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Wauchope & Hinterland Businesses Shine

Saturday the 27th August 2022 marked the return of the Wauchope and Hinterland Business Awards with a Gala Dinner held at the Wauchope RSL Club.

“The Awards celebrate local business, and the night is a tribute to every local business owner and workers who strive to build a better lifestyle for us all.” said Lisa McPherson, Wauchope Chamber Executive Officer.

“The Awards acknowledge the determination and commitment of local business. The night proved a wonderful opportunity to reconnect and thank our business community.” Lisa said.

Thirty-seven announcements were made on the night acknowledging 17 Highly Commended and 20 Winners. The Awards included both local Awards and categories that aligned with Business NSW.
All the Awards were judged by an independent panel from outside the region. Local categories also include a voting element in the scoring process. Over 1,000 people voted for local businesses casting over 1,750 votes.

The BUSINESS NSW aligned applications were streamlined to the regional judging process with a number of local businesses chosen as Finalists for the Regional Awards coming up on the 9th of September 2022.

The night showcased 55 local businesses that had entered the Awards. “There are so many amazing businesses in the region,” said Lisa McPherson.

“There were many comments that people learnt of businesses they were not aware of. We thank every entrant for participating and look forward to more businesses getting involved next year.”

“Judges mentioned they were delighted to see so many new businesses that had started during covid and how many young people were represented through the Awards this year” Lisa McPherson said.

Our Awards Sponsors are to be thanked for stepping up and showing their support – our Business Sponsors; State and Commonwealth Governments through Bushfire recovery funding, Heart of the Hastings, Hastings Co-op, Port Macquarie Hastings Council. Supporting Sponsors are TAFE NSW – Wauchope , Wauchope Real Estate, and Dinner Sponsors are Wauchope Travel , Bennetts Steel , Brilliant-Online, Doherty’s Auto and Mechanical and Bago Maze & Winery.

We thank all the entrants for participating this first year back, our judges and Sponsors, the helpers and personnel working behind the scenes and thanks to our event suppliers who made the night such a magical experience.

➡️Note: If you want to use the images please give credit to our fabulous photographer: Images courtesy of Chris Rockstroh, Meraki Photography,

Special thanks goes to our amazing MC for the night Alex Glen-Holmes Real Estate Trainer, Agent & Advisor! 👏

💓Thanks to our Business Sponsors:

State and Commonwealth Governments through Bushfire recovery funding, Hastings Co-opPort Macquarie Hastings CouncilHeart of the Hastings

Supporting Sponsors:

TAFE NSW – WauchopeWauchope Real Estate

Dinner Sponsors:

Wauchope Travel, Bennetts Steel, Brilliant-Online Doherty’s Auto and Mechanical, Bago Maze & Winery

💓Thanks to our Dinner Suppliers:

AV – Inphase Productions

Photography – Chris Rockstroh, Meraki Photography

Band – Autumn Blue

Venue – Wauchope RSL Club