Award proves boon for challenge

NOMINATE NOW: From left, member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson, Tamworth Regional mayor Col Murray and last year’s Event and Tourism winner, Bob Paton from the King of the Ranges Stockman’s Challenge and Bush Festival. Photo: Barry Smith 220514BSB06

NOMINATE NOW: From left, member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson, Tamworth Regional mayor Col Murray and last year’s Event and Tourism winner, Bob Paton from the King of the Ranges Stockman’s Challenge and Bush Festival. Photo: Barry Smith 220514BSB06

THE NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards have been launched in Tamworth.

The awards encourage, acknowledge and reward contributions and achievements of individuals, communities, networks and groups in regional and rural areas.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson launched the awards on behalf of NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment, and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Andrew Stoner at the Best Western Sanctuary Inn.

Bob Paton from the King of the Ranges Stockman’s Challenge and Bush Festival said their win last year of the Events and Tourism Award was worth about $10,000 to them in coverage and advertising.

“That gave us coverage in the last six weeks prior to the event to the Queensland border, nearly to Sydney, down south and right out west,” he said.

“The feedback we got was that a lot of people did see the ad and it attracted more caravanners.

“We had only entered twice previously, so we won it the third time around, and the ones we beat have been in it eight or nine years.”

Mr Paton said the prize was “brilliant” for the event.

Nominations are sought in seven categories, from Crown Reserve categories to the Community of the Year and Regional Service awards.

The Events and Tourism Award winner will receive a television advertising package from Prime7, and the Commonwealth Bank will be giving the other five winners $5000 each.

Winners will be announced in Wagga Wagga at the gala dinner presentation at the Wagga Wagga RSL on Saturday, November 1.

Nominations close on Thursday, July 31.

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