Notching up top awards

November 26, 2016

Staff from the Shepparton Motor Museum, Shepparton Council and The Churches have been recognised for their contribution to tourism.

There are a lot of reasons for tourists to come to Shepparton and on Thursday night, two local businesses were recognised for all the work they do to bring people to our city.

Self-contained accommodation property The Churches and the Shepparton Motor Museum won awards at the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards on Thursday night.

Cheryl Hammer, who operations The Churches with her husband Rhys Sutherland said she was overjoyed when they won bronze in the category of best Self-Contained Accommodation.

‘‘It was the first time we entered into the Victorian Tourism Awards, so we were pretty happy,’’ Ms Hammer said.

The Churches, which is located at to the south-east of Shepparton, and offers a cosy and unique getaway in an old Presbyterian church.

‘‘When (the church) went on to the market, we had a look at it and saw it as an opportunity to turn it into a business venture,’’ she said.

The property is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom holiday house built inside the 100 year old rural church, and Ms Hammer said it was for people looking for something different when on holiday.

‘‘It’s really more of a getaway than just somewhere to stay,’’ she said.

The Shepparton Motor Museum was one of six finalists in the Best Tourist Attraction category.

The Greater Shepparton City Council was also one of the four finalists in the Best Local Government Award for Tourism.

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