The RACV Energy Breakthrough has been named a Finalist in both the Victorian Tourism Awards and the Victorian Department of Sport and Recreation ‘Community Event’ Awards.

The Victorian Tourism awards were announced on Monday night and are an “annual showcase of Victoria’s finest tourism operators and individuals who have distinguished themselves as providers of the pinnacle in service, standards and innovation. Winning an award is the industry’s highest accolade and the recipients represent “excellence” in VictoriaÕs tourism industry.”

The submission, prepared throughout the year by the RACV and the Central Goldfields Shire Council, reported on the 2005 edition of the event.

Following a set criteria, the awards score events according to:

  • business plan,
  • risk management,
  • marketing,
  • customer service,
  • professional development of EB volunteers,
  • environmental sustainability,
  • cultural & social responsibility, and
  • the involvement of the tourism industy.

Members of the Energy Breakthrough Planning Committee Sally Gray, Paul Moore, Alisha Chadwick, John Stafford and the Mayor of Maryborough, Brian OÕConnor attended the Sport & Recreation awards ceremony in September.

The Energy Breakthrough Planning Committee were excited about the accolade, “The Breakthrough is a fantastic event and we believe the benefits to Maryborough on a tourism and community level are outstanding.” Event Convenor, John Stafford said.

“We’ve made submissions in the past and not been finalists, so we believe we must be getting closer to that elusive first place.” Mr Stafford jokingly added.

“Honestly though, whilst these finalists nominations reconfirm to us that the Energy Breakthrough is a fantastic event, we do not put on the show for awards – we do it for young people’s learning.”

For more information, head to

– the Victorian Tourism Awards website at

– the Department for Sport & Recreation website at

– Central Goldfields Visitor Information Centre