Last month I welcomed 300 delegates to a roads and works conference in the Barossa, and it was a great opportunity to showcase what makes our region such a great destination: our food, our wine and our events are first class, by any standards.
We’ll soon be adding another string to our bow with the revitalisation of the Angaston Railway Station.
Construction work has already begun, and by this time next year we will have a new “Barossa Destination” to add to our show reel.
The best thing about this $2.1 million project is that it’s not just one attraction, aimed at one demographic.
There will, quite literally, be something for everyone.
For the adventure lovers and families, we are planning nature play, bike tracks and a regional level play space to blow off some steam in a challenging and stimulating environment.
For the history buffs, the restored railway station, heritage machinery attractions and interpretive signage will tell a compelling story about our unique railway heritage.
Nature lovers will be able to explore open spaces, trails and links to our walking and cycling networks.
For our community more broadly, think open-air cinema, markets, events and picnic spots – a place for a weekend outing or to gather with friends and family.
Best of all, a two-minute walk takes you to Angas Recreation Park or the town centre for food, wine and cafe options, or a spot of retail therapy.
This will be a landmark development for the Barossa and a wonderful opportunity for all of us to rediscover our own backyard.
After all, the Barossa Story we showcase to the world is also Our Story, and we can all be ambassadors for the place we call home.
Keep an eye on our website and facebook page for regular updates, because this is definitely a project worth following.
The Barossa Council