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Bass Coast Business of the Year Award

Bass Coast Business of the Year Award

Friday 21 October 2022

Eco-tourism leader Wildlife Coast Cruises has been awarded Business of the Year in the annual Bass Coast Awards which celebrate service excellence, innovation and resilience.

Businesses in retail, food and beverage, tourism, wellness, fitness, tourism, marketing and hair and beauty were also recognised for their leadership, marketing, accessibility, inclusion and sustainability during a challenging time.

This year the community’s participation in voting for their favourite local businesses was one of the highest it has been in the awards’ 15-year history. There were 61 entrants in the judged awards and over 100 local businesses received 1,192 votes in the People’s Choice Awards.

The Awards were announced at a presentation dinner at Silverwater Resort in San Remo on Friday 21 October attended by 170 people.

Wildlife Coast Cruises, which has been operating cruises for almost 30 years around Phillip Island, Seal Rocks, French Island, Westernport and Wilsons Promontory, won the Environmental Sustainability, People’s Choice Tourism Attraction award categories as well as overall Business of the Year.

The business is proud of reducing its environmental impact as it showcases tourists our Australian Fur Seals, migrating whales, dolphins and coastal birdlife.

The judges said the tourism business was not only making amazing progress in terms of its own sustainability practices, but sharing and assisting the community, as well as other businesses. “It is a true sustainability leader in the business sector.’’

Bass Coast Shire Mayor Cr Michael Whelan congratulated all the winners and finalists.

“The past couple years have been very challenging for all businesses and we are privileged in our community to have such innovative, resilient and successful businesses,’’ Cr Whelan said.

“Through sheer hard work, commitment to customers and passion our local businesses are succeeding and doing us all proud.’’

2022 Business Award Winners

Business of the Year sponsored by Bass Coast Shire Council

Wildlife Coast Cruises

Access, Equity and Inclusion sponsored by Westernport Water

Winner: Brinnie T Design

Runners up: Phillip Island Tenpin Bowling and Entertainment Centre

Environmental Sustainability sponsored by Harman Wines,

Winner: Wildlife Coast Cruises

Runners up: Bass Strait Direct, The Only Straw and French Island Cottage

Resilience sponsored by Bass Coast Shire Council

Winner: Balance Health Phillip Island

Runners up: My 24/7 Gym and VORTEX Surf Skate Snow

Business Innovation sponsored by NBN Local – Gippsland

Winner: Terralab

Runners up: Wattle Bank Farm

Leadership sponsored by Silverwater Resort

Winner: Maru Koala and Animal Park

Runners up: Sunscape Solar

Marketing and Communications sponsored by Destination Phillip Island

Winner: Connect2 Electrical Solutions

Runners up: Bass Coast Boat and Caravan Storage

2022 People’s Choice Award Winners sponsored by Bass Coast Shire Council

Accommodation and Tourism Attraction

Winner: Wildlife Coast Cruises

Runners Up: NRMA Phillip Island Beachfront Holiday Park

Food and Beverage

Winner: Harman Wines

Runners Up: Mon Dieu

Hair and Beauty

Winner: Hair by Sarah Azzato

Runners Up: Hair by Karra

Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle

Winner: Lioness Fit

Runners Up: Wonthaggi Allied Health

Online, Mobile and Home-based Business

Winner: Gippy Organics

Runners Up: Graham Lyle Insurance

Retail and Services

Winner: Bass Coast Boat & Caravan Storage

Runners Up: Bass Strait Direct

Trades and Services

Winner: Sunscape Solar

Runners Up: Connect 2 Electrical

The Awards are sponsored by Destination Phillip Island, NBN Co., Silverwater Resort, Westernport Water and Harman Wines.

The Award judges were Kim Storey, Heidi Hamm, Rebecca Massaro, Andrea Evans-McCall, Marcus McKenzie, Peter Clayton and Paul Drew with the support of Jayne Simpson.

For more information on the 2022 Bass Coast Business Awards finalists visit