Canowindra businesses and organisations figured prominently in this year's Daroo Business Awards at the presentation dinner held in Manildra last Friday, November 1.
The big winner on the night was a Manildra business, Clearwater tanks named the Best Business.
Canowindra's Age of Fishes was again a winner at the awards taking out the award for Contribution to Cabonne by a Business.
The Excellence in Service Operations - Large Entity was presented to theCanowindra Hotel.
St Vincent de Paul, Canowindra and Canowindra Pre-school Kindergarten were joint winners of the Contribution to Cabonne by a Community Organisation.
The Business Fostering Disability Inclusion award was presented toCabonne Council Home and Community Care, Canowindra.
The Canowindra Phoenix rounded out a big night for Canowindra, receiving the award for Excellence in Marketing, Advertising and Communications.
In presenting the evening's major trophy, Cabonne Mayor Kevin Beatty said Clearwater Tanks exemplified the innovation, skill and business intuition of many outstanding businesses in Cabonne Shire.
The Best Business in Cabonne was one of three judged awards, with 14 other category winners determined by a popular vote format.
"All three independent judges were unanimous in their selection of Clearwater Tanks from an outstanding field of businesses in contention for the award, including the other finalists Australian National Field Days and YBM Molong," Cr Beatty said.
Sarah Evans, from Cumnock Pre-school, was named the Employee of the Year while the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year award went to Emma Regan, from Cabonne Council.
Awards chairperson Cr Libby Oldham said the Daroos continued to go from strength-to-strength, with a record number of nominations and votes received this year.
"The Daroos recognise the achievements and contributions of Cabonne businesses and their employees across a range of categories. They aim to raise the profile of Cabonne companies and organisations that demonstrate a commitment to excellence in their area of service or management," Cr Oldham said.
"The profile of the awards has grown substantially since their inception in 2000 and they are highly sought by a range of businesses, organisations and individuals throughout Cabonne."
Cr Oldham praised all those who had worked so hard to make the awards a special night, particularly members of the Manildra community.