COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Hunter Local business Awards - Maitland

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—I congratulate those businesses in my electorate that have been named as finalists in the 2020 Local Business Awards. These annual awards recognise businesses that provide outstanding goods and services to customers and clients in our community.

There are dozens of businesses nominated from the Maitland electorate in categories ranging from butcheries and bakeries to cafes and pet care. Similarly, the field of finalists encompasses a spectrum of enterprises, from long-established businesses to new, home-based micro services. In a year that has been like no other, the Local Business Awards seek to acknowledge those who represent the best in the areas of Presentation, Products, Value for Money and Customer Service.

Congratulations to all those nominees and best of luck to you on the Gala Awards nights, which will be held on the 8th and 9th of December. The constraints of COVID, coupled with the volume of nominees, has dictated that the event be held across two nights. This in itself is a credit to those who have reached the shortlist.

To all our Maitland finalists - We're so very proud of the work you are doing. You are a credit to our community.