Easter, Events and Business

Over Easter the Snowy Region was blessed with awesome autumn weather, along with cold nights, beautiful sunny days and light winds. Visitors and local families were able to share in some wonderful events such as the iconic Lake Light Sculpture Festival on the foreshores of Lake Jindabyne.

These events bring the town to life and generates an exciting vibe for Jindabyne. It brings enormous economic benefit to the retail, tourism and hospitality industries, including increased local employment. Such events would not happen without the passion and organisational skills of both local community members and businesses working together.

It is little wonder the Lake Light Sculpture season is a hit, with a picturesque lake and well appointed foreshore pathways, but it is the night time lighting that sets it up for success. Illumination makes the sculptures come to life, and provides a totally different perspective during the day into night. Who could forget the full moon that rises at Easter? It's simply a special location to highlight the beauty of the area and township of Jindabyne.

The Lake Light Sculpture Festival had a record number of entries, 140 in its 17th year. Generous sponsorship came from Thredbo Resort, as well as Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa, Snowy Hydro, Snowy Monaro Regional Council, Perisher Resort, and numerous other local businesses provided cash and other wonderful prizes. Plus, the sponsorship by Kosciuszko First National Real Estate saw the return of the Small Sculptures Awards that were showcased in the lounge of Rydges Snowy Mountains, another major partner of the Festival. A feature this year was the return of the LED lighting & sound that lit up the Sir Paul Strzelecki Monument, creating special interest.

The Lions Easter Art Show and Sale is another spectacular event held annually in the Jindabyne Memorial Hall. Hosted by volunteers and the Jindabyne Lions Club, there were over 330 entries. It was amazing to see so much talent in one room. The Opening Night celebrations on Thursday evening, sponsored by Mitre 10, provided an opportunity to gather and enjoy the artworks and presentation ceremony, prior to the Easter Weekend influx. The local CWA ladies can surely be proud of a wonderfully catered evening.

The Jindabyne Memorial Hall also showcased the Snowy Mountains Easter Quilt & Craft Exhibition with spectacular quilts, crochet, knitting & embroidery. Lots of handmade crafts to highlight the talents of the local Quilt and Craft Group.

Anzac Day was no exception where the glorious weather was concerned. A crisp morning with a brilliant sunrise laid the setting for the sombre ceremony. The dawn service was well attended as usual. Jindabyne attendees were privy to a ADF squadron and Jindabyne Aero Club flypass, plus attendance of the Orion Navy Cadets and personnel polished the service with due honour and respect. Local Snowy Mountains horse riders provided an emotional touch to the ceremony, delivering an eerie remembrance to the Light Horsemen and horses who served so gallantly. Always a memorable event in Jindabyne, and rightly so, Lest We Forget.

Of course with such glorious weather and so much happening you could not forget to explore the mountains. Many people drove around the region as well as visited Kosciuszko National Park, there were an impressive number of people hiking the mountains and exploring nature. Mountain and road bikers enjoying the fresh air and trails with breathtaking scenery. A lot of people were fishing over the Easter Holidays, and luckily, with the colder weather the fish were biting too!

What this all goes to show is that Jindabyne is a unique place. The contribution of community volunteers partnering with local businesses and organisations is to be applauded. This level of collaboration doesn't happen everywhere, and demonstrates why Jindabyne is so special.

There is now a chance to remind people to acknowledge outstanding local businesses and their hard working staff and operators.

The Snowy Mountains Business Awards close shortly.

Launched last year, the awards program showcases the important role local businesses play in strengthening the region's economy.

The 2019 Snowy Monaro Business Awards are now open for nominations until Monday 6 May to allow for judging!

The Gala Dinner will be held @ The Station Resort on May 31, 2019. Make your booking early to ensure you secure a table for 10. Last years spectacular had over 150 people attend and this year we have hopes it will be bigger and better!

If you would like help deciding which award category you should enter or assistance completing your nomination form, please contact your local Chamber of Commerce, or one of the Business Awards Committee members:

· Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce:
o Bruce Easton – 0417 217 750
o Olivier Kapetanakos – 0400 868 683
· Snowy Monaro Regional Council Economic Development Officer – Sarah Blyton – 0437 477 201

Entering the Business Awards provides your business with an unparalleled opportunity to:

Gain recognition at a local, regional and state level;
Raise the profile of your business and showcase your business to a state-wide, country-wide and global audience;
Build a reputation for excellence inside and outside of your industry;
Benchmark a your business year on year and against other businesses in your local area and industry;
Boost staff morale through the recounting of successes and wins in your business;
All finalists and winners receive an official Business Awards FINALIST or WINNER logo which can be used on collateral, websites, business cards and signage.
Nominations can be completed at www.businessannualawards.com.au/login?chamber=snowy_monaro

Upcoming Events

May 3 – Federal Election Forum @ Rydges Snowy Mountains @ 6.00pm for 6.30pm start
May 4 – The Pitch Day with Snowy Mountains Innovation Network @ The Station Resort from 2pm to 4pm RSVP to be in the audience Eventbrite
May 6-8 - GO Jindabyne Teams from NSW Planning return to further conversations with the Jindabyne Community. Includes drop-in meetings plus a Panel Discussion
May 11 - Resource and Waste EXPO @ Jindabyne Memorial Hall
May 21 - JAG Meeting @ Jindabyne Bowling Club 7.00pm
May 23 - Jindabyne CONNECT @ Rydges Snowy Mountains @ 5.30pm