Solstice Media is proud to celebrate regional success with the Regional Showcase program in its 21st year.
This year it will be much more than a celebration of our country communities.
This year we will be reporting on and from the regions to not only ensure these important stories are told but also ensure that vital regional journalism isn’t further diminished by the stark commercial realities facing all of us.
Each week we will bring our readers regional news stories that matter as well as some inspirational tales of individuals and communities doing what country people do best – having a go.
We will compile these stories and then later in the year and we will celebrate the best of South Australia’s regions at a special showcase event.
Solstice Media connects our valued regions to the rest of South Australia through sharing the stories across all of our mastheads, including InDaily, CityMag, SALIFE and The Lead South Australia.
To ensure there is an even spread across the state, the regions counted as part of the program follow the Local Government Association of South Australia boundaries. View the boundaries map here.
People’s Choice Award
Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary
Our story about Mylor’s rejuvenated Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary was the clear winner in voting from the public. The sanctuary, which closed in 2013 after a long and celebrated history, was reopened in 2018 by David Cobbold and Narelle MacPherson who saw an opportunity to “reinvigorate a national treasure”. Since then, it has attracted thousands of visitors to the Adelaide Hills to learn about local wildlife and the environment.
Port Augusta’s desert botanic garden flourishes with community spirit: the story of how volunteers have helped to make the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden a must-visit attraction.
The man who took on Mt Gambier’s tower in the clouds: the story of how travel agent Ben Deering has brought back to life the town’s closed Centenary Tower.
Yorke Peninsula Fat Farmers
What began as a trio of Yorke Peninsula farmers deciding to take better care of their physical and mental health, has grown into a movement across regional South Australia. The Fat Farmers initiative recognises that farming is a tough life and, for some, can be isolating. The cheekily named initiative is becoming an increasingly popular avenue for farmers to exercise together, socialise and connect.
Tatiara Work Centre fights social isolation with homemade goods: The 50-year-old Tatiara Work Centre acts as a meeting point for the local community, fighting social isolation with homemade goods.
Business award winner
For 40 years, Bowhill Engineering has been employing locals, growing from a small steel fabrication and construction business to a leading specialist in heavy and complex structural steel fabrication. From its home base on the banks of the Murray, It has worked on some of the state’s biggest infrastructure projects including the Darlington upgrade.
Migrants and ‘Masterchef effect’ contribute to herb grower’s success: Holla Fresh in Tantanoola is one of the Limestone Coast’s quiet achievers, with the hydroponic herb business going from strength to strength.
Agricultural Town of the Year
With a rich agricultural history, the Eyre Peninsula town of Cleve has remained tight-knit as it tackles a sustained drought. Through creative farming practices and initiatives to support wellbeing, the community continues to punch well above its weight as a driver of agricultural innovation.
The inaugural Agricultural Town of the Year Award, supported by Primary Industries and Regions SA, attracted entries from across the state, with a six-person independent judging panel assessing five finalists – Cleve, Langhorne Creek, Millicent, Renmark and Kapunda.