SHORT FALL: Narelle Besseling prepares the revised centre piece for her Ballina Concrete Pumping table at Saturday’s night excellence awards night in Ballina.
SHORT FALL: Narelle Besseling prepares the revised centre piece for her Ballina Concrete Pumping table at Saturday’s night excellence awards night in Ballina. Doug Eaton

'Mishap', water under a bridge

A BRIDGE at the Teven interchange has collapsed. Fortunately, no one died and Narelle Besseling was prepared for the mishap. She knew the glue holding the supports in place would never be strong enough.

Mrs Besseling, from Ballina Concrete Pumping, has spent the past few days creating a miniature concreting scene to be used as the decorative centre piece for her company's table at the Ballina Shire Northern Star Business Excellence Awards on Saturday night.

Every year a best dressed table competition is run and this year Mrs Besseling is determined to win the prize of a dinner for 10 at the Point Restaurant.

“We are doing a lot of work out at the Teven interchange for the Ballina Bypass and that's what I wanted to do, but my bridge wasn't structurally sound,” she said.

“The model fell down; it was never engineer-certified.”

She is now working on a modest men-pouring-concrete scene and has been to the toyshop for trucks and figures.

“I did ask my son if he would get his Lego out and give me a hand, but he is 25 and just looked at me as though I was mad,” she said.

The Besseling company, Ballina Concrete Pumping, last year won the Trade Services Award and will be competing in that category again on Saturday.

The 23 award categories include: Business of the Year, Best Manufacturer, Best Home-based Business and Best Green Business.

The 12th annual awards at the Ballina RSL will be attended by around 400 guests.

“The awards promote a climate of pride, and reward outstanding levels of business excellence,” Ballina Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer Nadia Eliott-Burgess said.



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