Gold for Far North Coast


A local school, road project and primary producer have all won state or national recognition for their achievements this week.

A north coast macadamia business is celebrating today after taking out a major national agribusiness award.

The Bangalow-based Brookfarm took out the Rural Enterprise Award.

The judges were impressed by the company’s sales growth, environmental design and transition to organic certification.

Owner Martin Brook says the win came as a shock.

“We did not in our wildest dreams think that we would win this award.” Mr Brook said.

“The room was really full of people from really large national and multi-national, international companies so we didn’t see this one coming at all,” he said.

The Ballina Bypass has taken top honours at the Workcover NSW Safework Awards.

The project won best workplace health and safety management system, and was also highly commended in the safety leadership category.

The judges said that a comprehensive workplace health and safety management system addressed specific challenges along the 12 kilometre route including high rainfall and heavy traffic.

And the Ballina High School is 100 thousand dollars richer today after winning a statewide award for its Marine Discovery and Resource Centre.

The school had previously won 50 thousand dollars when it was among 21 in New South Wales recognised in the Schools First Awards.

Teacher Linda Hourigan says students work in conjunction with the local council to learn about and restore marine environments.

She says the result is a healthier marine eco-system and students with more career options.

“So they can get things like their snorkelling certificates, that then lead on to dive certificates and on to their dive master’s certificates,” Ms Hourigan said.

“They can get boat licences and then they can go on to do their coxon’s tickets and aquaculture certificates through TAFE,” she said.

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