Celebration of business achievement

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Businesses in Moira Shire, nominated and voted on by the community, were celebrated for their achievements at a gala awards night held on Thursday 28 July at The Sebel in Yarrawonga.

Mayor Libro Mustica said the 2022 Moira Business Achievement Awards recognised businesses that had developed innovative ways to continue to retain and attract customers, shown leadership, and provided goods and services to our community.

“It is important to recognise those businesses in our region who have gone above and beyond to make a difference to their customers, their staff and the communities as a whole,” Cr Mustica said.

“The three finalists in each of the eight categories were chosen from nominations submitted by members of the community.”

Cr Mustica said the awards were completely community driven and Council received more than 840 nominations during the Award Nomination Period.

“The winner of each award was determined by a voting process, with the community encouraged to vote for their favourite business,” he said.

“The voting period was open for four weeks and during that time we received almost 19,000 votes, an unbelievable response.

“As a special acknowledgement, we also recognised key businesses for their outstanding achievement in winning state and national awards during the past 12 months.

“We have been overwhelmed by the engagement we have received from businesses and the community as a whole for the 2022 Moira Business Achievement Awards and I would like to thank them for getting involved and supporting this event.”

Cactus Country took out the Best Tourism award and owner John Hall said it was nice to see businesses big and small being recognised for the grit and determination required to make it in business.

“As a fellow business owner in Moira, it’s so nice to hear other people talking about the challenges they’re facing and to hear how they are overcoming them,” Mr Hall said.

“The Business Achievement Awards were absolutely amazing; Lehmo MC’d the night and he had everyone in stitches.

“Moira Shire Council and The Sebel did an incredible job pulling the event together, the whole night ran so well.

“I thought the special recognition awards were a really nice touch, it was a great opportunity to showcase businesses in our region that are punching above their weight.”

2022 Moira Business Achievement Award Winners

Best New Business – The Corner Shop, Cobram

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Best Retail Business – Ambience Bakery, Cobram

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Best Tourism Business – Cactus Country

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Best Agriculture Business – Eden Farm Produce

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Best Horticulture Business – Manto Produce

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Best Manufacturing Business – Padman Stops

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Best Professional Service – Nathalia Pharmacy

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Best MOU Regional Business – Mulwala Water Ski Club

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