Mr NORTHE (Morwell) — I rise today to acknowledge the success of a number of Gippsland businesses following the recent 2016 Bendigo Bank Gippsland Business Awards. Businesses within the Morwell electorate performed extremely well, with Applebox Farm/Gippsland Free Range Eggs from Glengarry a finalist in the food and wine production section. In the hospitality section the friendly staff from Claudia’s Cafe in Morwell were worthy finalists along with the excitable team from the Three Little Birds Cafe in Traralgon. Guy and Stacey Martin from the Churchill Hotel were very proud and deserving winners of the same section, and they have done a marvellous job in reinvigorating this much-loved pub. The fine dining and service at MOMO in Traralgon was recognised in the new business section, whilst Rene and Tess from Embrace Fitness and Wellbeing in Morwell were the winners of the new business category.
The team at Spectrum Productions in Traralgon were a finalist in the services, business and professional, section; and in the services, personal and other, category Le Keyah Skin Rejuvenation Centre in Traralgon, the Poolside Swim School in Traralgon and the Laundry Lounge coin laundry in Morwell were all worthy finalists. Aridian Cabinets in Traralgon, Central Gippsland Building Consultants and CommSite Integrated Communications were finalists in the services, trade and construction, section. A massive congratulations to Lynda Bertoli and the team at Sage Technology from Morwell for their deserved induction into the hall of fame.
It has been a challenging time for businesses in Gippsland, with rising unemployment, not helped by the withdrawal of key specific local development programs by the Andrews government. Despite this one can only admire the spirit, determination and innovation of so many Gippsland businesses.