Top honours for Diesel and Dirt Derby

PRESENTATION: Whyalla City Council Deputy Mayor Rick Santucci with Matthew Malthouse and Glen Simpson from the Keith Diesel and Dirt Derby.
PRESENTATION: Whyalla City Council Deputy Mayor Rick Santucci with Matthew Malthouse and Glen Simpson from the Keith Diesel and Dirt Derby.

Keith was among the winners of the 2017 Regional Showcase announced at the statewide Celebration Evening in Whyalla last Friday night.

The Keith Diesel and Dirt Derby were announced as winners of the Community Award on the night.

Keith’s Diesel and Dirt Derby began as a fundraiser for the town’s struggling country show and has grown to become one of the Limestone Coast’s most exciting events.

Earlier this year 10,000 people gathered to take part or witness country motorsport events including tractor pulls, buggy racing and a header demolition derby.

Hosted by Patrick Martin, the awards night was a great success, showcasing each of the top 15 finalists from across regional South Australia and announcing the winners of the Business Award, Community Award and People’s Choice Award.

Brand South Australia CEO Karen Raffen congratulated the winners for their success.

“The evening was a huge success and a great way to celebrate and showcase achievements from across the state,” she said.

The evening was a huge success and a great way to celebrate and showcase achievements from across the state.

Brand South Australia CEO Karen Raffen

“I’d like to thank everyone who was involved, including the nominees, our team of journalists, the finalists and winners as well as the general public for reading the stories and voting. Of course, this special program would not be possible without the support of the councils, sponsors and each of our partners, in particular, our major partner and sponsor Primary Industries and Regions South Australia.”

Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock congratulated all the winners and finalists of this year’s regional program.

“Our regions are filled with dedicated and passionate people, local community groups and businesses, and this program provides a great platform to recognise their achievements,” Mr Brock said.

“Regional South Australia is a vital part of the economic and social fabric of our state, contributing around $25 billion to its economy. This is a remarkable achievement and I thank you all for playing a part in helping to build our regions.”

All winners received an iconic glass pear trophy. The trophy has become synonymous with excellence as part of recognising regional endeavour.