If you’re looking for Northern Territory, Australia’s best pokies, liquor outlet and apprentice chef cuisine, look no further than Kathrine, NT. Three of the area’s hotels and clubs received a total of 5 awards at this week’s Australia Hotels Association (AHA) awards ceremony.
The annual AHA NT Awards for Excellence are sponsored by Australia’s oldest and most successful slot machine manufacturer, Aristocrat Technologies. These prestigious awards provide due recognition for superiority among NT’s pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants, and the employees thereof, for exemplifying excellence within the region’s hospitality industry.
Organizers of the event confirmed that more than 400 nominations were received for this year’s esteemed event, with a total of 39 categorical awards to be handed out. The Katherine Country Club, Katherine Club Inc and Katherine Hotel were all among this years honoured winners.
Best Apprentice Chef – Zali Cross
The judges were especially impressed with Miss Zali Cross, a third-year apprentice chef at Katherine Country Club, who took home the prestigious award for ‘Best Apprentice / Trainee of the Year‘. Ms. Cross is currently working towards her Certificate 3 in Commerical Cookery from CDU.
According to the Katherine Times, Ms. Cross is “known for her exceptional dedication, reliability and ability to rise to all challenges, and her commitment to great food.”
Even Des Crowe, CEO of AHA NT, was indubitably impressed with Ms. Cross’s dedication and accomplishments. He called her recognition “the highlight of the evening” at Wednesday’s ceremony.
“There are many impediments for young employees to maximize their potential when working in the regions,” said Crowe. “The commitment Zali Cross has made with the support of her work colleagues ensures that Katherine’s home grown talent is up there with the best in Australia.”
As for NT Australia’s best pokies club, that honor goes to Katherine Country Club as well, thanks to the tireless efforts of Matthew Cullen. He was awarded the ‘Best Community Liaison Award‘ for providing the most responsible service in gambling, and ensuring the club’s compliance with gambling policies exceed regulatory requirements.
The judges were remarkably impressed with Mr. Cullen’s dedicated commitment and contributions to improving KCC’s gaming room, its promotion of responsible gaming practices, and easily accessible information on support services for customers.
NT Australia’s Best Pokies Club – Size Matters
But is Katherine Country Club really the home of NT Australia’s best pokies?
On the whole, perhaps, but for those seeking a more expansive game room, that title goes to Katherine Club Inc. This establishment collected one of the most prestigious awards of the evening, ‘Best Large Club of the Year‘, as well as the ‘Best Club Bar Presentation & Service‘ award.
Quench Your Thirst at Katherine Hotel
For anyone looking to purchase a tasty beverage, the Katherine Hotel tops the list, named ‘Best Retail Liquor Outlet‘ of 2017. The judges noted the Katherine Hotel’s excellency in management, product availability, and overall presentation of the store.
It came as no shock to Mr. Crowe that Katherine’s hospitality venues were so well received at this year’s ceremony. He remarked on the long-standing history of superior services in the region.
“The Katherine hospitality was on show last night and it was no surprise that the Katherine Club, Katherine Country Club and the Katherine Hotel were in the winners list,” he said.
Mr. Crowe concluded that, “Great team approach from both community and family run businesses ensure that the Katherine community and the NT Tourist is well served.”
If Katherine is too far a distance, or you can’t find the time to visit the poker machines at these fine award-winning establishments, there’s always the option of play NT Australia’s best pokies on desktop or mobile. You’ll find them at another long-established, award-winning destination, Royal Vegas Online Casino.