SPAR Supermarket at Molong has been named the Best Business in Cabonne at the annual Daroo Business Awards.
After winning different categories in previous years, SPAR Supermarket beat the largest field of finalists in the history of the Daroos to take out the coveted major award.
Representing owners Peter Crich and Patrick Brennan, the supermarket’s manager Debbie Gant accepted the trophy from Cabonne Mayor Kevin Beatty and the NSW Government’s Executive Director of Regional Development Jane Spring at a glittering dinner at Yeoval Memorial Hall.
Belinda Thurtell from accountancy firm Yates Baker McLean was named Employee of the Year while the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year award went to Tara Walker, from Cudal Community Children’s Centre.
Awards chairman and Executive Officer of Central NSW Business HQ Bruce Buchanan said the Daroos continued to go from strength-to-strength, with a record field of finalists this year and a sell-out crowd of 250 people attending the presentation dinner – the largest in the 18-year history of the awards.
Mr Buchanan said voting in a number of categories was also the closest on record, with two highly commended trophies being presented in several categories for the first time.
“In one category only one vote separated the three top finalists,” he said.
The full list of 2017 Cabonne Daroo Business Award winners is as follows:
Best New Business
Timber Tales - Winner
MBC Molong Highly Commended
Studio 1991– Highly Commended
Best Ongoing Business
Cargo Store - Winner
Eugowra Newsagency & Supermarket – Highly Commended
Best Home-Based Business
Greenwood Designs - Winner
Leanne Pearce Dogwash – Highly Commended
Excellence in Hospitality
Molong Bakery - Winner
Excellence in Accommodation
Old School House Molong - Winner
Excellence in Marketing, Advertising & Communication
Canowindra Phoenix - Winner
Excellence in Tourism
Adloyalty Discover the Riches Campaign - Winner
Coco Harvest – Highly Commended
Excellence in Environmental Enhancement
Heifer Station Wines - Winner
Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture
Ag N Vet Cumnock - Winner
Rosnay Organics – Highly Commended
Excellence in Service Operations – Small Entity
Cumnock General Store – Winner
Clearwater Tanks - Highly Commended
Excellence in Service Operations – Large Entity
MSM Milling -Winner
Molong Health One – Highly Commended
Molong Pharmacy – Highly Commended
Contribution to Cabonne – Community Organisation
Long White Lunch - Winner
UPA Yeoval – Highly Commended
Contribution to Cabonne – Business
Canowindra Balloon Challenge - Winner
Ag N Vet Yeoval – Highly Commended
Business Fostering Disability Inclusion
Fencing 1 - Winner
Employee of the Year
Belinda Thurtell, YBM - Winner
Apprentice / Trainee of the Year
Tara Walker, Cudal Community Children’s Centre - Winner
Best Business in Cabonne
SPAR Supermarket Molong - Winner