Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Development Damian Drum joined the best and brightest representatives from communities and businesses from across regional and rural Victoria in Bendigo for the 2013 Regional Achievement and Community Awards.
Mr Drum, who represented Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan at the award ceremony, presented two awards sponsored by the Victorian Coalition Government
“It was with great pleasure I presented the Regional Victoria Living Expo Business Achievement Award to Beechworth Honey Experience and the Regional Victoria Living Expo Leadership and Innovation Award to Rebekah Vass of Mount Pleasant,” Mr Drum said.
“Beechworth Honey Experience is a wonderful business which tells a story about nature’s perfect food in an interactive and fun way, leaving a lasting connection with visitors.
“The award is well deserved and is testament to Beechworth Honey Experience’s innovative way of doing business.
“The Leadership and Innovation Award is a new category this year that acknowledges role models paving the way for others to follow in successful careers or community ventures.
“Rebekah Vass is a worthy winner of this award and has been recognised for volunteering her time to conduct workshops that encourage students to finish their Year 12 studies and undertake further studies.”
Mr Drum congratulated the night’s other award winners, including: Dr Christine Lee – GippsTAFE and University of Ballarat Regional Achiever Award; Cassandra Anderson – Fantastic Furniture Indigenous Award; Delacombe Primary School – Medibank Healthy Participation Award; Kaniva College – Ricoh Australia Environment and Sustainability Award; and Firefoxes Australia – Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award.
Mr Ryan also congratulated the award winners and said a key objective of the 2013 Regional Achievement and Community Awards was to promote regional Victoria as a great place to establish a home, and take up employment, business and education opportunities.
“When regional Victoria is growing, the whole state prospers,” Mr Ryan said.
“The Coalition Government is committed to showcasing the benefits of regional and rural living through such initiatives as the Good Move campaign and the Regional Victoria Living Expo.
“With this year’s expo attracting 9,500 people looking to make their dream of country living a reality, the Regional Achievement and Community Awards provide another opportunity to promote the benefits of regional and rural Victoria.”
Mr Ryan said the 2014 Regional Victoria Living Expo would be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 11-13 April.
“Up to 130 exhibitors will be on hand to assist the anticipated 10,000 visitors on their relocation journey with information on regional jobs, housing, education, health and lifestyle opportunities,” Mr Ryan said.
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