Past Winners 2007


Northern Inland Innovation Awards 2007

NIIA 2007 Logo
NIIA 2007 Logo
The Awards Night was coordinated by the event organisers with 112 people attending the function from all areas of the vast region. The night commenced with networking and was followed by the presentation of Awards.

The presenter/compere for the night was Richard Neville, the nationally acclaimed futurist. To assist with the general theme of the night, local school children provided musical performances which were appreciated by the regional audience. A further networking period occurred after the Presentations to ensure all businesses were aware of each other and what innovations were on offer.

The awards were:

Innovation Award for Commercialization – Pryde’s Pty Ltd. – Gunnedah

Pryde’s Pty Ltd. – Gunnedah
Pryde’s Pty Ltd. – Gunnedah
First company in the southern hemisphere to manufacture a range of extruded (cooked) animal feeds

Innovation Award for Agriculture – Top of the Range Tomatoes – Guyra

Top of the Range Tomatoes – Guyra
Top of the Range Tomatoes – Guyra
Bringing together innovation in the areas of production, marketing environment and community.

Innovation Award for Engineering Transport and Aviation – Stuart Cole's DDuster Air Filter Cleaner – Inverell

Stuart Cole's DDuster Air Filter Cleaner – Inverell
Stuart Cole's DDuster Air Filter Cleaner – Inverell
Innovation in the development of cleaning methods for cleaning engine dust filters

Innovation Award for Education, Services & Professions – Mark Daly Tr@cer – Liverpool Plains Shire Council – Quirindi

Mark Daly Tr@cer – Liverpool Plains Shire Council – Quirindi
Mark Daly Tr@cer – Liverpool Plains Shire Council – Quirindi
Development of records management system for local government to increase accuracy and assist time management in responses to clients.

Innovation Award for Tourism – Kamilaroi Highway Group – Quirindi

Kamilaroi Highway Group – Quirindi
Kamilaroi Highway Group – Quirindi
Development of an extensive and imaginative marketing plan for a highway running through five local government areas increasing visitations by 22%.

Innovation Award for Indigenous Business – The Armidale Culture Centre and Keeping Place – Armidale

The Armidale Culture Centre and Keeping Place – Armidale
The Armidale Culture Centre and Keeping Place – Armidale
Innovation in increasing visitor numbers to an indigenous centre which previously had very limited exposure in the market place.

Innovator of the Year Award 2007 – Top of the Range Tomatoes – Costa Brothers – Guyra

Ultimate winner based on company’s operations in a hydroponic industry selling premium tomatoes at a price in excess of traditional field grown equivalent.

All the winning entries showed companies which were meeting the challenges to producing a product from a regional location and succeeding in the market place.