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Glen Innes businesses urged to represent their community

Glen Innes Severn Council General Manager, Hein Basson and RDANI Senior Project Officer, Kim-Trieste Hastings discuss innovative businesses in front of the Council Chambers.
Glen Innes Severn Council General Manager, Hein Basson and RDANI Senior Project Officer, Kim-Trieste Hastings discuss innovative businesses in front of the Council Chambers.

The 2011 Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) Innovation Awards deadline for entries is fast approaching. Business or public sector organisation representatives are being urged to put their hand up for recognition at a regional level.

“The awards provide an opportunity to showcase local business success stories that are contributing to our prospering communities and offer opportunity for future growth’, Glen Innes Severn Council Mayor Steve Toms said. “We are proud of our success and encourage businesses to nominate for the Innovation Awards”

Glen Innes Severn Council General Manager, Hein Basson points out that businesses in Glen Innes have been leaders in innovation, highlighting the success of Reg Trethewey manufacturing the Autobaler in Deepwater and Hugh Eastwood expanding Eastmon Photographics/Photo Create in Glen Innes.

“If you have pride in what your business or organisation is doing and (particularly) in how it is doing things differently, then now is the time to self-nominate and make the rest of the region proud of its progressive, innovative and dedicated business operators," RDANI Senior Project Officer, Kim-Trieste Hastings said. "Our region's businesses are closely linked to their local communities. Yet, their innovative spirit and community contributions are under-recognised. The Northern Inland Innovation Awards provide that recognition and promotion."

Entries are being sought from throughout the Armidale Dumaresq, Glen Innes Severn, Gunnedah, Guyra, Gwydir, Inverell, Liverpool Plains, Moree Plains, Narrabri, Tamworth Regional, Tenterfield, Uralla and Walcha Council areas.

Categories are: Agriculture / Horticulture and associated services; Tourism / Leisure and Services; Professional and Retail services; Manufacturing and Engineering; and Research and Education. The 2011 Innovation of the Year Award will be presented to the leading innovator across all categories. Innovation is not necessarily invention; it can, for example, be a practice, approach or procedure.

The Awards have attracted public and private sector support this year, including: the NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services; the Federal Government's Enterprise Connect; AusIndustry; New England Mutual; AgriFood Skills Australia; Austsafe Super; and Eastern Star Gas, with RDANI being the primary funding body.

Ms Hastings said that RDANI is mindful of how 'time-stressed' the region's businesses are, so the process is concise. "By entering, you not only stand to promote the efforts of your business at local and regional levels, you will also help promote and inspire Northern Inland NSW."

The closing date for entries is Wednesday, 21 September and forms can be found at www.niia.com.au.

The gala awards presentation evening will be held at the Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club on Friday, 28 October. Tickets need to be purchased by Friday, 14 October, at a cost of $60.00 pp.

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