About the program
Introduced as a new award in 2019, the Agricultural Town of the Year award recognises South Australian towns that are excelling in agricultural practices and the flow on effect they have on communities.
The Agricultural Town of the Year Award, proudly presented by the Government of South Australia and Solstice Media, highlights the vital role that agriculture plays in the regional landscape – being the backbone of most regional communities.
The program endeavours to provide an avenue where communities can learn from one another which will play a role in building capacity and increasing growth in regional South Australia.
2021 AgTown of the Year winner
The town is the local hub and is supported by a strong agricultural presence, including international manufacturing business Kelly Engineering. The Booleroo farming and social communities demonstrate a cohesive, intergenerational network, with growing opportunities and development.
The oldest copper mining town in Australia has transformed itself into a regional centre that supports the rural, farming community. It has fostered a culture of innovation that has resulted in greater production and increased productivity in agriculture and viticulture.
The farming town is now home to a number of thriving businesses, reflected by the local primary school’s business education role through its local shop where students participate in budgeting, advertising and business operations.
The Orroroo district has recently experienced one of the most severe droughts in history but has fought through it with innovative ideas, such as a tourism masterplan and the recent Despite the Dust Community Muster.
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