The top 15 regional stories are here!

By Lana Guineay

From outback towns to the rugged coast – our journalists have been unearthing the inspiring, intriguing, and industrious people and organisations making a mark in regional SA as part of the Regional Showcase.

From the top 30 most-read stories of the past year, there are three awards categories with a total of 15 winners: People’s Choice, Community Award, and a Business Award.

We asked for your help to decide this year’s People’s Choice winner. The public have now voted, and the recipient will be announced at an event in October, with mayors, local council representatives and regional VIPs in attendance – you can purchase tickets to join us and celebrate.

Want to know who is in the running? Check out the amazing 15 finalists below:

Braden Stockham
“We were told that he may never have fluent speech, he may never show emotion…but he does all of those now and many more.” 17-year-old Port Lincoln student Braden is an inspiration for most people his age, as an accomplished public speaker, tour guide, and ambassador for local autism support group. Read more>

Almondco
From Renmark to the world: this Riverland local exports almonds to more than 35 countries, making it one of Australia’s most successful horticultural co-operatives. Read more>

Princess Royal Station
Burra’s Princess Royal Station owner, Simon Rowe, was more than a little surprised when his black angus beef grabbed silver at this year’s World Steak Challenge in London… Read his story> 

Diesel and Dirt Derby
It began as a fundraiser for a struggling country show, and fast became one of the biggest events in regional SA: Keith’s Diesel and Dirt Derby. Read more> 

Farina Restoration Group
For eight weeks a year, the ghost town of Farina comes alive with the smell of baked bread. Read more> 

Frankie & Dandelion
When Tessa Kirk opened her Loxton fashion boutique, little did she know women from Adelaide would make the three hour trip to buy her handmade designs. Read more> 

Handpicked Festival
Fleurieu Peninsula’s Kate Cooper is putting Langhorne Creek’s Handpicked Festival on the map, with a winning combo of tunes, tasty food and wine, and handmade local wares. Read more> 

Hip Hop Bounce 
A thriving dance school with campuses in Port Pirie, Jamestown and Clare, Hip Hop Bounce employs ten dance teachers, offers 70 classes a week, and has around 500 students – getting the mid north moving. Read more> 

Leigh Creek Tavern
A former watering hole for thirsty miners, Leigh Creek Tavern in South Australia’s far north has bounced back to life with a new name and purpose, in a major vote of confidence for the town. Read more>

Prancing Pony
The Adelaide Hills’ boutique brewer has been galloping to success, with its India Red Ale named the best beer in the world. Read more> 
 
Robe Tourism Association
Four friends, one idea: promote their beloved local region, the Limestone Coast, to the world. Read more> 

South Australian Rural Women’s Gathering  
“When I walked into last year’s event, I didn’t know many people but I couldn’t believe the friendship and the camaraderie of all the women…” says Margaret Howie, part of the team bringing together women of all ages and backgrounds from regional SA. Read more> 

Sundrop Farms
A sustainable tomato farm relying on sun and seawater to produce more than 15,000 tonnes of fruit a year has been making it big in Port Augusta. Read more>

The Oyster Farm Shop, Kangaroo Island Shellfish
In the seven years since it opened its doors, the Oyster Farm Shop has been bringing KI’s fresh, sustainable seafood and quality aquaculture to the region – and beyond. Read more> 

Woodside Cheese Wrights
SA cheesemaker Kris Lloyd’s latest creation is “fresh, interesting, creamy… and has a little crunch”. Yes, it contains ants. And people love it. Read more> 

 

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These inspiring regional stories made possible by:

Major Partner
Primary Industries and Regions of South Australia (PIRSA)
Program Partners
Telstra
Bendigo Bank
Dr Jones & Partners
Uni SA
Return to Work SA
Thoroughbred Racing SA
Foodland
Seniors Card
Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Education Foundation of South Australia
Statewide Super
Major Media Partner
ABC Local Radio