Award to help show re­gion

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times News - Karen Hunt

NANNUP busi­ness Chest­nut Brae is a front-run­ner in the Re­gional Achieve­ment and Com­mu­nity Awards which will be an­nounced next month.

The busi­ness was last week named as one of three fi­nal­ists in the agri­cul­tural in­no­va­tion cat­e­gory of the Re­gional Achieve­ment and Com­mu­nity Awards.

John Stan­ley of Chest­nut Brae, which pro­duced nine tonnes of chest­nuts a year, said en­ter­ing the awards helped a busi­ness iden­tify strengths and weak­nesses and hone its mar­ket­ing strat­egy.

Mr Stan­ley, a mar­ket­ing con­sul­tant who is help­ing set up food trails to pro­mote the South West, said the re­gion had “enor­mous” po­ten­tial for food tourism.

A to­tal of 10 other cat­e­gories have awards which recog­nise com­mu­nity ser­vice, de­vel­op­ment of north­ern WA, lead­er­ship in­no­va­tion, aged care, re­gional safety, sport, teach­ing ex­cel­lence, vol­un­teer­ing, busi­ness achieve­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity.

Vince and Karen Civ­ello of KalyaaNa Spa and Well­ness Re­treat in Bridgetown, which has won nu­mer­ous awards, were semi-fi­nal­ists in the Busi­ness Achieve­ment cat­e­gory.

Mrs Civ­ello said en­ter­ing the awards was a “health and well­ness check-up” for her busi­ness and helped pro­mote and draw more peo­ple to the area.

“Ul­ti­mately where you have an award-win­ning busi­ness, that high­lights the com­mu­nity, peo­ple come to Bridgetown and spend more money here,” she said.

Judg­ing the awards is a panel which in­cludes gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives and cor­po­rate and com­mu­nity lead­ers.

Each cat­e­gory win­ner re­ceives a $2000 prize from Com­mon­wealth Bank and a tro­phy, while the over­all win­ner re­ceives an ad­di­tional $2000 from the bank plus $3000 from the Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment and a State tro­phy.

The win­ners will be an­nounced at a gala din­ner at the Hy­att Re­gency Perth on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 20.

Pic­ture: Karen Hunt

Chest­nut Brae’s John and Linda Stan­ley, pic­tured at this year’s Balin­gup Me­dieval Car­ni­vale, are fi­nal­ists in the Agri­cul­tural In­no­va­tion cat­e­gory of the Re­gional Achieve­ment and Com­mu­nity Awards.

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