11 May 2023

Distillery scoops two gongs in Snowy Monaro Business Awards

| Gail Eastaway
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Snowy Monaro Business Award winners.

Wildbrumby Distillery has capped off its 20th anniversary with major wins in the Snowy Monaro Business Awards. Owners Brad and Monika Spalding received their trophy from Kaddie Armstrong of Bombala Chamber of Commerce (left). Photo: Snowy Monaro Regional Council.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council is excited to share this year’s Snowy Monaro Business Awards winners, following a gala dinner in Cooma on Friday 5 May. The biennial awards attracted a record number of entries this year.

There were 225 nominations for 113 individual businesses for the 2023 awards.

Council extends its congratulations to all nominees, finalists and winners for their perseverance and ongoing commitment to the region and community.

“Our region is lucky to have a vibrant local business community that makes the Snowy Monaro such a great place to live, work and do business,” a council spokesperson said.

Major awards were won across the whole council region, with Wildbrumby Distillery celebrating its 20th anniversary with two major awards.

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Cooma Monaro Railway, which recently opened a local railway museum and only this week took delivery of steam locomotive 3032, was judged the best visitor experience.

Awards for business of the year were won by businesses in Cooma, Jindabyne, Bombala and local villages.

The awards were presented by Snowy Monaro Regional Council in collaboration with local chambers of commerce.

The 2023 Snowy Monaro Business Awards winners are:

Outstanding Employee, sponsored by Member for Eden-Monaro Kristy McBain – Meg Morris – Snowy Mountains Helicopters

Employer of Choice, sponsored by Regional Development Australia Southern Inland – Sea 2 Sky Electrical

Outstanding Start-up, sponsored by Snowy Mountains Helicopters – Snowy Monaro Valuers

Excellence in Innovation, sponsored by Telstra – Elliott Farm

Excellence in Sustainability, sponsored by Perisher – No Filter Hair & Make Up

Outstanding Visitor Experience – Cooma Monaro Railway

Excellence in Micro Business – Behind the Boots

Excellence in Small Business – Birchwood Cafe

Excellence in Large Business – Snowy Vets

Farmer/Agricultural Business of the Year, sponsored by Agsafe – Bredbo North, Capital Region Memory Farm, Bredbo North Angus

Hair, Beauty and Wellness Business of the Year – Kaptivate Makeup & Skin

Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism Business of the Year – Wildbrumby Distillery & Cafe

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Medical, Allied Health and Fitness Business of the Year – Skip Regional Youth Dance Company

Professional Services Business of the Year – Monaro Dance Centre

Retail Business of the Year – Design & Detail – Mountain Style

Trade Business of the Year, sponsored by Hip Pocket Workwear & Safety Cooma – Sea 2 Sky Electrical

Transport, Freight and Logistics Business of the Year – McLachlan Haulage

Bombala Business of the Year – People’s Choice Award sponsored by Snowy Hydro – Lou Lou’s Boutique and Gifts

Cooma Business of the Year – People’s Choice Award sponsored by Snowy Hydro – Charles Davis Photography

Jindabyne Business of the Year – People’s Choice Award sponsored by Snowy Hydro – Design & Detail – Mountain Style

Villages Business of the Year – People’s Choice Award sponsored by Snowy Hydro – Wildbrumby Distillery & Cafe

Council thanked the Snowy Monaro community for their support of this year’s awards, with more than 2900 votes received across the People’s Choice categories – a substantial increase on 2021’s 719 votes.

The next Snowy Monaro Business Awards will be held in 2025.

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