Five towns named finalists for Ag Town of the Year

Photo: Herald archives

Photo: Herald archives

Kapunda township has managed to shimmy its way into a top five list of an inaugural state award.

The latest announcement of the South Australia Ag Town of the Year award is music to the ears of nominee - Kapunda Business Alliance member Michael Golding.

Mr Golding nominated the town due to its farmers focused on adopting new technologies as a local industry and for taking a co-ordinated approach to growing agriculture.

"The flow-on effects from these technologies are filtering down to growers and farmers, resulting in increased animal consumption, improving their performance, and value," he explained.

Kapunda was originally among a list of 43 state towns, which included Angaston, Gawler, Greenock and Tanunda, before moving into the shortlist.

The township is now joined by other finalists Cleve, Langhorne Creek, Millicent and Renmark who each vie for the Ag award.

Mr Golding believes his town is in with a good chance, further highlighting how several co-ordinated initiatives at the town has worked to create better access for road trains, improving access to markets all over Australia and worldwide such as the Middle East and Asia

"Nothing can stop our farmers or growers either," he said.

"Even after the devastating Pinery bushfires in 2015, most were quick to get back on their fee with help from our local community.

"Collaboration on a national level ensures knowledge is shared and future generations can continue the legacy of agricultural in our wonderful region," Mr Golding added.

According to Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister Tim Whetstone, who visited Kapunda last week, the five towns have each showcased the diversity of their regions and agricultural activities - from farmland and livestock to wine, forestry, fisheries and horticulture.

"The stories of these towns really paint a picture of the agricultural innovation, diversity, leadership and community spirit that exists within them," Minister Whetstone said.

"It's now up to each of the five towns (to) illustrate why it deserves to be crowned the inaugural Ag Town of the Year."

The winning town will be crowned by an independent judging panel and announced at the South Australian Regional Showcase celebration event in October.