Hinterland biz success

Locals businesses recognised for entrepreneurial excellence

LANDSBOROUGH’S Becker Constructions was inducted into the Sunshine Coast Business Awards Hall of Fame.
The award capped a successful evening for hinterland entrepreneurs at the 2024 awards evening which was held in front of 900 guests at the Sunshine Coast Convention Centre last Friday. Sunshine Coast Business Awards Chair Jennifer Swaine said the 28th awards evening was “something special”, with a record number of entries and high calibre finalists.
“We would like to congratulate this year’s winners and also thank all 137 finalists as well as the 205 entrants,” Ms Swaine said. Across the hinterland, Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat won the Small Tourism category, Mapleton’s Habitance Architects won the best Small Professional Services category, Maleny Dairies won best Large Food and Agribusiness category. Habitance’s Alex Hoffman said the award was “vindication that what we are doing is worth it”.
“You get up every day and try and manifest change and to have your peers recognise you is pretty impactful,” he said.
Maleny Dairies’ Ross Hopper said his company is only as successful as it is thanks to the producers.
“We want to thank our farmers who give us great milk and we can then pass it on to the public,” he said.
Becker Constructions said it was a “cracker night” and that they were honoured to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Beerburrum’s Roxanne McCarty-O’Kane won best Small Creative Industries category.