The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2012-05-29T00:57:29Z 2012 DODO Girl Winner Announced 2012-05-29T00:57:29Z 2012-dodo-girl-winner-announced In a spectacular final hosted last night by Dodo and Miss Universe Australia, Breanna Gabrielle Herbert from Victoria, has been selected as the Winner of the 2012 Dodo Girl. The runners up are: Kristylee Waine from New South Wales and Ava Anderson from New South Wales. All three girls go through as wildcard entrants into the National Final of Miss Universe Australia.The 2012 Dodo Girl competition was a first of its kind event, where entries were open to girls from right around Australia. The general public voted for the finalists, who competed in a glamorous event held at Docklands, Melbourne. Entertainers for the night included the gorgeous singer Chloe Maggs as well as Wicked Force Breakdancers.Judges included:• Highly acclaimed Australian actor, Vince Colosimo;• Model and owner/creator of the new Underbracks label, Mr Nick Bracks;• Fashion stylist and TV personality, Amber Renae; and• Olympian snowboarder and sports personality, Stephanie Hickey.“We are delighted by the outcome of this event, and very excited to be working with Breanna over the upcoming year. At Dodo, we’ve always looked for exciting and innovative ways in which we can engage our valued customers, and will continue to do so with other exciting initiatives”, says Larry Kestelman, CEO of Dodo.Breanna, winner of the 2012 Dodo Girl competition, will receive the following prizes:• Brand-new S16 GXR Proton car;• Luxury weekend getaway for two to Hamilton Island, including: flights; accommodation in a 4-star hotel; and 1 days private superyacht charter around the Whitsundays;• Professional modeling portfolio shoot with elite team of professionals, including high-end fashion designer;• Once-in-a-lifetime experience co-hosting one episode of the Hot 30 TV show; and• $10,000 cash prize. Dodo Backs ACCC Action And Says “No” to Door Knockers 2012-05-17T07:38:39Z dodo-backs-accc-action-and-says-no-to-door-knockers Off the back of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (“ACCC”) announcement that it has taken court action against energy retailers and marketing companies for door-to-door sales tactics [source], Dodo has come out strongly in support of the ACCC’s action, with its ‘No Door Knockers’ campaign, featuring celebrity footballer and TV personality, Sam Newman.“Some electricity retailers are employing desperate and unethical tactics to make sales. This is something that we strongly stand against, and fully support the ACCC’s decision to review the door knocker practices” says Larry Kestelman, CEO of Dodo Power & Gas.Sam Newman is featured in a new series of television advertisements (also available at http://ads.dodo.com.au/samNewmanTV) which close with a strong message from Dodo – “say no to door knockers!”. Sam plays the part of an electricity door-knocker who is willing to do anything to make a sale, parodying a competitor electricity salesman.“At Dodo we believe that our offers speak for themselves, and therefore we do not need to resort to the deceptive and misleading conduct allegedly undertaken by some door-to-door sales companies”, continues Kestelman.“We’ve always stood firm on the philosophy that our job is to be the challenger brand. Just as we have been in the telecommunications sector for over 10 years, we are now shaking up the electricity retail market – by offering a great product at a cheap price”.“As we do not have the old legacy systems and high overheads that some of our competitors operate with, we are able to leverage the advanced infrastructure that we have built through our telecommunications business and pass on savings directly to consumers. Our offers deliver on our operating philosophy – to provide the same electricity, at a cheap price”.[source :http://www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1041805] Dodo to celebrate 10th birthday with Miss Australia, Scherri-Lee Biggs 2011-10-18T05:51:23Z dodo-to-celebrate-10th-birthday-with-miss-australia-scherri-lee-biggs 14 October 2011 - This week Australia’s original low cost ISP success story, Dodo Australia, is set to celebrate its tenth year of providing Australians with affordable telecommunications services.Dodo has become a major player in the Australian home services market, delivering internet, phone, and electricity to more than 300,000 households Australia wide. “In ten short years Dodo has transitioned from an innovative start-up ISP, to an Australian household name known for introducing affordable internet and telecommunications services at a time when it was very expensive,” said Larry Kestelman, Founder and CEO of Dodo Australia Pty Ltd. Dodo is the largest privately owned telecommunications company in Australia and since its inception in 2001 it has grown to a team of over 900 staff globally with an approximate annual turnover of $200 million. Kestelman is the first to admit that Dodo’s successes have been no easy feat, “Over the years we have had our share of challenges and learnt some big lessons. My aim was to bring down prices across the market and provide Australians with great services while maintaining cost competitiveness. Today I am very proud to say we have achieved what we set out to do and that our service is second to none.” With a strong business foundation in place, Dodo is well positioned for the next ten years and beyond with a host of growth opportunities for the company to capitalise on. “The roll-out of the NBN and our ever increasing presence in the Australian electricity market provides exciting prospects for our future. Our existing business models have been refined over the years to allow us to maximise on wholesale purchasing and succeed while working within tight margins,” said Kestelman. Future plans for Dodo include the roll-out of gas retailing in Victoria at the end of 2011 and the launch of three new Dodo Connect retail kiosks around Melbourne. “Having a physical presence will enable us to provide a more personalised service to our customers, as they will be able to connect to all Dodo products including electricity at our new kiosks,” said Kestelman. The Dodo team will celebrate its tenth birthday with a gala event on the 15th of October 2011, to thank and congratulate all who have made Dodo Australia the success it is today. Guests will include: current Miss Universe Australia title holder, Scherri-Lee Biggs, Minister Conroy and NBL Tigers Coach, Trevor Gleeson and star players Cam Tragardh and Matt Burston. “I am very happy to be celebrating a decade in the industry and the innovative role Dodo has played in bringing down prices across the board”, said Kestelman.