FOLLOWING on from news local GP Jenny Wray is the 2013 Telstra NSW Business Women’s Awards Business Owner of the Year comes the announcement the region has had added success in the ACT awards.
The Telstra ACT Business Women’s Awards were presented at Rydges Lakeside recently.
Lisa Roberts of Provincial Plants and Landscapes - in Bega and Pialligo, ACT - took out the Business Innovation Award, being recognised across a number of areas including sales and marketing, process, product and service.
“To be selected as a leading innovator in what’s widely perceived as a male dominated, ‘dirty’ industry of chemicals and cowboys out to make a buck, is an honour and proof that whatever you can conceive you can achieve,” Ms Roberts said.
“Over a decade ago, I had a vision of a business that would make a tangible difference to our landscape and people’s lives, and that considers its impact now and on future generations.
“Provincial started on a shoestring over 12 years ago with high aspirations and little else.
“The two of us operated out of a caravan in a remote location with no infrastructure, power or accessible water and now we’re a well-respected, ‘go to’ industry contender with four offices in two states, two nurseries, a landscaping company, a 140-acre biodynamic polyculture farm and a happy team of 35.”
Ms Roberts’ integrated and holistic business model stood out from the crowd and has become an award-winning, carbon-neutral company incorporating plants, produce, aquaponics, animals, revegetation, landscape design, sustainable agriculture, eco-living and philanthropy.
Her business operates on renewable energy, its nurseries specialise in plants grown without chemicals using harvested rainwater, and a polyculture farm and nursery is underway to producing biochar, organic food including fish, dairy, chickens and honey, community gardens and carbon sequestering.
Judges recognised the innovation in Ms Roberts' integrated business model, saying while the various parts of her business were inter-related, they could operate independently.
The winners proceed to the national finals in Melbourne on November 14.
More information on the Telstra Business Women's Awards can be found at www.telstrabusinesswomensawards.com.