Lots of award choice
There was a great response to the call for nominations under the new format of the 2019 Berrigan Shire Business Awards.
There were 17 nominations in the ‘People’s Choice Award for Excellence in Customer Service’ — more than double number previously received in this category.
This is a popular category and it is the community’s opportunity to acknowledge the great service received and also play a part in the Business Awards.
As it is the People’s Choice award all those nominated have been offered a place. The businesses nominated are as follows: Barooga Fee’s Coffee House; Stroke Work in Motion; Barooga Laundromat; Barooga Hotel; IGA Express. Berrigan Woodstock Flour; Evans Butchery; Berrigan Caravan Park. Finley Protem Real Estate; Hong Lock Restaurant; Daisy Maes; Local Dental. Tocumwal HA Accounting; Toc Shuttle Bus; Travelling Podiatrist; Sparkyman Electrical; L Desailly Personal Training.
Online voting will remain open until March 20.
The voting portal will be set up to allow only one vote from any URL and the list will also be randomised to present the businesses in a different order each time the portal is opened.
To vote visit r/TGBGM33. www.surveymonkey.com/
In a little over 12 months these teenagers will travel to Timor Leste as part of the successful Community Immersion Program.The students — Jemma Coombs, Abbey Marshall, Meg Marsden, Niamh Mason, Lily Sharp, Clay Webb, Will Sexton, Justin Lawton, Sarah Orro and Elle Rochford — are going to donate medical aid, education supplies and learn about the country.They will also be under the watchful eye of guardians Rhett Armstrong, Kelly Lawlor, Lisa Small and Yasmine McGrath.Before the students travel to East Timor they will spend as much time as possible volunteering and running fundraisers to help build the required $30,000 to pay for medical supplies.Jemma said the program is a great opportunity to help her skills as a person.‘‘I felt like it was a chance to help out a third world country and benefit my skills working in a team.‘‘I wanted to have a go at something worthwhile that’ll be good for both me and others.‘‘Everything we raise goes to Timor; not to us. That’s why we offer to work at community events,’’ Jemma said.Will said for many of the students it’s the first time volunteering and doing general community work.‘‘We’re going to be helping around the community when we can. We recently helped out at the Finley Tractor Pull.‘‘I’m looking forward heading over there. It’s a struggling country and anything we can do to help out is important for them.’’The Timor Leste Immersion Program is a bi-annual trip. Timor Leste Immeraion Program participants (from left) Sarah Orro, Justin Lawton, Niamh Mason, Jemma Coombs, Meg Marsden, Lily Sharp, Abbey Marshall, Will Sexton, Elle Rochford and Clay Webb.