20 October 2016

Ms TRISH DOYLE (Blue Mountains) (17:16): The Blue Mountains Business Awards were held at the Fairmont Resort on 14 October and showcased the breadth of talent and excellence in the Blue Mountains business community across a wide range of industries. The outright winner of the Harry Hammon Blue Mountains Business of the Year Award was Mountain Heritage Hotel and Spa Retreat and its Chief Executive Officer, Eric Sward. Mountain Heritage also took out the Blue Mountains Accommodation Award. Many of the local winners on the night will go on to the State business awards and compete against businesses across New South Wales. They include Lyn and Allen Smith of Woodford Homes, Andrea Turner-Boys from Women with Altitude and Kylie McInerney from Blue Mountains Youth Hostel Association, along with the Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber. I thank all the sponsors and congratulate all of the winners and nominees in this year's awards. I thank president of the Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber Peita Davies, executive officer Julie Bargenquast, and Heather Shepherd for her events management, for all their efforts in putting on yet another great night.