'Unseasonable' natural crises halt Warwick business awards
UNSETTLING weather conditions have forced the Warwick Chamber of Commerce to postpone its annual Business Excellence Awards night.
In conjunction with Stanthorpe and Granite Belt's Chamber of Commerce, the night, set to be held on Saturday September 21, will be delayed until the new year, as businesses struggle to keep on their feet from recent fires and drought.
Warwick Chamber of Commerce president Julia Keogh said businesses were not in the right frame of mind at the moment to be attending the awards.
"It has been incredibly difficult for businesses to spend time in self-reflection while doing the nomination process,” she said.
"The agricultural business has been crippled by drought.
"We still have business confidence but its been an incredibly unseasonable start to the fire season. It has brought back in our minds to what we need to be focusing on.
"When you get put in survival mode, like our friends and colleagues in Stanthorpe, it just really sharpens your priorities.”
The decision was made after the Chamber of Commerce's That Spring Thing event went ahead last weekend.
Ms Keogh said the festival continued, despite fire fears, due to extensive conversation of what was best for evacuees.
"We had a very open and frank discussion whether it was an appropriate thing to do, and we thought it would be a opportunity to provide a bit of breathing space to get everyone together,” she said.