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Top business award for Farmers' Market

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 - 10:00am
Golden Plains Farmers Market

Golden Plains Farmers' Market has been recognised for its contribution to regional tourism, with a category award at the 2017 Geelong Business Excellence Awards.

CEO Rod Nicholls thanked Market stall holders and staff as he accepted the award.

"The Farmers’ Market is one of Council’s signature events. It attracts significant numbers of visitors and connects them to our vibrant local agricultural producers and growers.

"We had our first market in 2009 with just 14 stallholders but the numbers quickly grew and currently the market peaks at over 50 stallholders during the summer months – attracting more than 1,000 visitors per month.

"The market was - for its first six years - the only farmers’ market in South West Victoria accredited with the Victorian Farmers’ Market Association.

"We take great pride in continuing to ensure that the product at our market is genuine, local and of a high quality.

"Thanks to Council’s committed staff, especially Lisa Shaw our Market Manager, who have shown ongoing and passionate dedication to making the market the best it can be.

"Our loyal stallholders also deserve our thanks as they are the backbone of our market and what keeps visitors coming back again and again.

This is the third time the Farmers' Market has been recognised at the Awards, with the event now being eligible to be inducted into the Geelong Business Excellence Awards Hall of Fame.

Pictured here is Lisa Shaw with Roger Grant from Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine, sponsors of the award.

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Golden Plains Shire spans the Traditional lands of the Wadawurrung and Eastern Maar people. Council acknowledges them as the traditional Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land and pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders and Eastern Maar Elders past, present and emerging. Council extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ppeople who are part of Golden Plains Shire.