South Australian towns flying the flag for primary industries are eligible for a new award – the South Australian Agricultural Town of the Year.
The award will recognise towns supporting and promoting primary industries in all their facets.
Nominations opened 18 December, 2018 for the award, and closed 11.59pm Friday 15 February 2019.
WHO CAN BE NOMINATED?
- Any regional town in South Australia can be nominated for this award (‘regional’ as defined by the set of boundaries used by Local Government Association of South Australia. View the boundaries map here.
- For the purpose of this award, ‘agriculture’ refers to all primary industries – agriculture (field crops, horticulture, meat and livestock, dairy, grape and wine, forestry), and fisheries and aquaculture.
- A town’s involvement in agriculture is not limited to farmers, but includes the wider community that supports the industry – e.g. shops, service providers, community activities.
THE AWARD FORMAT
- Nominations will be accepted until Friday 15 February 2019 via the online nomination form. Nominations are to state in 250 words or less how your town meets the award criteria.
- An independent judging panel will determine five finalists to be profiled through the Regional Showcase format of storytelling.
- From April – August 2019, a finalist town will be showcased each month with their story shared across the Brand SA News platform and through social networks.
- The independent judging panel will select the ‘Ag Town of the Year’ based on the finalist stories.
- The winner will be announced atthe Regional Showcase celebration evening in October 2019.
The community has demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas over the past 12 months, with the underpinning goal of growing primary industries and driving regional development:
- The farming community has embraced science, adopting new technologies and fostering a culture of innovation which has resulted in greater production and/or increased productivity in agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture or forestry.
- Initiatives have been undertaken to increase market access to interstate or international markets, contributing to the state’s agricultural economy on a wider scale.
- Regional growth is supported by job creation and retention, and generating ways to attract people to the regions.
- The adoption and promotion of biosecurity measures with a significant impact on protecting the region and the state’s valuable agricultural assets.
- The community and industry have demonstrated resilience in the face of adverse event/s to rebuild industries.
- Members of the community are involved in leadership activities that contribute to growth in agriculture / regional development within their town and more broadly across the state.
- Collaboration across the community – people working together for united benefit and success.
- Community is able to demonstrate its support and promotion of agriculture.
"We want to acknowledge the positive impact agriculture has on regional towns and the flow on effect this has on a township, on community members and on the state as a whole."
"The Ag Town of the Year Award will also highlight how our communities can learn from each other and will enable them to grow."
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone