SURPRISE GONG: Colleen and Ross Trease from Ballina Brake Exhaust and Clutch won Business of the Year.
SURPRISE GONG: Colleen and Ross Trease from Ballina Brake Exhaust and Clutch won Business of the Year. Rebecca Lolback

Brakes outfit in huge break at Ballina Business Awards

"I CAN'T believe it. I can't believe it. I just cannot believe it."

It's fair to say that Colleen Trease was surprised to win Business of the Year at the Ballina Shire Northern Star Business Excellence Awards on Saturday night.

Mrs Trease and husband Ross run Ballina Brake Exhaust and Clutch, and they were honoured to take out the top gong.

"I just came (to the event) to have a nice dinner and a night out," she said.

"So to win was just such a nice thing. We've been finalists at the business awards three times before. We're very happy to be winners. We love Ballina."

Hundreds of people representing businesses across the Ballina Shire attended the black tie event at the Ballina RSL Club.

Hosted by the Ballina Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the business awards aim to recognise the very best in business and customer service.

Other winners included:

  • Blue Sky (Customer Service);
  • Bronzed and Beautiful (Home-Based Business);
  • Tonic (Hair and Beauty Services);
  • Fit Group Training (Fitness and Wellbeing);
  • Alstonville Garden House (Retail Outlet);
  • Ballina RSL Boardwalk Cafe (Food and Beverage);
  • Summerland House Farm (Tourism and Accommodation);
  • Active Pest Management (Trade and Manufacturing);
  • Coaster Kings (Green Business);
  • Breast Friends (Don King Memorial Award);
  • Asset Advisory and A Plus B Business Solutions (Professional Services); and
  • Sirocco cafe (People's Choice).

Ballina Concrete Pumping and Air T&G were both inducted into the Hall of Fame. Each winning business took home a specially made trophy, crafted by renowned local artist David Mackay Harrison.

After the official part of the evening and a three-course meal, guests took to the dance floor while others donned sparkly hats and fake moustaches for the photo booth.

East Ballina artist David Mackay Harrison, with his wife Kym, designed the trophies for the Ballina Shire Northern Star Business Excellence Awards. Photo Rebecca Lolback / The Northern Star
East Ballina artist David Mackay Harrison, with his wife Kym, designed the trophies for the Ballina Shire Northern Star Business Excellence Awards. Photo Rebecca Lolback / The Northern Star Rebecca Lolback

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