MANSFIELD Shire Council was the only rural based award winner at the recent Mainstreet Australia Awards 2014.
Council’s Visual Merchandising Project, that was delivered in collaboration with the Mansfield District Business Association, won a Mainstreet Activation Award in a category dominated by Victorian and interstate metropolitan based municipalities and business associations.
Mayor Ray Robinson congratulated the tourism and economic development department on the successful delivery of a great project that is continuing to show results in the calibre of presentation of our shopfront businesses.
“It’s a credit to Mansfield Shire that we have been recognised with a national award up against bigger and arguably better resourced competition,” he said.
“And the winner is… Mansfield Shire Council – I have to admit I was a tad surprised,” said Judy Dixon from council’s tourism and economic development department (T&ED), who wrote the award application and was in attendance on the night of the announcements.
“I was very proud to make a speech on acceptance of the award, highlighting the importance of our main streets and the success of our Visual Merchandising project for its uptake and buy in from our local small businesses in Mansfield and in our smaller communities,” she said.