Mrs PHILLIPS (Gilmore) (13:33): On 3 August I had the pleasure of attending the Eurobodalla Business Awards at the Tomakin Sports & Social Club. The event recognised the great success of the amazing local businesses across the Eurobodalla region. Local businesses were celebrated for their entrepreneurship as well as their contribution to the local community, and I had the pleasure of presenting the Excellence in Sustainability award to Southlands Fruit & Vegetables in Moruya. The team won for their many strategies to improve sustainability in their work. Southlands Fruit & Vegetables stock local, farm-direct and organic fruit and vegetables, and they have worked hard to reduce their packaging, introduce solar power and minimise food waste.
I would like to make a special mention of Yumaro, a local NDIS and disability employment provider in Moruya that's doing great work and making a real difference in people's lives. Yumaro took out the 'business of the year' award. I congratulate them and all of the businesses who were nominated and won awards on the night.
Eurobodalla businesses provide a vital contribution to the local community, and I was proud to show my appreciation for their work. Thank you to Eurobodalla Shire Council for inviting me to enjoy the evening, and thank you to all the local business chambers for your continued support of our local businesses.