Businesses and staff recognised at awards presentation evening

September 28, 2010

New and long term Bingara business owners were recognised at the annual Presentation of Vocational Educationa nd Business awards.


Rural Business winners, Peter and Ann Mack of Peranjou Cottages, Senior employee, Raelene Barton of H. Fay and Sons, Small Business owner, Susan Bridges, Young employee, Rebecca Lanagan, Large business owner, Rod King of Bingara Newsagency, and President of Bingara and District Vision 2020, Frances Young.

Junior Employee of the Year was won by Rebecca Lanagan, employed at La Vogue Hair Salon.  After completing her schooling at Warialda High School, Rebecca sought a local apprenticeship in Hairdressing. She was fortunate to gain this at Ren Rut in Warialda.

Now, as a mother with a young family she has been thankful to achieve a position with Susan Bridges’ La Vogue hair salon. Rebecca loves her customers and her work and looks forward to expanding her experiences in health and beauty. She even recalls her one experience with a cut throat razor during a barbering session as being… “frightening, but exciting”.

Senior Employee of the Year awarded to Raelene Barton of H.Fay and Sons. Raelene typifies the employee who gets things done behind the scenes. Having experienced the retail world as a check out operator, a company representative and as a back office supervisor, Raelene has seen it all.

The need for products to be correctly priced, ordered and ticketed has to fall to someone and Raelene has dutifully and diligently fulfilled this role at H.Fay & Sons for more than ten years.

Small Business of the Year was awarded to La Vogue Hair Salon owned by Susan Bridges.  To take a good business and make it great is a real challenge. To do so as a mother with a young family is truly remarkable.

Susan Bridges, who bought the business a little over a year and a half ago, has achieved both and has made La Vogue Hair salon an iconic business in Bingara. Not content with her successes so far, Susan now intends to expand her business into new premises and with a broader range of beauty services.

Large Business of the Year was awarded to Bingara Newsagency owned by Rod King.  An astute business person never remains satisfied with what the business offers. Always, new challenges, new offers and a new ambience is being considered.

Rod King is such a business person. Since purchasing the Bingara Newsagency, Rod has continually revised and reshaped his business to meet the changing needs and expectations of his customers. A recent re-fit typifies Rod‘s approach of always looking for improvement. His support of a skilled staff, both new and experienced, typifies this commitment to Bingara, his business and his customers.

Rural Business of the Year awarded to “Peranjou Cottages”owned by Peter and Ann Mack.  Peter and Ann typify the rural couple intent on combining the best of their talents and resources to forge new enterprises. Farmer Peter and teacher Ann have combined their talents at “Peranjou” to provide a true taste of country life.

They and their sons have developed “Peranjou Cottages” as a rural escape, complete with country hospitality, good food, good living and a true spirit of rural adventure.

Bingara Community awarded Vanessa Patch their award for her dedication to industry.