Alan Jones congratulates Graeme and Noelene Diamond of Laidley Foodworks for winning the retail award which was presented by Matt Prendergast.
Alan Jones congratulates Graeme and Noelene Diamond of Laidley Foodworks for winning the retail award which was presented by Matt Prendergast. Derek Barry

Serco Australia win big at Lockyer Valley business awards

THE Lockyer Valley Business Awards defied storms, rain and lightning to glam up for the annual business awards on Saturday.

Over 400 people crammed into the Gatton Shire Hall with the outdoor canapés just concluding before the heavens opened.

The choice of Sydney shock jock Alan Jones as MC made national news but the veteran entertainer steered clear of controversial statements.

Introducing Mr Jones, Lockyer Mayor Steve Jones described Alan Jones as the "Roger Federer of Radio"  and he didn't put a foot wrong as he skilfully guided proceedings all night.

Mr Jones said he was delighted to be back in Gatton, an area he knew well from growing up on the Darling Downs.

"I had a tour around the town today and I didn't recognise it, it had changed so much for the better," Mr Jones said.

As for the awards themselves, the big winners on the night were Serco Australia, who run the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre.

Serco took out awards in three categories: sustainability and environment, transport, logistics, manufacturing and agriculture services and the overall business of the year award while one of the their staff also won the trainee award.

One of the most popular awards on the night was the People's Choice awards which is voted on by the general public.

Gary and Denise Morris of Laidley's Eagle Rock Café took out the prize in the week they formally re-open after flood damage with an expected visit by Premier Campbell Newman tomorrow.

Laidley also scooped the Mayor's award taken out by Chris and Andrea Saffy of Laidley Landscaping Supplies.

Cr Jones said Chris suffered a serious injury when volunteering after the floods with wife Andrea running the business while her husband was recovering.

Full list of winners:

Apprentice of the Year: Breanna Oyston from Bramwell Auto Group  

Trainee of the Year: Gary Everuss of Serco

Employee of the year: Trisha Colburn of Valley Waste Water

People's Choice Award: Eagle Rock café

Sustainability and environment: Serco

Retail: Laidley Foodworks

Tourism: Mulgowie Hotel

Find and Dining: Smileybells Patisserie

Professional services: OBT Financial Group

Trade services: Masterhire

Health services and fitness: Coast to Country Chiropractic

Home Based Business: Kissed by Cupid

Transport, logistics, manufacturing and agriculture services: Serco

Mayor's award: Laidley Landscaping

Business of the year: Serco..


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