business partner, David Johnston and their close knit team.

FreeSpirit assist corporate entities that invest in holiday parks however do not have the expertise (or need) to manage them. FreeSpirit specialises in Caravan Park Management, Mentoring other Caravan Parks/Resorts & Training – both their own staff and across the entire caravan industry.

Trades, Professions & Services - Gold Coast Transport

Gold Coast Transport is a locally owned company that has been servicing the Gold Coast for over 30 years.

Larry Ralph recently celebrated 30 years in Business, starting with one truck and now has a fleet of over 40 vehicles.

They attribute this achievement to being loyal to customers and providing a quality service.

Knowledge Management & IT - Opmantek

Opmantek’s network management products are used by over 45,000 organisations globally including some of the world’s largest Telecommunications organisations.

Over 13 years Opmantek has shared knowledge and vision within the network management industry, coordinating innovative ideas worldwide through a commercial open source business model led by the world’s top experts, based at the Gold Coast.

Environment and Sustainability - Seapen

Family run SeaPen, based at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct Coomera and  headed by managing director Mark Barber, manufactures a clever dry-docking system that keeps boats dry while moored at water level.

Sea Pen’s innovation was selected  by the Jegrelius Institute in Sweden as one of ten companies worldwide to enable the elimination of toxic antifouling on boats & there are now over 1000  Sea Pens installations.

Health & Wellbeing - The Vision Eye Institute

The Vision Eye Institute is led by a team of world-renowned surgeons with unrivalled experience, skills and technical expertise.

After pioneering Australian laser eye surgery in 1991, the Vision Eye Institute teams at Southport, Coolangatta and Varsity Lakes continue to deliver successful life-changing outcomes each and every day.


Property group wins business of year title

Dominant Gold Coast real estate company The Ray White Surfers Paradise Group has been named as the city's Business of the Year.

The company, which is headed up by brothers Andrew and Greg Bell, received the award at the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards gala dinner attended by 650 of the city's business leaders at The St...

Desmond Brooks enters Business Hall of Fame

Renowned international architect Desmond Brooks has become the 11th person inducted into the Gold Coast Business Hall of Fame. Mr Brooks and the company he founded were behind the designs of some of the Gold Coast's most amazing landmarks. They include Sheraton Marina Mirage, Palazzo Versace, Royal Pines Resort, Marriott Surfers ...

Orbitz Elevators Lifts Business Award

Fast rising Southport-headquartered company Orbitz Elevators has lifted the Emerging Business trophy at this month's Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards.
The company, which was established with a credit card, a van and a dream in November 2014, now employs 40 people.

Company founder and managing director Jonathan Dwayre said the busine...

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