The South Australian Agricultural Town of the Year Awards celebrates South Australian towns excelling in agricultural practices and the vital role agriculture plays in the regional landscape.
Chief Executive of the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of SA and Ag Town of the Year judge, John Rothwell says agriculture is the backbone of most regional communities.
“There’s an interrelationship that is very strong between the agricultural industries and the service providers and professionals that make those regions work as a community,” he said.
“The Ag Town of the Year Program is about finding and flushing out the really good examples of where agriculture is evolving and sharing those ideas with the wider community,” Rothwell said.
An initiative of the Government of South Australia, and managed by Solstice Media, the publisher of InDaily, the program provides an opportunity for communities to learn from one another, to build capacity and increase growth in South Australia.
Rothwell said learning from each other was important since the onset of the pandemic has seen dramatic changes across SA and regional and border-town communities have been hit hard.
“South Australians are known for being innovative and while it has been a challenging year for the industry, we’ve seen some of the highest quality production and commitment in the nation,” Rothwell said.
“We’ve got something pretty special that should be shared and celebrated.”
Any town in South Australia can be nominated as the Ag Town of the Year, by anyone via the online voting platform.
So far, 44 different towns have been nominated from a total of 66 eligible nominations.
The public will then have a chance to vote online in October for the nominated town they feel best helped grow primary industries and driven regional growth, with the five towns garnering the most votes selected as this year’s finalists.
The winner of the award will be crowned in February 2021.
The Ag Town of the Year Award Program will run alongside Solstice Media’s South Australian Regional Showcase program.
To nominate, visit www.agtown.com.au.
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