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2022 Bass Coast Business Awards announces Wildlife Coast Cruises business of year and more

Eco-tourism leader Wildlife Coast Cruises has been awarded Business of the Year in the annual Bass Coast Awards which celebrate service excellence, innovation and resilience.

By news@gippsland - 21st October 2022 - Back to News

Businesses in retail, food and beverage, tourism, wellness, fitness, tourism, marketing and hair and beauty were also recognised for their leadership, marketing, accessibility, inclusion and sustainability during a challenging time. This year the community's participation in voting for their favourite local businesses was one of the highest it has been in the awards' 15-year history. There were 61 entrants in the judged awards and over 100 local businesses received 1,192 votes in the People's Choice Awards.

The Bass Coast Business Awards were announced at a presentation dinner at Silverwater Resort in San Remo on Friday 21 October attended by 170 people

Awards announcements

The awards were announced at a presentation dinner at Silverwater Resort in San Remo on Friday 21 October attended by 170 people. Wildlife Coast Cruises, which has been operating cruises for almost 30 years around Phillip Island, Seal Rocks, French Island, Westernport and Wilsons Promontory, won the Environmental Sustainability, People's Choice Tourism Attraction award categories as well as overall Business of the Year.

The business is proud of reducing its environmental impact as it showcases tourists, our Australian Fur Seals, migrating whales, dolphins and coastal birdlife. The judges said the tourism business was not only making amazing progress in terms of its own sustainability practices, but sharing and assisting the community, as well as other businesses. "It is a true sustainability leader in the business sector."

Bass Coast Shire Mayor Cr Michael Whelan congratulated all the winners and finalists. "The past couple years have been very challenging for all businesses and we are privileged in our community to have such innovative, resilient and successful businesses. Through sheer hard work, commitment to customers and passion our local businesses are succeeding and doing us all proud." Cr Whelan said.

2022 Business Awards winners

Business of the Year sponsored by Bass Coast Shire Council Wildlife Coast Cruises

Access, equity and inclusion sponsored by Westernport Water

  • Winner: Brinnie T Design
  • Runners up: Phillip Island Tenpin Bowling and Entertainment Centre

Environmental sustainability sponsored by Harman Wines,

  • Winner: Wildlife Coast Cruises
  • Runners up: Bass Strait Direct, The Only Straw and French Island Cottage

Resilience sponsored by Bass Coast Shire Council

  • Winner: Balance Health Phillip Island
  • Runners up: My 24/7 Gym and VORTEX Surf Skate Snow

Business innovation sponsored by NBN Local - Gippsland

  • Winner: Terralab
  • Runners up: Wattle Bank Farm

Leadership sponsored by Silverwater Resort

  • Winner: Maru Koala and Animal Park
  • Runners up: Sunscape Solar

Marketing and communications sponsored by Destination Phillip Island

  • Winner: Connect2 Electrical Solutions
  • Runners up: Bass Coast Boat and Caravan Storage

People's choice awards

2022 People's Choice Award Winners sponsored by Bass Coast Shire Council

Accommodation and tourism attraction

  • Winner: Wildlife Coast Cruises
  • Runners Up: NRMA Phillip Island Beachfront Holiday Park

Food and beverage

  • Winner: Harman Wines
  • Runners Up: Mon Dieu

Hair and beauty

  • Winner: Hair by Sarah Azzato
  • Runners Up: Hair by Karra

Health, wellbeing and lifestyle

  • Winner: Lioness Fit
  • Runners Up: Wonthaggi Allied Health

Online, mobile and home - based business

  • Winner: Gippy Organics
  • Runners Up: Graham Lyle Insurance

Retail and services

  • Winner: Bass Coast Boat & Caravan Storage
  • Runners Up: Bass Strait Direct

Trades and services

  • Winner: Sunscape Solar
  • Runners Up: Connect 2 Electrical

The awards are sponsored by:

The Award judges were Kim Storey, Heidi Hamm, Rebecca Massaro, Andrea Evans-McCall, Marcus McKenzie, Peter Clayton and Paul Drew with the support of Jayne Simpson. For more information on the 2022 Bass Coast Business Awards finalists visit Bass Coast Business Awards page.

Pictures from Bass Coast Shire Council Facebook page.


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