Congratulations to the 2018 Regional Showcase Winners!
Each year across South Australia, individuals, groups and organisations are striving for greatness in regional communities. The Regional Showcase is a chance for us to reflect on the significant contributions made to regional areas, and to recognise those who are doing amazing work.
The best stories, written and shared by our team of journalists, were shortlisted earlier this year before three winners were declared at the celebration evening in Tailem Bend tonight!
Read the three winning stories here.
Business Award Winner
Eyre Peninsula business Cowell Electric manages power station and distribution networks, providing 2400 customers in 13 remote towns with electricity. The business employs more than 100 staff across its Cowell and Olympic Dam sites, with plans to recruit more this year. In 2000 the business faced liquidation, until Sue stepped in and steered a huge turnaround. Now the company has quadrupled sales and in 2016 was awarded a $20m State Government contract to supply electricity to remote towns and to communities in the APY Lands.
Brinkworth Progress Association
Community Award Winner
The Brinkworth Progress Association in the small Mid North town is a prime example of a local community group working together for the better of its people. The group has worked hard in recent years to beautify the town, raising money for the upgrade of visitor amenities, the town hall, camping grounds, playgrounds and walking trails. Brinkworth had a population of 401 people in 2006, plummeting to just 188 in 2011, before creeping back up to 285 in 2016. Could it be the efforts of local volunteers drawing people back in?
Tumby Bay Progress Association
People’s Choice Award Winner
In April this year, the Tumby Bay Progress Association celebrated the unveiling of a stunning artwork painted on the town’s giant grain silos. Painted by Argentinean artist Martin Ron over five weeks, the mural has become a tourist attraction and joins a number of other silo artworks that have popped up across country SA and VIC in recent years. The progress association ran the project, officially launched in conjunction with the Colour Tumby Art Festival. The silo mural depicts two boys jety jumping – a popular seaside activity.
It’s not the end of the line for Regional Showcase. We’re always on the hunt for inspiring yarns from our regional communities.
If you know an individual, organisation or business that deserves to have their story told in the next round of Regional Showcase, submit your idea for consideration! We are writing stories all year round.