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Victor Harbor's award winning Mainstreet Precinct

Mainstreet Precinct Award 2017

Fun, funky and fabulous. That is how the City of Victor Harbor’s Mainstreet Precinct was described when it took out the award for best public space and streetscape design at the Mainstreet SA Awards last week.

Stage 1 of the Victor Harbor Mainstreet Precinct project was completed last September following four years of planning, consultation and design. It has transformed the heart of Victor Harbor’s town centre into a public space which builds on the seaside town character and historical connections.

With a focus on functionality, accessibility, place and innovation, the design was inspired by the Southern Right Whale as a living icon for Victor Harbor and subsequently includes the creative use of paving, landscaping, drainage, art, lighting and furniture.

Implementation of the design delivers an adaptive, inspiring streetscape that encourages both congregation and safer access for all.

The digital art component of the project was highly praised by the judges, and one of the factors that set Victor Harbor’s entry apart from a field of strong competitors.

The accolade is testament to the outstanding collaboration between council, SA Government, WAX Design, Outside Ideas, mainstreet traders and the Victor Harbor community.

The Victor Harbor Mainstreet Precinct was also inducted into the Mainstreet SA hall of fame after receiving the title of South Australia's best regional mainstreet twice.

(Photo supplied by WAX Design / Evolved Images - Simon Vaughan)

Thank you and farewell to our Chief Executive Officer

Farewell Graeme Maxwell

After 23 years of dedicated service to the City of Victor Harbor and its community, council farewelled Chief Executive Officer Graeme Maxwell last week.

During Graeme’s tenure, the City of Victor Harbor has accumulated an impressive list of achievements including the delivery of major infrastructure projects such as the Ring Road, Civic Centre upgrade and Fleurieu Aquatic Centre, and has earned a reputation as an award winning council with national recognition on two occasions for outstanding collaboration.

On behalf of elected members, staff and the community, thank you for your service to Victor Harbor over the last 23 years and best wishes for the next chapter.

Incoming Chief Executive Officer Victoria MacKirdy commences with the City of Victor Harbor on 15 January 2018.

Victor Harbor Energy Expo - 13 November 2017

Victor Harbor Energy Expo - 13 November 2017

Victor Harbor residents will have an opportunity to learn how to reduce electricity bills at the City of Victor Harbor’s Energy Expo on Monday, 13 November 2017 at the Recreation Centre.

From 10am until 1pm, members of the community will be able to drop in and talk to local providers of energy saving and generation products and services, and listen to a number of guest speakers present on topics related to energy efficiency, cost effectiveness of solar and engaging with energy retailers.

Following the Energy Expo there will be a specialist session for high energy users. The session will provide tips and advice on how high energy consumers can manage their usage, and outline energy efficiency measures worth exploring.

The specialist session is targeted primarily at local businesses, who indicated in a recent survey that rising utility costs (particularly electricity) are a major constraint to their growth.

The Energy Expo has been developed in response to the impact rising electricity costs are having on both households and businesses in our community.

Visit to find out more.

Prepare for fire danger season

Prepare for fire danger season

It is your responsibility to make sure you and your family are prepared for fire danger season.

There are a few precautionary things you can do now to prepare, including:

  • Cut down grass and clear away any fallen branches or debris within 20m of your home
  • Clean leaves from gutters, roofs and downpipes regularly
  • Trim low-lying branches (less than 1m above ground)
  • Move flammable items well away from your home (including mulch and woodpiles)
  • Check that your first aid kit is fully stocked.

It is also important to prepare a bushfire survival plan and make sure all members of your household are aware of it.

Fire danger season for the Mount Lofty Ranges area, which includes the City of Victor Harbor council area, starts on 1 December 2017 until 30 April 2017. 

Visit for more information on preparing for the fire danger season.

Citizen of the Year Awards – Nominations closing soon

2018 Citizen of the Year Awards open for nominations

Nominations for the City of Victor Harbor’s 2018 Citizen of the Year Awards are closing soon.

If you know someone who makes Victor Harbor a better place, nominate them for an award today.

There are three award categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year.

The nomination process is really easy, and only takes a short amount of time to complete. Find out how to submit your nomination.

The nomination period will close at 5pm on Friday, 17 November 2017.

Fund My Neighbourhood - Make your vote count

Fund My Neighbourhood

Voting is now open for the SA Government’s Fund My Neighbourhood program, where the community chooses the projects they would like to see happen in their local area.

There are a number of project proposals for our council area, but to help them get funding you need to vote.

Watch the video tutorial on how to vote, and cast your vote today.

Regional SA Health Survey

Regional Health Survey

The UniSA Department of Rural Health wants to better understand the health needs of people living in your community. People over 18 years of age from rural and regional South Australia are encouraged to complete a survey about their health care needs and experiences.

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. It is voluntary, confidential and anonymous.

By taking part you will go in the running to win one of twenty $50 gift cards.

Complete the survey online at

Visit for more information about the project.

Thank you for supporting Anti-Poverty Week

Thank you for donating during Anti-Poverty Week

The City of Victor Harbor would like to thank everyone who made a donation to our food drive during Anti-Poverty Week.

Your generous donations have been provided to the South Coast Community Christian Care for distribution to those in need within our community.

Anti-Poverty Week is a national event that aims to raise awareness about poverty within the community and encourages people to think about what they can do to alleviate poverty and hardship.

The City of Victor Harbor is proud to support this initiative.

Advance notice – Christmas closure

The City of Victor Harbor’s principal office, library and depot will be closed on the following days over the festive season:

  • Thursday, 14 December 2017 from 12.30pm until 5pm; and
  • From Wednesday, 27 December 2017 until Monday, 1 January 2018 (inclusive).

It will be business as usual from Tuesday, 2 January 2018.

Next council meeting

The next ordinary council meeting will be held on Monday, 27 November 2017 from 5.30pm in the Council Chambers.

Please note the ordinary meeting for December will be held on Monday, 18 December from 5.30pm in the Council Chambers.

All ordinary and special council meetings are livestreamed via

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