The Coorong District Council has announced the winners of its Australia Day Community Event of the year award with Tintinara coming up trumps to be named one of the winners in the category.
In a one-of-a-kind event, the Tintinara community got behind the Dr Temple Grandin Event hosted by the Tintinara Regional Areas Development Enterprises Inc. (TRADE) group in July last year.
More than 120 volunteers invested time, gaining external funding and sponsorship to make it go ahead – attracting hundreds of people to the town, and some exceptional media coverage.
It took a huge amount of time and energy from community groups, and invested money directly back in to the community.
Dr Temple Grandin ran four information/education sessions, offering a unique opportunity for local farmers and other interested parties to lean from one of the global leaders in animal science and autism.
"The fact that these events where so well supported it shows that Tintinara people are willing to explore new idea, opportunities and possibilities,” said Deanna Dunbar.
The Australia Day Awards are proudly presented by the Australia Day Council of South Australia in conjunction with the Coorong District Council.
Mayor Neville Jaensch said the awards recognised outstanding contributions in the community in any number of areas, and was a celebration of the rural volunteer culture.
“This year’s winners are a worthy and inspiring mix of quiet achievers, proud local volunteers and exceptionally positive community events,” Mayor Jaensch said.
“Volunteers and community-run events make small communities like ours tick. Without them, our social capacity dwindles and opportunities for our towns to thrive can diminish.
“These awards are integral to recognising the exceptional people and events in our community. Our award winners and event organisers don’t volunteer for the accolades, but because they’re passionate local contributors – so this is a small ‘thankyou’ from the district.”
The awards will be formally presented at Australia Day celebration events.