Bendigo Bank Macedon Ranges Business Excellence Awards

Bendigo Bank Macedon Ranges Business Excellence Awards

Kyneton District Health – Acute Ward has been named Business of the Year at the 2016 Bendigo Bank Macedon Ranges Business Excellence Awards. They also took out the Excellence in Professional Services category.

Due to the high calibre of finalists, judges recommended a runner-up be named for the 2016 awards. The runner-up was Woodend eatery Colenso, which also won the Excellence in Food and Beverage category.

The awards recognise businesses which provide an outstanding service to the shire and beyond, who are of great value to the community as they provide local jobs, services and supplies.

Finalists were identified by a judging panel comprised of 10 independent business professionals who do not work or live in the Macedon Ranges. The judges reviewed each submission and compiled a shortlist for site visits before deciding on the category finalists and winners.  The winners were announced at the Awards Gala Dinner at the Kyneton Town Hall on 14 September 2016.

Congratulations to the 2016 winners and finalists.

Winner 2016 Business of the Year

Kyneton District Health – Acute Ward

Runner up 2016 Business of the Year


Excellence in Customer Service

Winner – Bluegum Electrical Services


  • Cobaw Community Health
  • Primacare

Excellence in Food and Beverage

 Winner - Colenso


  • Harper Lee Café and Foodstore
  • The Brahms & Liszt Coffee Lounge

Excellence in New and Emerging Business

 Winner – Works of Art


  • Done. Total Business Solutions
  • PGL Campaspe Downs
  • Ranges Medical

Excellence in Professional Services

Winner – Kyneton District Health – Acute Ward


  • Primacare
  • The Garage Woodend
  • Woodend Paediatric Speech Pathology Service

Excellence in Wellbeing Services

Winner - Primacare


  • Cobaw Community Health
  • Ellenis Day Spas

Excellence in Retail

Winner – Alter Your Health


  • Macedon Nursey & Garden Supplies
  • Mort & Pestle

Excellence in Local Produce

Winner – Mount Towrong Vineyard


  • Cloud 9 Farm
  • Future Farms
  • Jack’s Springs Farm

Excellence in Events and Attractions

Winner – Love Your Local


  • Gisborne Oaks Market
  • Gisborne Olde Time Market
  • Kyneton and Districts Poultry Club

Excellence in Accommodation

Winner – Braeside Mt Macedon Country Retreat


  • The Flop House

Trainee/Apprentice of the Year

Winner – Kate Bonanno – Simplex Insurance Solutions


  • Christine Arlow – Primacare

Young Business Person of the Year

Winner – Chantel Gilbert – Bluegum Electrical Solutions


  • Courtney Vogt – Energise Fitness & Muscular Therapies
  • Samantha Moore – Ramai Skin & Body Care

700 nominations were received from the general public which is a record.  As many of these were in multiple categories, and some nominated several times, the end result was around 400 individual businesses nominated.

All nominees were then invited to participate in the mentor program which gives guidance and tips to complete a submission.  As a result, 90 nominees attended information sessions, followed by 112 final submissions being received which is an increase of 40 from 2015. 

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