Awards for Local Businesses & Organisations

Gala Award Ceremony photos.

The region’s outstanding business operators and not-for-profit entities were recognised last night at the Tablelands Business Excellence Awards ceremony, attended by nominees, sponsors and guests.

‘The awards celebrate the vital contribution local organisations and businesses make to our region, both economically and as part of our community,’ said Mayor Rod Marti

‘It was fantastic to see 303 nominations come in, with 125 businesses, organisations and individuals nominated across the 10 categories.

‘Thanks to all our sponsors for their support of the event, and our community for recognising the efforts of local businesses and organisations.

‘The award finalists and winners of the 2024 Tablelands Business Excellence Awards were:

Champion Business (sponsored by The Express Newspaper)

  • Award winner — Mangoesmapping Pty Ltd.
  • Finalists — Carinya Home for the Aged, Ignite Financial NQ, Lake Tinaroo Holiday Park, Smart Bookkeeping FNQ and Smart Training Australia.

Community Contribution Excellence (sponsored by Tafe Queensland)

  • Awards winner – Fresh St Market IGA.
  • Finalists — ECHO Empowering Services, Healthwise Physio, i’ara Specialist Support Coordination, Tablelands Sexual Assault Services, and What’s On and Where to Go Magazine.

Customer Service Excellence — Professional Services (sponsored by Black Star Radio)

  • Award winner — Disability Matters Inc.
  • Finalists — Birdwing Therapies and Elders Insurance Tablelands.

Customer Service Excellence — Trade, Retail & Services (sponsored by Elders Insurance Tablelands)

  • Award winner — Malanda Seafood.
  • Finalists — Little Trix, Pinnarendi Station Stay and Café, The Millstream General Store and Ulysses Coffee.

Employer of Choice (sponsored by APM)

  • Award winner — Smart Elec.
  • Finalist — Explore Property.

New & Emerging Business (sponsored by WIN Television Channel 9 Cairns)

  • Award winner — FLICK Sports Academy.
  • Finalists — Barbagallo’s Delicatessen and JH Photography and Prints.

Sustainability Environmental Contribution Excellence (sponsored by Costa Group)

  • Award winner — Tinaroo Environmental Education Centre.
  • Finalists — FNQ Water and NQ Land Management Services.

Technology & Innovation Impact (sponsored by Kaban Green Power Hub)

  • Award winner — ARO Industries.
  • Finalists — HTM Complete and Telpara Hills Cattle Co.

People’s Choice — Business & Organisation (sponsored by ARO Industries)

  • Award winner — Healthwise Physio
  • Finalists — At the Art Garage, Cowgirl Country and Handmade by Bec, Pinnarendi Station Stay and Café, and Winter and Mann.

People’s Choice — Customer Service Excellence Individual (sponsored by Ari Bastian Hair)

  • Award winner— Anna Winter from Winter and Mann
  • Finalists — Ainslie Woodman from Seedlings Early Learning Family Daycare Centre, Katie Byrne from At the Art Garage, Keitha van der Westhuizen from Creative Caking and Sharon Matsen from Hello Gecko’s Café and Catering.

‘Local businesses play a crucial role in small communities by providing jobs, stimulating economic growth and fostering a sense of community pride.

‘They are an integral part of who we are as a community and we value their contribution to the region,’ Mayor Rod Marti said.

Pictured: Champion Business winners Mangoesmapping Pty Ltd with Mayor Rod Marti. © John de Rooy |Tablelands Photography.