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The RACV Energy Breakthrough has won the silver medal at the 2014 QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards in the Festival and Events category. The Award was announced at a Gala Ceremony held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday April 10.

Enjoying the Awards Ceremony and pictured above (L-R) are Country Education Project staffer and RACV Energy Breakthrough Convenor, John Stafford, with wife, Liz Stafford; Central Goldfields Shire Mayor, Wendy McIvor; and Central Goldfields Shire Council Recreation Manager and Energy Breakthrough Executive Member, Martin Mark.

To be a finalist in the National Awards, an event must win their respective state tourism awards, as the RACV Energy Breakthrough did for the second year in a row last October at the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards.

It’s one step up the national podium for the RACV Energy Breakthrough, following the Bronze medal won in 2013.
So, Gold next year perhaps?

Central Goldfields Shire Mayor, Cr Wendy McIvor, was in Adelaide for the Ceremony and thrilled with the Silver medal:

[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]”This is a wonderful acknowledgement of the calibre of this event and the long established partnership between Central Goldfields Shire, RACV and Country Education Project.
~ Central Goldfields Shire Mayor, Cr Wendy McIvor[/quote]

“Of course all the schools that participate assist in making this event so successful and we are very proud of our recent achievement.”

The CEO of the Country Education Project, Phil Brown, added his thoughts:

“It’s the Energy Breakthrough’s 25th year and it continues to grow in popularity and recognition at state and national level.”

“The 160 schools and their communities that participate each year know the impact that it has on students learning and knowledge especially in the areas of science, technology, maths and environmental studies, and it is great to receive this silver award at a national level.”

[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]It is a testament to the quality of this education program that it has gone beyond the classroom and race tracks to have significant tourism success as well.”
~ Country Education Project CEO, Phil Brown[/quote]

The Festival and Events category was one of 29 Awards announced during the Gala Ceremony, with other categories covering a broad spectrum from accommodation and tours, to indigenous tourism and attractions.

The RACV Energy Breakthrough Executive Committee wishes to congratulate the winner of our category – the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in Queensland – the Bronze medalists from the ACT, the 2014 National Folk Festival.

Key Dates:

The 2015 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards Gala Ceremony, presented by the Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC), will be held on 16 November 2015.

The 2015 RACV Energy Breakthrough will be held on November 19 – 22 in Maryborough, Victoria.

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