Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Virtual awards


The Deniliquin Business Chamber’s Business Excellence Awards will move to a virtual format.

Chamber had hoped to host a gala awards ceremony on Friday, September 3, but last week’s extension of NSW lockdown rules forced it to make changes.

Awards organiser Susie Wallace said while it’s a shame the awards can’t go ahead as planned, she is glad the community can still partake in a virtual format.

She said the one benefit is that more people can be involved, as there will be no need to abide by capacity restrictio­ns.

‘‘We are disappoint­ed not to being having everyone in the same room to celebrate,’’ Mrs Wallace said.

‘‘But a virtual format does mean everyone can celebrate the finalists.

‘‘People can watch from the comfort of their own home, even get some take-away and watch along.

‘‘Even if we could hold an event, we would have been limited to 110 at the Deniliquin RSL Club, so this way the whole community can get on board and congratula­te the finalists.’’

Mrs Wallace said the process will replicate last year’s virtual awards.

‘‘It will be a presentati­on recording, allowing people to click the link and watch.

‘‘We’ll also have more prizes this year, thanks to our beautiful sponsors.’’

A link will be available on the Chamber’s website, and on social media closer to the event, which will still be held on September 3 from 6.30pm.

Thirteen awards categories will be presented as part of the event, including outstandin­g employee, outstandin­g community organisati­on and outstandin­g new business.

And of course, the coveted Business of the Year will be announced too.

‘‘All the finalists are completely deserving, and I’m glad I don’t have to pick,’’ Mrs Wallace said.

‘‘The presentati­ons will also include a brief update on why people won.’’

The Pastoral Times has been major sponsor of the Business Awards for more than 15 years.

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