BUSINESSMAN Rick Fenny says it is an honour to be a finalist in the 2018 Western Australian of the Year Awards.
Mosman Park resident Dr Fenny, who is best known as the real life vet to Red Dog, the kelpie who famously roamed WA’s Pilbara region in the ‘70s, is in the running to win the Business category of the annual awards.
His company the Rick Fenny Group is based in Victoria Park and he co-owns the Victoria Park and Lathlain Vet Clinics.
He said he was pleased to be a finalist following past 46 years as a veterinarian and businessman.
“It’s very nice to be acknowledged for doing something you love and I love running vet clinics, employing people and running my tourism ventures – it’s been a wonderful journey so far,” he said.
He also owns Carbla Station outside of Denham and was integral in helping to fundraise for the design and building of the statue of Red Dog in Dampier – now itself an iconic tourist destination – as well as funding a plaque at Red Dog’s burial site in Cossack.
“It’s an honour to call WA home and be in a position to share its unique scenery, experiences and creatures – Ocean Park has welcomed about half a million people in the past 10 years and that’s so rewarding to know we’ve shared the marine life of that incredible part of the world with so many,” he said.
Last year’s winner in the Business category and the overall winner of the awards was Andrew Forrest.
Award winners will be announced at a gala dinner at Crown Towers on Friday, June 1.