Tough business decisions

By Abbey Flanagan

The Deniliquin Business Excellence Awards judging panel was in town on Tuesday, tasked with the tough decision of determining the annual event’s winners.

This year’s panel included Murray River Council economic development officer Beck Hayward for her second year of judging and Campaspe Shire community places project officer Shane Stacey. A third independent judge was a last-minute withdrawal.

Deniliquin Business Chamber executive officer Janet Renehan said she was glad to have such experienced judges.

‘‘We always welcome the input and knowledge that our judges bring from their own awards program, on top of knowing country people and businesses. We highly regard their feedback to come up with our winners.

‘‘There was an outstanding number of quality nominations, which is a credit to the local business community.

‘‘There are so many businesses doing an excellent job and the Business Awards is all about celebrating these people.’’

The two judges agreed that with so many excellent nominations it posed a great challenge to decide clear winners.

‘‘We have pre-read all the nominations entered in the awards for a first impression and today we’ll read over them again,’’ Mr Stacey said on Tuesday.

‘‘Deniliquin has shown a very optimistic and positive attitude from businesses overall in the applications.

‘‘There are some really good entries across the board, so it’s not going to be an easy job to narrow it down to one winner among a variety of deserving nominees,’’ he said.

Award winners for the 12 categories will be announced at the Deniliquin Business Excellence Awards gala dinner on Friday, June 22 at the Deniliquin RSL Club.

For more information contact Janet Renehan on 58812621 from Monday to Wednesday during business hours. Tickets for the awards can only be purchased online at