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Businesses on show at awards

Levi and Rachel Smith of Mareeba Working Dog Supplies and Saddlery. PHOTOS BY PETER ROY PHOTOGRAPHER.

THE local business community came together on Saturday night to celebrate businesses throughout the Mareeba Shire.

The Mareeba Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards is a bi-annual event that honours business achievement and showcases Mareeba’s finest emerging and established businesses.

The event gives the community a chance to nominate businesses and individuals for an award to recognise their business excellence skills and customer service.

Mareeba Chamber of Commerce president Joe Moro said the quality of nominees was exceptional, and demonstrated Mareeba’s reputation as a leader across a range of industries.

“The awards pay homage to the business and individuals who go over and above in their chosen industries, and allow us to celebrate the achievements of so many who contribute to our great shire,” Mr Moro said.

“The reason why it’s so important is basically someone has taken the time to recognise a business for the level of service, innovation and excellence that they do.”

Nine local businesses walked away with awards, including Mareeba Working Dog Supplies and Saddlery which won the biggest award of the night – Business of the Year as well as the award for best revitalised business.

Luke Davies of LWD Electrics walked away with the new business of the year award and long standing Byrnes St business Mareeba Toyota and Hansen Ford won the excellence in retail.

Excellence in the service industry was awarded to Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation Primary Health Care Service, while Jaques Coffee Plantation was awarded the excellence in tourism and Skybury Coffee won the rural/agriculture award.

People’s choice awards were won by FlexiChoice (community/ event of the year), while young Raechal Thorne of Mareeba News was recognised for her customer service.

The celebration event was held at KUR-Cow Barnwell Farm that commenced with a show in the arena followed by a night of celebrations.

“The business awards are highly respected and have great value and great meaning to all involved,” said Mr Moro.

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