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Opportunity to Highlight Regional Innovation

Monday 1st of September 2014
2013 RDA Northern Inland Innovation of the Year was Armidale’s ICT International, received by CEO Susan Cull and Managing Director Dr. Peter Cull.
2013 RDA Northern Inland Innovation of the Year was Armidale’s ICT International, received by CEO Susan Cull and Managing Director Dr. Peter Cull.

Businesses, public and not-for-profit organisations and Local Government are being urged to submit entries now for the 7th annual Regional Development Australia Northern Inland Innovation Awards. Nominations close on Friday 26th, September, 2014. Enter online or find further information through the Awards’ website: www.niia.com.au


The Innovation Awards are an initiative of Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI). The aim is to recognise and showcase the region's innovations and innovative approaches. RDANI Executive Officer, Nathan Axelsson said the awards also address the additional need for regional businesses and organisations to be innovative towards delivering better outcomes, improving their competitive edge, sustainability or achieving growth. “If you innovate, think outside the square, explore new directions or approaches, then RDANI wants to hear your story. You should be keen to promote what sets you apart,” he said. “We want to recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of local organisations or businesses. Entering these awards not only puts your operation up for recognition at a regional level, it also helps to inspire others.”


“The practical importance of these awards to the region is demonstrated by the sponsors, which are supportive of this region and innovation in their own right. This year, we are grateful for support from AgriFood Skills Australia, AusIndustry, the University of New England, Telstra Country Wide, Trade and Investment NSW and Moree Plains Shire Council,” Mr Axelsson said.


The Northern Inland Innovation Award Categories are: Agriculture / Horticulture and associated services; Retail, Tourism & Leisure; Professional and Government services; Manufacturing and Engineering; and Research and Education. The RDANI Innovation Awards judging panel will also choose the recipient of the inaugural Innovative Community Contribution Award aimed at Local Government and the Not-For-Profit sector. Finalists for each category will be invited to attend the gala awards night, with the general public also encouraged to attend. The 2014 Innovation of the Year Award will be presented to the leading innovator across all categories. The gala presentation evening will take place at the Max Centre Ballroom in Moree on Friday, 7 November.


RDANI Committee Chair Mal Peters has urged business and organisation representatives to be proud of what they are doing and promote what they think is special or unique, through the Northern Inland Innovation Awards. He has also called on the region to come along to the Awards night in Moree. “The awards night is a great opportunity to see the innovation, business drive, passion, creativity and resourcefulness to be found in our region. The success of some of our quiet achievers over the past seven years that we’ve run these awards have been outstanding.”





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