Cour­tesy award win ‘a sur­prise’

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery Adam.McCleery@cnbtimes.com.au

GAYN­DAH Fur­nish­ers and Floors owner and op­er­a­tor Shane Ost­wald has been awarded the Gayn­dah De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion Cour­tesy Award for 2016.

The award is in recog­ni­tion of Mr Ost­wald’s com­mu­nity work.

Gayn­dah De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Steve Hickey pre­sented Mr Ost­wald the award and plaque that now bears his name.

“It was a com­plete sur­prise. I didn’t know I was nom­i­nated and when I got home Sue told me we had to go out,” Mr Ost­wald said.

“At that point I still had no idea.

“Sue wanted to take me to the car­ols, which is quite odd. I was re­sist­ing a bit but once we got into town she sprung it on me that I would be a part of pro­ceed­ings.”

The Gayn­dah De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion re­ceives three nom­i­na­tions from the com­mu­nity and then mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and busi­ness com­mu­nity vote anony­mously.

“It makes it a lit­tle more spe­cial that it is voted on by your peers,” Mr Ost­wald said.

“It’s re­ally nice to get that award. We are here to be a part of the com­mu­nity and there are some pretty good peo­ple on that cour­tesy board al­ready. It’s nice to be thought of like them.

“To be hon­est, it was a bit be­wil­der­ing for me at first and I didn’t know what to say.”

Mr Ost­wald recog­nised the im­por­tance of re­ceiv­ing the award.

“It’s ob­vi­ously a huge hon­our and I think it’s good to have some­thing that recog­nises those peo­ple who do a lit­tle ex­tra around the com­mu­nity,” he said.

The award recog­nises the con­tri­bu­tion of busi­ness own­ers to their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

AWARD: GDA Inc Cour­tesy Award win­ner Shane Ost­wald.

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