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We Won ! Celebrate With Us

November 14, 2017

Last weekend we attended the Queensland Tourism 2017 Awards in Brisbane as we had entered our attraction in 3 categories.

And, didn’t we do well!

We snagged 2 silver awards in two categories -one for Tourist Attractions and the other for Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries.

The biggest shock of the night was that we took out the Gold Award for Excellence in Food Tourism for the third year in a row giving us automatic  entryinto the Australian Tourism Awards and because we’ve won 3 times now we also get a special entry into the Hall of Fame.

For our small yet unique operation in Sarina this is a massive achievement. The staff and volunteers are so proud that their big smiles havent left their faces yet!

Sarina Sugar Shed has grown from its humble beginnings 10 years ago when the (then) Sarina Shire Council worked with the community to develop ideas on how to attract visitors into our region by creating a tourist attraction.

Cr Karen May was  was on the original “Field of Dreams” committee who noted that tourists were always stopping in at the Sarina Visitor Information Centre asking for a tour of the then CSR Mill/Distillery in Sarina.

But, the workplace health and safety laws meant that tours at these mills couldn’t be carried out.

Hence the decision to open a miniature sugar mill and miniature distillery for tourists to enjoy.

At that time, Council received funding from the Federal Government to assist with the construction of the Sarina Sugar Shed which became the first and only miniature sugar mill and distillery in Australia.

Initially, miniature equipment was sourced from all over the world or it was fabricated locally in the Mackay / Sarina region.

Glenys Mansfield was employed as the project manager and she has worked tirelessly from day one to get the Sarina Sugar Shed up and running and as popular as it is today. She now has a team of dedicated staff and volunteers to assist.

Attracting many visitors of all ages and from all areas of the globe means that the operation is a great success.

These awards are the ‘icing on the cake’.. made with sugar of course and are the perfect testament to the years of dedicated hard work that the staff and volunteers have put in to make Sarina Sugar Shed our regions most popular tourist attraction.

Attending the awards on Friday 10th November at Brisbane’s convention and Exhibition Centre were :

Glenys Mansfield Co-ordinator Sarina Sugar Shed
Cr Amanda Camm (Deputy Mayor)
Cr Karen May
Teona Cousens, Manager Economic Development

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