Excellence recognised at business awards

September 13, 2012

Businesses and employees and schold students were recognised, at the 15th Annual Vocational Education and Gwydir Shire Business Awards Presentation night held recently at the Roxy.

The Bingara Senior (21 years and over) award went to Gwydir Council employee, Kellie Gill.  The citation for the award read: Kellie provides excellent and professional support to the General Manager, the Councillers of the Gwydir Shire and to the general public. Much of the work she handles is highly sensitive therefore her excellent knowledge of council’s procedures help in carrying out her tasks and the fact that she continues to study further enhances her product knowledge.

The Junior Employee award was won by Ethan Brown, who has been employed by Meat on Maitland for only eight months and has proved to be a worthwhile employee, he is enthusiastic and willing to learn. He is polite and helpful to customers and his product knowledge exceeds his age and length of employment.

Shenanigans on Gwydir picked up the award for the Small Business of the year.  “Shenanigans on Gwydir provide customer service second to none,” the citation read.  “Staff are helpful courteous and empathetic to their client needs and continue to improve their knowledge of business through networking, contacts and training.  Their range of ladies fashion clothing is unique as they cater for real women and which can now be seen on their website.”

The Imperial Hotel is the winner of the large business (over five employees) award.  “Deasribed as ‘The Place to Meet’, The Imperial Hotel Bingara team of proprietors and staff ensure that the quality of service, meals, refreshments and accommodation are top class,” the citation read.  “The owners Erik and Noelene Ozols have also assisted many charities and Gwydir Shire organisations in opening their premises for fund raisers, with their staff working together.”

The Agricultural Award was won by Garry and Linda McDouall. Their farming enterprise, “Yarraman” has been designed for easy management and ecological regeneration. Key strategies include intensive grazing management, no chemicals and minimal artificial fertiliser, native pastures grazed to extend both growing and season and palatability, a fully reticulated high flow watering system, many paddocks allowing planned rest, and extensive tree planting.

Vocational Award winners

  • Gwydir Learning Special Award: Melissa O’Keeffe.
  • Community college Northern Inland delivered vocational Education and Training Achievement Awards: Kiana Matheson and Yar Maker
  • TAFE delivered vocational Education & Training Achievement Awards: Carley Jones, Carly Turner and Daniel Rafter.
  • Year 10 School Based Apprentice and Trainee of the Year: Warialda, Cody Brown.
  • Year 12 of the Year: Bingara Tori Dixon, Warialda, Natasha Kemp.
  • Coordinator’s Award: Natasha Kemp
  • Vocational Education Excellence Award: Tori Dixon.

This week’s Bingara Advocate has a photo gallery of  award recipients.