TWENTY-seven Cabonne businesses and community groups will be recognised for their business excellence when the annual Daroo Business Awards are announced next month.
Winners for the awards will be announced at a black-tie dinner in Manildra on Friday, November 2.
Judges praised the quality of the entries and were highly impressed with the standard of the finalists, which were selected from more than 80 entrants in 14 categories, ranging from excellence in retail to community contributions.
Finalists in the Employee of the Year and Apprentice/Trainee of the Year categories are still being judged and will be announced next week.
Cabonne mayor Ian Gosper said the strong support from businesses throughout the shire showed how highly prized the Daroo awards had become.
“The judging for the Daroos is always difficult because of the standard of the entries and I’m sure this year was no different,” Cr Gosper said.
The 27 businesses and community groups vying for Daroo awards are:
n Age of Fishes Museum
n Australian National Field Days
Balloon Joy Flights
Canowindra Bowling Club
Canowindra Challenge Inc
Canowindra Men’s Shed
Cargo General Store
David Bigg Accounting
Jamace Graphic Design
Little River Landcare Group
Manildra Craft Cottage
Manildra First Responders
Manildra Flour Mill
Molong District Preschool
Molong Ready Mixed Concrete
Sandeanies Country Retreat
Snooze Ezy Ice
Sweetness Your lolly Shop
Eat Your Greens Function Centre
Tickets for the presentation dinner at the Memorial Hall in Kiewa Street, Manildra are on sale and are expected to sell quickly. Tickets cost $55 each from the Cabonne Orange Blayney Business Enterprise Centre in Orange and can be ordered by phoning 6362 0448 or calling into the BEC at 124-128 Summer Street.