Canowindra, Cargo businesses named as Daroo finalists

Canowindra's Age of Fishes Museum is just one of the finalists in this year's Daroo Awards.
Canowindra's Age of Fishes Museum is just one of the finalists in this year's Daroo Awards.

Canowindra and Cargo businesses are among a select field of finalists that have been announced for the 2019 Cabonne Daroo Business Awards.

After record nominations and votes, three finalists have been named in most of the 17 categories.

Awards chairperson Cr Libby Oldham said a smaller venue for the awards dinner in November meant the committee had to limit the number of finalists this year.

"In recent years we've had 10 finalists or more in some categories, but this year it is a real achievement to be named as a finalist," Cr Oldham said.

The winners of this year's awards will be announced at a gala dinner at Manildra Soldiers Memorial Hall on Friday, November 1, tickets for which will go on sale this week.

Cr Oldham said the Daroos put the spotlight on Cabonne businesses and organisations that demonstrate a commitment to excellence in their service or management.

"The profile of the awards has grown substantially since their inception in 2000 and they are now regarded as one of the major events on the regional business calendar," she said.

"Competition was stronger than ever this year."

The awards introduced a new category this year for businesses that have thrived in adversity, particularly during the prolonged drought.

Cr Oldham said that with a limited number of places available this year, tickets to the 2019 awards were sure to be hot property.

"I would advise anyone wishing to attend to purchase their tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment," she said.

Tickets can be purchased online for $66 each by going to the awards website www.daroobusinessawards.com.au

The following finalists (in alphabetical order) have been announced for the 2019 awards:

Best New Business

  • Downtown Fitness
  • Frock On
  • The Cheesecake Co

Best Ongoing Business

  • Cargo Store
  • Clearwater Tanks
  • Eden Décor and Gifts

Best Home Based Business

  • Greenwood Designs
  • Jackie Watson Cabonne Blayney Family Day Care
  • The Cheesecake Co

Excellence in Hospitality

  • Eat Your Greens
  • Heifer Station Wines
  • Molong Bakery

Excellence in Accommodation

  • Old School House
  • Old Vic Inn
  • Royal Hotel Yeoval

Excellence in Marketing, Advertising & Communications

  • Age of Fishes Museum
  • Canowindra Phoenix
  • Downtown Fitness

Excellence in Tourism

  • Age of Fishes Museum
  • Australian National Field Days
  • Heifer Station Wines
  • Twisted River Wines

Excellence in Environmental Enhancement and Sustainable Agriculture

  • Ag N Vet Cumnock
  • Little River Land Care
  • Rural Centre Manildra

Excellence in Service Operations - Small Entity

  • Canowindra Country Bakehouse
  • Canowindra Tyre Service
  • Eden Décor and Gifts

Excellence in Service Operations - Large Entity

  • Canowindra Hotel
  • Clearwater Tanks
  • Cumnock Village Preschool

Contribution to Cabonne - Community Organisation

  • Canowindra Preschool Kindergarten
  • Molong Rugby League Football Club
  • St Vincent De Paul Canowindra

Contribution to Cabonne - Business

  • Age of Fishes Museum
  • Australian National Field Days
  • MSM Milling

Business Fostering Disability Inclusion

  • Age of Fishes Museum
  • Cabonne Community Transport
  • Cabonne Council Home and Community Care

Business that has thrived through Adversity

  • Cargo Store
  • Eden Décor and Gifts
  • Gavin Shearing Pty Ltd

Best Business in Cabonne

  • Australian National Field Days
  • Clearwater Tanks
  • YBM Molong

Finalists in the judged awards for Employee of the Year and Apprentice/Trainee of the Year will be announced at the awards dinner.