The biennial Powercor Campaspe Murray Business Awards celebrated the achievements of local businesses on Wednesday night.By Jess Craig
The best of the best in business came together at the 2013 Powercor Australia Campaspe Murray Business Awards on Wednesday night.
The biennial awards night aims to recognise local businesses and individuals who strive for business excellence.
The gala event, held at the Rich River Golf Club, was hosted by Academy Award winner Adam Elliot, who had the crowd in stitches with his colourful hosting style and stories.
Mr Elliot was a last minute addition to the night’s line up, after journalist Beverley O’Connor was forced to cancel her appearance.
‘‘I’m here filling in Beverley’s high heels,’’ Mr Elliot quipped.
‘‘I’m a bald animator from Melbourne
‘‘When I was nominated, we were up against Disney and Pixar, so I was certain we weren’t going to win.
‘‘I was on the dole at the time, I had $88 in the bank and I remember looking at the Academy Awards program, which was covered in velvet and wondering how much I could get for it if I sold it.’’
Mr Elliot said when he was making the film he was working in a storage shed and ‘‘getting catering from the service station next door’’.
In contrast, guests enjoyed a delicious two course meal at the awards night, including spatchcock or angus beef and a trio of dessert, including pannacotta, macarons and mini lemon meringue pies.
Campaspe Shire mayor Ian Maddison and Murray Shire mayor Tom Weyrich also addressed the crowd.
‘‘I believe you need to have a great amount of intestinal fortitude to own a business, and it’s a privilege to be here,’’ Cr Maddison said.
‘‘It’s great to be able to come together and recognise businesses, large and small, in our region.’’
Powercor regional asset manager Ian Gillingham said the awards process was one of the most effective ways to recognise business achievements.
‘‘Business is the engine room of an economy, they create employment and provide a service to a community,’’ Mr Gillingham said.
Campaspe spokesperson for economic development and tourism, Cr Paul Jarman, congratulated all the award winners for their excellence among a competitive field of high standard businesses.
‘‘The winners represent the highest calibre of businesses in the Campaspe and Murray shires, and are all committed to providing the best services, products and customer experiences for our community,’’ Cr Jarman said.
‘‘The Powercor Australia Campaspe Murray Business Awards are a great way to celebrate our local business success stories and put a spotlight on the diverse array of businesses that contribute to our vibrant regional economy.’’
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