Staff and owners of the Mudgee Brewing Company celebrate their win in in the NSW Tourism Awards. Pictured (from left) are Courtney Szloch, Ashley Delph, Kate Husband, Debbie and Gary Leonard, (Stephen Price and Jodi Fekkes not pictured) Trelawney Farm Guesthouse owners John Collins and Kathy Hawkins were “emotional and exciting” about winning the Deluxe Accommodation category.290712/SSTourismAwards/6255
Two Mudgee region businesses are contenders for the NSW Tourism Awards after winning their categories in the CountryLink Inland Tourism Awards on Saturday night.
Mudgee Brewing Company won the award for Tourism, Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries and Trelawney Farm Guesthouse took out the award for Deluxe Accommodation at tourism’s “night of nights” at Parklands Resort.
Trelawney Farm Guesthouse owners John Collins and Kathy Hawkins were delighted with the recognition only one year after opening the guesthouse.
“I’m so emotional and so excited,” said Ms Hawkins, who with her partner has spent two years doing up the 1880s era house on spare weekends.
“We put so much into it and we’re so passionate about Mudgee.
“We wanted to bring Sydney dollars to Mudgee and give the Mudgee experience to Sydneysiders,” she said.
Trelawney Farm Guesthouse has achieved an 80 per cent weekend occupancy rate in the first year of operation.
Mudgee Brewing Company owner Gary Leonard said in the five years since the business was established in the former wool store, it had grown beyond its original aim of making locally brewed beer.
“It’s certainly taken on a life of its own,” he said. “It’s gone from brewing to a restaurant and bar to a live music centre, thanks to Stephen Price,” he said.
“We up at Mudgee Brewery are passionate about beer, passionate about music, passionate about beer, but most of all we are passionate about Mudgee as a region.”
Mudgee Brewing Company won its award against three other Mudgee finalists in the same category: Burnbrae Wines, Gooree Park Wines and Lowe Wines.
We think we are the best inland town or district in NSW, if not in Australia.
The all-Mudgee category put paid to Mayor Des Kennedy’s prediction of five Mid-Western Region winners from seven finalists.
Host Mike Munro joked that he had absolutely refused to swap places with Nine Network colleague Ken Sutcliffe, currently at the London Olympics.
But Cr Kennedy said Mr Munro had “lucked out” in landing the Mudgee role.
“We are very proud of our region in Mudgee, Rylstone, Kandos and Gulgong,” he told the 250 guests at the Parklands dinner,” Cr Kennedy said.
“We think we are the best inland town or district in NSW, if not in Australia.”
Cr Kennedy said as a member of the hospitality industry, he was fully aware of the importance of award nominations in boosting the moral of staff and rewarding excellence in the field.
Other local finalists in the awards, chosen from more than 52 nominations were Fairview ArtSpace and Mudgee Homestead Guesthouse
Broken Hill dominated the awards, with Tri-State Safaris/Mutawingji Eco Tours winning the categories for Indigenous Tourism and Tour/Transport Operators and awards also going to The Lodge Outback Motel (Standard Accommodation) and Eldee Station (Hosted Accommodation).
Moree, which will host the 2013 awards, won the Visitor Information and Services category for its Visitor Information Centre.
Other winners included the Deni Ute Muster (Festival and Events) and the Taronga Western Plains Zoo (Tourist Attractions).
Awards chairwoman Tracey Valenzisi said the awards contributed around $55,000 to the host region, in addition to the value of promotion.
“All entrants were of a high calibre,” she said. “In some categories, the marks between finalists were so close that a silver award was given,” she said.
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