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Nominate for ‘Prime Super Northern Inland Innovation Awards’

Thursday 11th of March 2010
Innovator of the Year Winner in 2009, was Armidale’s Training Resource and Multimedia Studio. Pictured here are TRAMS’ Commercial Director, Ross Maclennan, Interim Executive Officer of RDANI, Don Tydd and TRAMS’ Creative Director, Gordon Cope
Innovator of the Year Winner in 2009, was Armidale’s Training Resource and Multimedia Studio. Pictured here are TRAMS’ Commercial Director, Ross Maclennan, Interim Executive Officer of RDANI, Don Tydd and TRAMS’ Creative Director, Gordon Cope

Are you innovative, cutting-edge, ground-breaking, leading or new in your approach and practices? Regional Development Australia Northern Inland is calling for nominations for the 2010 Prime Super Northern Inland Innovation Awards. All businesses and organisations in the region are being urged to consider what makes them innovative and how widespread recognition of their success could benefit them.

 

During the next few months, RDANI Project Officer for the Awards, Kim-Trieste Hastings ’s mission will entail extensive travel throughout the region, as she gets in touch with the business and industry sectors of Northern Inland NSW. “I’ll be talking with people from the Councils, representatives of different associations, business and industry organisations such as Chambers of Commerce. I’ll be liaising directly with the grass-roots, making sure people are aware of these innovation awards and the opportunity they represent – it is an exciting thing to be a part of,” she said.

 

According to Ms Hastings, nominations from Quirindi to Mungindi, and across to Tenterfield should be flooding in over coming months.

 

“We have a great many exciting operations in this region. However, many local innovators tend to be low key and need to build their profile, with the Awards offering an unique regional exposure opportunity. Often, they do not realise why they should promote their successes in their own backyard.”

 

“A lot of people don’t really know about the businesses that are out there in this region and the innovative work that they are doing. Now is the time for a business or association to make us aware of what they are doing, their achievements, new ideas and practices that they have come up with. Innovation isn’t invention. There are so many operations out there, large and small, which are innovative, growing and succeeding. We want to hear these stories.”

 

“If you have thought ‘outside the square’ and it has paid off for your operation or business, you should be proud and you should be acknowledged by your region. You can help to inspire others,” Ms Hastings said.

“Nominees stand to gain marketing, public awareness and to make us proud, across the region, of what they are doing and exactly how they are doing it,” she said.

 

The Prime Super Northern Inland Innovation Award Categories for 2009 are:
• Agriculture / Horticulture and associated services
• Tourism / Leisure and services
• Professional and Retail services
• Manufacturing and Engineering
• Research and Education


There will be a Nominator’s Award, to acknowledge businesses and individuals who nominate others.

 

The 2010 Innovation of the Year Award will be presented to the leading innovator across all categories. This year, the gala Awards night will be held in the Inverell RSM Club on Saturday, November 13.

 

Regional Development Australia’s Northern Inland’s Innovation Awards Committee will select the finalists, who will be invited to attend the Innovation Expo and gala awards evening.

 

According to RDANI Chair, Kevin Abey, the Prime Super Northern Inland Innovation Awards have an important role in promoting business development and highlighting role model operations to inspire others. “In these challenging economic times, this region has a lot of businesses that are surviving and progressing and we want to highlight those achievers,” he said. “It is extremely important that we recognise success through innovation, on a regional level. The region should be more self-aware and proud of its innovators and strengths. Northern Inland NSW can then work to be better appreciated as a progressive Region on State, National and even International levels.”





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