Local communities are encouraged to put their names forward for a new award which aims to highlight the vital role agriculture and other primary industries play in regional communities.

Nominations for the Ag Town of the Year Award were opened yesterday by the State Government.

PPSA Executive Chairman Rob Kerin says the Ag Town of the Year Award is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the industries which make regional South Australia such a great place to live, work or holiday.

“I encourage all towns to come forward and share their stories about the ways in which they are growing and supporting primary industries in their communities,” he said.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone says the award recognises the innovation and diversity coming from South Australian country towns.

“Since announcing the formation of this award, we have received plenty of interest and I expect there to be strong nominations before the 15 February 2019 deadline,” Mr Whetstone said.

“An independent panel will assess the nominations received and select the top five towns to be profiled.

“From April to August, an ‘Ag Town of the Month’ will feature and be shared across the Brand SA News platform and through social networks as part of Brand South Australia’s South Australian Regional Showcase.”

Brand South Australia Chief Executive Officer Karen Raffen says she welcomes the new addition to the program.

“The Regional Showcase shares stories of regional success across our channels, to demonstrate to the world how fantastic regional South Australia is and the Agricultural Town of the Year Award adds a new element to this,” Ms Raffen said.

“We’ll be delving deeper into the stories of entire towns which are excelling in their primary industries practices and the impact this has on their communities and around the state.”

To access the guidelines for the award or to nominate, visit www.regionalshowcase.live

More information: Rob Kerin, 0439 933 103