Nominations are now open for the 2019 Gwydir Community Business Awards!

Now in its 22nd year, the awards aim to celebrate the achievements of local vocational education students and businesses throughout the shire.

The awards are broken up into the following categories:
Senior Employee/Proprietor 30yrs and over
Junior Employee under 30yrs
Small Business (5 employees or less)
Large Business (5 or more)
Enterprise with Energy – For further details on this category please see below.

Download a copy of the nomination form here 2019 Voc Ed Nomination Form

Nomination forms can be placed in the nomination boxes at the Warialda and Bingara Newsagents and Council Offices. Nominations close Friday 25th October.

The Awards night will be held on Thursday 22nd November at the Warialda Town Hall and will be on sale from the 1st November.

For more information contact Georgia Standerwick on 0409 901 540 or email


‘The Idea Factory – Enterprise with Energy’ is a join initiative between Warialda High School and Gwydir Shire Council that aims to encourage Warialda High school students, as well as others with great business ideas, to jump in and start their own small business.

The initiative encourages budding entrepreneurs to submit their business idea to a panel of judges. Along the way, applicants will be provided with advice and support to fully develop their concept, to ensure their ideas become a viable and sustainable business. Information such as budgeting, business planning, marketing and tips to navigating red tape will be provided through access to expert business advisers.

To further assist, each applicant will be assigned with a business mentor. These mentors are local business men and women with extensive experience in their chosen field, who will advise and guide the start-up on a range of business matters.

An added incentive of $500 for the best high school business ideas, and $1,000 for the best community business idea is up for grabs to help get the winning ideas off the ground.

If you are interested in submitting an idea please download a copy of the Expression of Interest and return to:

Georgia Standrewick
0409 901 540

Rod Smith
0437 446 309

Expression of interest – Community

Expression of interest – Student

Expressions of Interest close Friday 11th October