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By MAX OPRAY
IT is a wrap for the 2014 Brand
SA South Australian Regional
Awards, with winners
announced at Regional Award
Presentation Evenings held across
the state in October.
There were a record number of
nominations this year -- the 2346
eclipsed last year's record of 1949
Brand SA chief executive officer
Karen Raffen was full of praise for
the calibre of entrants.
"It's great to see all of the hard-
working and dedicated people
who are making outstanding
contributions in their region and
to the state as a whole receive
the recognition they deserve," she
Prizes were awarded to notable
businesses and individuals work-
ing in a variety of capacities, and
the agriculture sector was one of
the strongest performers.
Each of the seven regions had
presentation evenings to recognise
achievements in the arts, small
and large business, community,
education, health, innovation,
regional food and wine, sport,
tourism and youth sectors.
Hills and Coasts
Of the seven regions, the Hills
and Coasts field was the most
competitive, with 597 nomina-
tions in total.
At the October 10 Mount Lofty
House presentation evening,
dehydrated fruit business Fruit
Wise scooped the Hills and Coasts
Telstra Small Business Award,
while the Fleurieu Milk Company
took home the Large Business
Award in recognition of its expan-
sion into new yogurt products.
Others recognised include
Woodside Cheese Wrights,
B.-d. Farm Paris Creek and the
Willunga Farmers Market.
The second biggest field, the
Murraylands and Riverland region
with 383 nominations, fought it
out at the Waikerie Hotel Motel
on October 21.
Glenview Poultry Farm won
the Small Business Award after
successfully negotiating the
national egg shortage this year,
while AlmondCo Australia
was recognised with the Large
Business Award on account of
the company's key role in mak-
ing almonds Australia's biggest
horticultural export product.
Yorke and Mid North
There were 321 nominations
for the Clare Sports Club-hosted
awards on October 28, with
Pangkarra Foods the winning
small business for its traditional
stone-mill grain operation.
Pangkarra was not the only
business in the grain sector to be
recognised, with Flinders Ranges
Premium Grain running away
with the Department of State
Development Innovation Award
for its cutting-edge development
of new varieties, including a
Record number of nominations
Dedicated awards for each area
Bridgett and Virginia Beal, Fruit Wise, Lobethal, accepted their Telstra
Small Business Awards for the Hills and Coasts area from Telstra's Mark
superior flour for frozen dough.
The Barn Palais in Mount
Gambier on October 24 played
host to the announcement of win-
ners from a field of 291 entries.
Blue Lake Milling won the
Large Business Award for carving
out a domestic and international
presence for its premium oat and
Naracoorte Regional Livestock
Exchange took home the
Department of State Development
Innovation Award for the installa-
tion of a roof over the cattle selling
pens that captures stormwater,
along with a wastewater treat-
ment plant and a state-of-the-art
weighbridge and leadup yards.
Whyalla and Eyre
There were 284 nominations in
competition at the Port Lincoln
Hotel on October 1.
Pope's Honey won the Food SA
Regional Food Award for turning
its honey production operation
into a tourist attraction, and for
developing strategies to ensure
that bees are established on farm-
ing properties across the region.
On the night of October 7 at the
Gawler and Barossa Jockey Club,
280 entrants were filtered down
to 13 category winners, including
Barossa Heritage Pork as the Food
SA Regional Food Award winner.
Kalleske Wines took out the
Regional Wine Award.
At the Roxby Leisure Centre on
October 15 it might have been the
smallest field of competitors in
play, with 190 nominations, but
there was still plenty of quality to
Sundrop Farms won the Food
SA Regional Food Award in rec-
ognition of its ground-breaking
efforts to grow food in one of
the driest regions in the world,
via an innovative solar-powered,
seawater-fed greenhouse system.
Michelle Reynolds won the
Leukaemia Foundation Youth
Award for her work with the
Station Stays Group, Blinman
Progress Association, Executive
Committee of the Flinders Ranges
Tourism Operators Association,
Hidden Treasures Development
Group and the Wilpena CFS
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