Tumut Regional Chamber of Commerce is celebrating receiving the Outstanding Local Chamber award at the Murray Riverina Business Awards on Friday night.
The award ceremony was held online and Tumut Regional Chamber of Commerce members and Tumut Business Award winners gathered near the Coffee Pedaler in Wynyard Street to watch.
Chamber spokesperson Matthew Lucas expressed the chamber’s delight at the win.
“Obviously we are really happy to have won the award because it recognises the effort the committee has put in for the past 18 months since the bush fires,” he said.
The win came as a surprise to the Tumut Chamber, as it was a matter of David versus two Goliaths.
“We certainly didn’t expect to win, as the other two finalists were the Wagga Business Chamber and the Albury Business Chamber,” Mr Lucas said.
He believes a number of factors led to the win.
“It helped that the (chamber) committee focused on growing our membership base since October 2019, leading to it becoming a stronger voice for the business community,” he said.
“In addition to that there has been a high level of advocacy undertaken by the committee since the bushfires and Covid, and this has impacted the support for the region.”
Mr Lucas expressed thanks to all people involved with the committee and those that regularly attended the monthly Chamber meetings, along with the support of the member businesses.
“The Chamber is now through to the state finals that will be held in late November,” he said.
“The 2021 Murray Riverina Business Awards recognise growth, entrepreneurship, innovation and celebrate business success and resilience. This year’s winners should feel incredibly proud to be named as the region’s leading businesses and leaders for 2021.” Business NSW Regional Manager Anthony McFarlane said.
“The awards celebrated the success of hard-working Murray Riverina Businesses. A well-deserved spotlight was shone on 80 finalists who have shown how their resilience, creativity and sheer hard work have seen them through a challenging year,” Mr McFarlane said.
“The past 18 months have been incredibly challenging as businesses have been impacted not only by Covid restrictions and border closures but also supply chain constraints and strong competition for talented staff.
“These awards are a wonderful opportunity to showcase the ingenuity, dynamism and resilience of Murray Riverina businesses. The future is bright!” Mr McFarlane said.
– Josh Gidney