A Gunnedah business has been named the NSW Community Member of the Year.
Gordon Barry & Co's award win was announced at the CRT National Conference in Brisbane at the weekend.
Gunnedah manager Bec Tunbridge said the announcement took her by surprise and the team of six was "very honoured" to receive its first award.
"There are so many great CRT members out there doing amazing things for their communities, so for us to be chosen as the NSW winner was overwhelming," she said.
The business was recognised for co-hosting a mental health awareness event with CRT in 2019 featuring The Unbreakable Farmer - Warren Davies.
"Mental health is at the forefront of everyone's minds here at Gordon and Barry. Something we noticed is that there were a lot of physical handouts but not a lot being done as far a mental health was concerned," she said.
"We really tried to lift everybody's spirits from the effects of the drought, which was really affecting our town. Our town has a great community spirit and when things are down, we all come together and back each other.
"It was encouraging to see everyone rally behind the event and we were so pleased to have Warren speak about mental health and the importance of never being afraid to speak up when life's challenges get in the way."
CRT general manager Greg O'Neil praised the Gunnedah business for its community involvement.
"The culture of the business has made them not only successful, but a valued member of their community, working alongside their customers in all their endeavours. Such high levels of community engagement are exactly what it means to be a CRT member," he said.
As part of the award, Gordon Barry & Co will receive $1500 to gift to a community group of its choice.