In a bid to crown South Australia’s Ag Town of the Year, the State Government is opening nominations for the inaugural awards today.
The South Australian Agricultural Town of the Year Award, which is part of the 2019 South Australian Regional Showcase program, aims to highlight the vital role agriculture and other primary industries play in regional communities.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone is encouraging regional communities to get behind the award and nominate their town.
"The South Australian Agricultural Town of the Year Award is all about recognising and celebrating the role agriculture and other primary industries, such as forestry and fisheries, play in the economic and social fabric of our regional communities, and the innovation and diversity that come from these towns," said Minister Whetstone.
"Since announcing the formation of this award, we have received plenty of interest and I expect there to be strong nominations before the 15 February 2019 deadline.
"An independent panel will assess the nominations received and select the top five towns to be profiled.
"From April to August, an 'Ag Town of the Month' will feature and be shared across the Brand SA News platform and through social networks.
"We want to uncover and share stories of excellence in activities that have the underpinning goal of growing and promoting primary industries and driving regional development."
The South Australian Regional Showcase is presented by Brand South Australia, with Chief Executive Officer Karen Raffen welcoming the new addition to the program.
"The Regional Showcase shares stories of regional success across our channels, to demonstrate to the world how fantastic regional South Australia is and the Agricultural Town of the Year Award adds a new element to this," said Ms Raffen.
"We'll be delving deeper into the stories of entire towns that are excelling in their primary industries practices, and the impact this has on their communities and around the state."
To access the guidelines for the award or to nominate, visit www.regionalshowcase.live