Award winners Joanne McCulkin and Michael McCulkin of TriState Safaris, with David Trewin (centre) Senior Manager Sustainable Business DECCW
Each year since 2004 the Regional Tourism Organisations of New England North West, Central NSW, Riverina Tourism and Outback Tourism have worked together to conduct the Inland Tourism Awards.
The Awards are an opportunity for tourism operators and businesses to gain an insight into their industry, achieve recognition for their success and promote tourism within their region.
This year the Inland Tourism Energy Efficiency Award, sponsored by the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW (DECCW), was won by Tri State Safaris, a 4WD expedition company based at Broken Hill.
The Energy Efficiency Award was judged on energy efficiency and overall sustainability measures. Weighting was given to involvement in the Energy Efficiency for Small Business Program, run by DECCW.
The Black Queen Outback Theatre, which operates in the harsh and isolated environment of Lightning Ridge, was runner up. This unique venture, which supplies its own electricity and water, showed strong sustainability and energy efficiency actions in the business, and at home. The Black Queen won the Tourist Attraction category.
To see the full list of award categories and finalists, visit inlandtourismawards.com.au