Achievements of Strathbogie businesses praised
11 August 2015
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan has applauded the achievements of some of Strathbogie’s finest small businesses.
More than 160 people attended the 2015 Strathbogie Shire Business Awards on Friday night to acknowledge the achievements of local businesses at Fowles Winery in Avenel.
"It gives me great pleasure to congratulate all the award nominees and recipients," Ms Ryan said.
"A particular congratulations to award winners Samantha Reed at Ray White Nagambie, The Honeysuckle Store in Violet Town, Mawson’s Bakery Café in Euroa, Avenel Meats and Skydive Nagambie.
"It is important that we recognise the invaluable contribution local businesses make to our region, the local economy and local employment.
"About 30 per cent of Victoria’s 530,000 small businesses are in regional Victoria and many of them show amazing innovation and creativity.
"Our region has some wonderful natural advantages. Some of the small businesses awarded tonight have found a way to capitalise off our proximity to Melbourne and our reputation for great food and wine.
"I commend the Strathbogie Shire, Business Enterprise Euroa and Nagambie Lakes Tourism and Commerce on another great night."
Ms Ryan said small businesses in the region were facing new challenges as a result of Daniel Andrews’ plan to create two new public holidays.
"Small businesses in our region are going to have to charge more or shut their doors on the Friday before the Grand Final," Ms Ryan said.
"Labor’s public holidays will cost more than $1 billion to Victoria’s economy and thousands of casual workers their shifts."
For a full list of award recipients and nominees visit www.euroa.org.au/business-awards