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Aquna Sustainable Murray Cod named NSW Business of the year

The award was presented in front of 1000 guests, including Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Small Business Minister Damien Tudehope, at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.

Aquna Sustainable Murray Cod produce high-quality Murray cod in open ponds (or dams) on the Murray-Darling Basin river system – the fish’s native environment.

With a commercial fishing ban on wild Murray cod, and an increasing appetite for the iconic fish, Aquna has responded by developing a versatile ingredient that gives chefs new and flexible ways of including white-fleshed Murray cod on the menu.

By using a land-based aquaculture model, Aquna has one of the lowest environmental footprints in the industry.

“Aquna is a fantastic, innovative and progressive NSW business and thoroughly deserve to be named Business of the Year,” said NSW Business Chamber Regional Manager, Kellon Beard.

“The theme for our awards this year was all about how businesses of all shapes and sizes shine a light for others to follow, and Aquna is certainly doing that,” Mr Beard said.

“To think that they tested themselves against businesses from every region across our State and came out on top speaks volumes for the work they do, and how they do it.

“It’s an award that also recognises the hard working staff who make the business so successful – and I know everyone at Aquna will be delighted with this honour,” Mr Beard said.

Aquna Sustainable Murray Cod also took out the Excellence in Sustainability Award, sponsored by BINGO Industries.

The Mid North Coast was represented by a number of local businesses that won at the Regional Awards held in Port Macquarie in September. 

The business that represented the Mid North Coast at the State Awards were, Cassegrain Wines (Business of the Year), mbc Recruitment, Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, Affirmations Australia, Valley Industries, Touchwood Flowers, WM Meats, Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce, Kirstie's Skinsational, Wauchope Country Club, South West Rocks Country Club, First State Allstars and Valley Industries.

Unfortunately, none of our Regional winners were successful on the night, but all celebrated business and enjoyed the event. 

“It is very important for the Mid North Coast business community to come together and celebrate the success of Regional Business, and the awards program facilitates this,” Mr Beard said.


Mid-North Coast 2019 Winners Where:

Outstanding Young Employee

Kayla Fuller, Touchwood Flowers

Outstanding Young Entrepreneur

Ritchie Mann, WM Meats

Outstanding Business Leader

Trent Jennison, Valley Industries

Excellence in Micro Business

Kirstie's Skinsational

Excellence in Small Business

Wauchope Country Club

Excellence in Business

South West Rocks Country Club

Excellence in Export

Cassegrain Wines (Pictured)

Excellence in Social Enterprise

Valley Industries

Start Up Superstar

First State Allstars

Excellence in Innovation

Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail

Excellence in Sustainability

Affirmations Australia

Outstanding Employer of Choice

mbc Recruitment

Local Chamber of Commerce

Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce

Regional Business of the Year

Cassegrain Wines

2019, What A Year.

2019, What A Year.

Updated : 24-12-2019 12:03:07

There is no doubt that this year has been an eventful one for us all, filled with a mixture of good and not so good times for our community and region.

But I can’t tell you enough how proud I am of our whole community, and the way in which we have come together to support one another during the challenging times, particularly with the recent bushfire activity and drought conditions that have been impacting our region.

It’s indeed inspiring to see that during the challenging times, our community never fails to rally together and provide a helping hand to those in need, and this is when our real heroes truly do shine brightly.

To our local firies, emergency service crews, and the many wonderful volunteers who are working tirelessly to protect our homes and loved-ones, we owe you a huge thankyou.

However in light of this heartache, we will recover, and your Council will continue to support all those in our community who have in some way been impacted.

Whilst these recent events may be at the forefront in the minds of many of us, it’s important to remember all the great and exciting times we had this year. From community events like Countdown to Christmas, Artwalk and Ironman, through to the many projects which have been delivered like the Flynns Beach Seawall, Wauchope CBD upgrade and the continuation of the Camden Haven Beach to Beach Riverwalk… and let’s not forget all of the wonderful playgrounds delivered throughout our towns and villages.

And it doesn’t stop there, with many exciting projects and events to look forward to in 2020, right across our growing region.

I want to thank everyone in our community who has engaged with and assisted Council during the year, and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

And I really hope that our wonderful firies, emergency services personnel and volunteers get a chance to rest and enjoy the Christmas season with their family and friends - there is no doubt that they deserve it.

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The celebration of Australia Day on 26 January is not set in stone. Surely it is not beyond us to select a different date that represents how we all want to see ourselves?

There is everything right about having a unifying national day to celebrate and reflect upon all things Australian such as the land, our values and our lifestyles.

If the date of Australia Day celebrations also needs historical significance, let it have positive and meaningful associations for all Australians.

Unfortunately that is not what 26 January offers, especially for indigenous Australians.

For the First Peoples, the raising of the British flag on 26 January to establish a convict colony in New South Wales marked the beginning of an invasion that led to their decimation through murder, disease and famine.

Indigenous Australians called this same day a Day of Mourning in 1938, Invasion Day in the bicentennial year of 1988 and since 1992, Survival Day.

'Aboriginal Australians have continued to feel excluded from what has long been a British pioneering settler celebration' stated historian Elizabeth Kwan in 2007.

More inclusive alternatives to 26 January include the first day of spring - 1 September.

This was officially proclaimed National Wattle day in 1992 but wattle days in August and September have been celebrated at the state and territory level for more than a century.

The national version offers both a symbolic and practical alternative says Tammy Solonec, lawyer and Nyikina woman from the Kimberley WA.

'First it is nationally celebrated on the first day of spring; it is a beautiful time across Australia, connected with concepts of new life and fresh beginnings.

It also falls nicely in the national public holiday deficit between July and November.

And being in September and it does not clash with any State or Territory wide celebrations. Apart from the timing being good, however, the really poignant aspect of wattle day is its underlying ethos and rich history'.

The movement for the celebration of a national Wattle Day began in 1889 in Adelaide and was revived in 1909 in Sydney.

'With a view to stimulating Australian national sentiment, and connecting it with love of our beautiful flora, we suggest the desirableness of setting apart throughout the Commonwealth a day on which the Australian national flower – the Wattle Blossom – might be worn and its display encouraged.

Wattles might also be sown and planted on this day. It is suggested that a date in September would be universally suitable' (Will J. Sowden 1913).

The first wattle day was held on 1 September 1910 and took place in NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

A celebration of Australia Day on 1 September would recognise our connection to the beautiful and bountiful land that sustains us.

As long-time wattle day campaigner, Dawn Waterhouse says, 'Together, we could share the love we have for this magnificent country and the joy and privilege of being part of it'.

Suzette Searle, President Wattle Day Association Inc.

M:  0451680554    E: suzettesearle24 @ gmail.com

web: www . wattleday . asn . au

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