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Award winners raise the bar on achievement in the regions


The winners of the 2017 Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards were announced on Friday 13 October at a gala event designed to celebrate the passion of people committed to making regional Victoria a better place to live and work.

The award’s focus on regional excellence makes it an outstanding fit for RDV support. This is why we sponsor two major categories – the Regional Development Victoria Business Achievement Award and the Regional Development Victoria Leadership and Innovation Award.

The Regional Development Victoria Leadership and Innovation Award recognises role models who pave the way for others through their leadership, innovation and drive.

The winner of the Leadership and Innovation Award was Paul Chapman of Kangaroo Flat who demonstrates outstanding leadership in his community, and contributes to the Bendigo’s reputation as an innovative regional city. Paul owns the Australian Turntable Company, which makes turntables to move buildings, vehicles and works of art. He is chair of the volunteer committee for the Bendigo Inventor Awards that helps deliver commercial solutions related to emergency and disaster management. Paul also developed the first Festival of Failure to showcase the importance of embracing failure as part of the innovation process.

Creative business and commercial ventures provide opportunities for regional growth, productivity, leadership, training and employment. For this reason, the Regional Development Victoria Business Achievement Award rewards the ongoing success and local contributions of businesses and business leaders.

Winner in this category was Bakery on Broadway in Wycheproof – the first bakery in town for more than 20 years.  Established by two couples, the thriving retail business now employs 13 locals full time and sourced its pastry chef through the Immigration Employment Service. It is a popular social spot in the community and makes a strong contribution to the area’s tourism economy.

The annual Regional Achievement and Community Awards began in 2002 and have gone from strength to strength ever since. It comprises 10 categories, encouraging Regional Victorians to nominate people, groups and organisations they think demonstrate qualities that make an enduring difference to their regional community.

RDV is proud to support such a long standing event that encourages and exemplary achievements aimed at making regional and rural Victoria an even better place to work, invest and raise a family.

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