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QASP takes out top honour at Lockyer Valley business awards

WINNERS: QASP won the Professional Services Award at the 2014 Lockyer Valley BusinessAwards. Pictured are Andrew Daddo with Manager of QASP Keith Officer, Assistant Manager Research Milou Dekkers and Scotbar CEO Allan Payne.
WINNERS: QASP won the Professional Services Award at the 2014 Lockyer Valley BusinessAwards. Pictured are Andrew Daddo with Manager of QASP Keith Officer, Assistant Manager Research Milou Dekkers and Scotbar CEO Allan Payne. Tom Threadingham

THE Queensland Animal Science Precinct from UQ Gatton has been named the 2014 Business of the Year at the Lockyer Valley Business, Training and Apprenticeship Awards.

Held on Saturday in front of a packed-out Gatton Shire Hall, the QASP also took out the Professional Service Award.

Presenting the awards to the winning business, Mayor Steve Jones congratulated QASP as a world-class facility.

"The way UQ Gatton has transformed itself over the past decade has been quite remarkable," Cr Jones said.

"Queensland's Animal Science Precinct brings a lot of attention to our region and was a worthy winner.

"The precinct is not only a world-renown research facility, which boasts outstanding teachers and training opportunities, but is a commercial organisation which is held in the utmost regard both within Australia and internationally.

"The facility offers a diverse range of research options, which has seen it grow in stature in the animal industry sector that contributes more than $4 billion in annual gross production value."

Kicking off the night of entertainment was well-known TV personality Andrew Daddo, who was the genial host of this year's event.

Eagle Rock Cafe has had back-to-back victories in the People's Choice section of the awards.   Liam Hanlon and Teagan Cappetta collected the award on the night, with host Daddo querying where owners Gary and Denise Morris were.   "I thought they might have gone on holiday, but no - they were hard at work serving customers in the restaurant," Mr Daddo said. "That's why they won."

Local agricultural business Qualipac took out the Mayor's Award.

Winners

Business of the Year - Queensland Animal Science Precinct, UQ Gatton

Mayor's Award - Qualipac

Transport, Logistics Manufacturing Production and

Processing - Scotbar Pty Ltd - Scotbar Civil

Tourism - Stockton Rise Accommodation

Food and Dining - Withcott Hotel

Professional Service - Queensland Animal Science Precinct, UQ Gatton

Retail - Kissed Hair and Beauty

Trade Services - Master Hire Pty Ltd

Agriculture and Horticulture and Agricultural Services - University of Queensland, Gatton Vocational Education Centre

Evironmental and Sustainability - Tamor Roses

People's Choice - Eagle Rock Cafe

Trainee of the Year - Matthew Hulett (Serco Australia Pty Ltd - Southern Queensland Correctional Centre)

Apprentice of the Year - Claire Schimke (Café 4342)

Young Supervisor/Manager of the Year - Jared Wisner (Stanbroke Beef Pty Ltd)

Employee of the Year - Greg Lennox (Scotbar P/L - Scotbar Civil)

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