Eddys Of Canowindra
Eddys Of Canowindra has been nominated for Excellence in accommodation in this year’s Daroo Awards. It’s a historically restored convent, full of unique character and country charm. Once a religious place, it is now a group accommodation that can house 32 people. There are 10 rooms in total, all with air conditioning, including 3 en suites and 1 en suite with disabled facilities. All rooms lead to attached verandas to be able to look at the beautiful views the Central West has to offer. Six of the rooms are dorm style, there’s a large car park and it’s an easy walk to the shopping centre of Gaskill Street and surrounds. The staff are also hoping to have a cover installed over Christmas time. Catherine, speaking on behalf of Eddys, says that they “hope for some good advertising opportunities” for the business if they win the category. “I’d like to thank the locals for supporting us, we’re a great spot, quiet, large and intimate” says Catherine. We wish Eddys of Canowindra the best of luck.
In 2013 Cargo Store won Excellence in Hospitality and also took home the Contribution to Cabonne Business prize in 2012. This year they’re up for Excellence in Marketing & Advertising Communications and winning this year will make it a hat trick of awards for the small business. Cath, the owner, took over the store in April 2012 and since then has made fresh flowers available on commission plus stocked products from local producers such as Melindys Cooking and Jo Robson’s sauces. They’re also installing a slushy machine this week, just in time for summer. “It’s all about being friendly and flexible” says Cath, “I don’t mind people knocking on my door late at night if they need anything. We’re here for the people.” When asked what it would mean if they won this year Cath takes a humble approach, “I’d like to see some other Cargo businesses nominated win, share the feeling that I felt last year around the community. It makes me feel like I must be doing something right.” We wish Cargo Store the best of luck.
Tommy Jeffs and the team at the Deli Lama are up for Excellence in Hospitality this year. Tommy believes that they have been nominated for the category due to the high level of service offered with quality and consistently good food available. Also, they are open 7 days. Tommy would like to thank his clientele for their support – “people tend to come from wide and far to visit us, look at the interesting windows we have designed opposite the café, and have a coffee with us which has a great flow-on affect for the town” he says. The windows change with the seasons and they have gained great television coverage which also adds to the recognition of the town.
“We have regulars here every morning either for breakfast or just a coffee. With our new range of summer fittings, ‘there is a great feel to the café when you walk in each morning’, says one of our regulars.” Tommy would be thrilled to win his category and would view this as ongoing recognition for our little town of Canowindra. Their future plans include keeping up the high standard and making everybody feel welcome. “We are the quintessential country coffee shop!” says Tommy. We wish Deli Lama the best of luck.
Age Of Fishes Museum
Canowindra’s world famous museum, once visited by the legendary David Attenborough, is up for an “Excellence in Tourism” award at the ceremony tomorrow. Manager Warren Keedle says, “the most important thing about winning is that it helps promote Canowindra.” Warren took over the role 8 months ago and since then has tried to “raise more vocal awareness to locals of what is in their back yard.” Warren wasn’t even aware the museum was nominated for the award when he arrived, but is happy that the Age Of Fishes was nominated. ‘The local connection to the museum isn’t hugely strong but we want to build on that. Over Christmas we’re hoping for lots of art exhibitions which will hopefully interest the people of Canowindra. With an award like this it’s hard to take credit; it’s the other people in the past that did the groundwork that leads up to a nomination.” The Museum has recently been involved in showcasing “Pattie” the Archibull cow which was created by students at Canowindra High School and has been running lots of events for kids over the school holidays. We wish the Age Of Fishes Museum the best of luck.
Heidi, Dave and the Rustic Notions team are up for “Best New Business’ this year and it’s easy to see why they were nominated. Rustic Notions is a quirky little café based in Cargo. The 1800’s general store was beautifully restored and now serves as a great place to stop for coffee and soak up the vintage décor. Their Open mic event on a Sunday has attracted talented and diverse crowds to the Rustic Notions which is impressive considering the small size of Cargo. Heidi says she is, “pleased, excited and happy to be nominated in our first year of business. Glad everybody enjoys spending time at our café.” When asked what it would mean to win Heidi says, “it would be great recognition for all the hard work and long hours… it would show that people were happy with the concept we have taken on.” Summer plans for the café include special artists performing on a Sunday afternoon and an open side garden. We wish Rustic Notions the best of luck.
Crowe Horwath & Canowindra Players.
Ivan Cunial and the team at Crowe Horwath assist a wide variety of small businesses everyday by providing accounting, tax, audit and financial advisory services. They also provide practical advice in the areas of Business Support, Estate Planning, Superannuation and Self-Managed Super Funds. With a strong understanding of the challenges faced by small businesses today, the team focuses on supporting local initiatives that recognise and reward small business owners for their great achievements. Congratulations to all nominees and good luck to all finalists for the Cabonne Daroo Business Awards.
Canowindra Players are nominated for the Contribution To Cabonne award. The Players put on a fantastic rock n roll themed play at the Services Club a few months ago and are hoping for another play next year. We wish them the best of luck! Eddy Wilkinson, President of the Chamber, says “the primary objective of the Cabonne Daroo Business Awards is to raise the profile of the companies and organisations of the Cabonne Shire that demonstrate a commitment to excellence in their area of local service and business management. Good luck to all involved.” The Daroo Winners will be announced tomorrow at an award ceremony in Molong.