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Vote for Mypolonga as South Australia’s agricultural town of the year
The foodie capital of the Murraylands fell just short last year. Will they win the award in 2022?
Third time’s the charm – or so they hope at Mypolonga, anyway.
For the third year running, the River Murray town has been named a nominee in South Australia’s Ag Town of the Year awards.
The past two campaigns – including last year’s, in which Mypolonga was a finalist – gave locals a chance to show off their top-shelf produce and innovative approaches to everything from education to dairying.
This year they hope the voting public, and the finalists’ judges, will help them go one better and claim the win.
“The Mypolonga community has proven resilient in successfully adapting to drought, frost and COVID-19 restrictions, maintaining their market share and energy to explore new avenues,” the town’s award entry said.
“The community has evolved from a traditional orchard and dairy-farming soldier’s settlement into a boutique market town with an online presence.
“Mypolonga’s local primary school plays an educative role in business operations, running a local shop within the school where all students participate in budgeting, advertising and business operations.”
A total of 54 towns have been nominated for the award, with Karoonda and Meningie being the only others in the Murraylands.
A public vote will decide which five qualify as state finalists in August.
Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister Clare Scriven said the awards were meant to celebrate the contribution regional communities made to the state.
“Regional communities are the backbone of our state and the economic powerhouse, driving prosperity for South Australia,” she said.
“Industries in our regions contribute $29 billion to the state’s economy each year.”
The winning town will have a trophy and a welcome sign unveiled by Ms Scriven at a community event.
Vote in the awards: Visit solsticemedia.com.au/south-australian-agricultural-town-of-the-year-award before 5pm on July 25.
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