The town of Kimba has been named the overall winner of the 2017 Sustainable Communities Awards at the KESAB Awards Ceremony at the Adelaide Sailing Club today.
Sustainable Communities, formerly known as the Tidy Towns program, is a focus for hundreds of regional communities to showcase positive actions taken by communities, schools, businesses and councils across SA to protect their local environment, enhance their towns, embrace sustainability and showcase their initiatives.
Kimba’s entry included the Igniting Kimba arts project, which included the Kimba Silo art, as well as the innovative grey nomad program, “The Thing about Kimba” and the Powerful Learners program at the Kimba Area School, encouraging students to think outside the box.
Program manger Alex Hammett said Kimba’s entry embraced initiatives by the Kimba Community Development Group, Kimba District Council, Kimba Area School and many more community groups and local businesses – “throughout their entry, the spirit and pride of the community was evident”.
“It was clear that as a community they are really striving to foster a thriving local community, that not only supports the people who live in the Kimba district but also enhance the local environment and entice visitors to their local area.
“All of this makes them a perfect example of a sustainable community.”
Mr Hammett sustainable practices were now entrenched in the regions.
“Long-term sustainable practices are now entrenched in regional communities and the 2017 awards have again showcased the best examples,” Mr Hammett said.
“Small, medium and large towns from across the state submitted entries into the awards this year and the quality was high.”
“The program is all about people getting together to contribute to a better place to live, work and play, to create a place where visitors are delighted to come, and locals want to stay.
“At the same time it’s about protecting, conserving, managing and improving SA’s precious natural environment.
“Entering the awards is a way of recognising and acknowledging the hard work, long hours, bright ideas, passion, enthusiasm and spirit of regional South Australians and their communities.”