Cleve named Town of the Year

WINNERS: Ag students Daniel Smart, Craig Blieschke, Nathan Peters and Ben Turner with EP Field Days committee member Geoff Bammann and mayor Phil Cameron.
WINNERS: Ag students Daniel Smart, Craig Blieschke, Nathan Peters and Ben Turner with EP Field Days committee member Geoff Bammann and mayor Phil Cameron.

The town and wider district of Cleve is buzzing after being named the inaugural Ag Town of the Year.

One of five finalists from 43 nominations, Cleve was judged the winner by a six-person independent judging panel and presented at the SA Regional Showcase in the Barossa on Friday night.

Primary Industries and Regional Development minister Tim Whetstone said the town was rated highly for its community resilience, agricultural leadership, collaboration and support for the promotion of agriculture in the town.

"Cleve is an outstanding example of a community working together to support the growth of agriculture and this win is a true testament to its resilience in tough times," he said.

Cleve district mayor Phil Cameron said he was "extremely excited" when the announcement was made.

"It's a very great honour, especially being the inaugural award," he said.

"We've got the bragging rights now."

Mr Cameron praised the diversity of the Cleve business community, citing a long list of strong agricultural businesses that have come out of the town including Ramsey Bros, Quinn's Transport and Pringles Crouch Cleve.

"I think it just shows the resilience of the community in three years of drought as well," Mr Cameron said.

The original Cleve nomination was centred around two unique community-based agricultural ventures; Sims Farm and the Eyre Peninsula Field Days.

Primary Producers SA chairperson and award judge Rob Kerin said it was clear the community was supportive of the Cleve Area School's training farm which brings boarders from across the state each year.

"Keeping that standard of agricultural education in Cleve has been a real win for the Eyre Peninsula," Mr Kerin said.

He also praised the committee in charge of the biennial Field Days event, which brings visitors from across the region and beyond to the town.

"It's also amazing to see the Eyre Peninsula Field Days being held with a volunteer board, that's a standout event in the region," Mr Kerin said.