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Victor Harbor is the 'best large town' again!

2018 Best Large Town Award - KESAB Sustainable CommunitiesFor the second year running the City of Victor Harbor has been named the ‘Best Large Town’ in the KESAB Sustainable Communities’ Awards.

The awards, which celebrate the sustainable actions, practices and achievements of Australia’s regional and rural communities’, were announced on 26 September at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

As well as retaining the title of Best Large Town, the City of Victor Harbor took out the most outstanding council project for the development of the Railway Turntable site.

Located on Eyre Terrace, the Railway Turntable site underwent a dramatic transformation from a once desolate and dusty vacant block to an inviting public space that pays tribute to Victor Harbor’s rich railway heritage.

City of Victor Harbor Chief Executive Officer Victoria MacKirdy said Victor Harbor is deserving of the best large town title.

“Victor Harbor has been a consistent performer in this award program over a number of years,” said City of Victor Harbor Chief Executive Officer Victoria MacKirdy.

“There are many great programs and initiatives occurring within our community that contribute to making Victor Harbor one of the State’s best towns, and these accolades are proof of that.”

In naming Victor Harbor the best large town, the judges particularly highlighted larger projects such as improvements to the Encounter Bikeway, Lions Park upgrade, Victor Harbor RSL and Football Club sporting complex development and construction of the new men’s shed. They also noted the continued work of groups like town pride gardeners and family history group that play an important role in creating a sense of community in a large town like Victor Harbor.

The Railway Turntable development was a standout project, with judges commenting on the superb execution of the project to create an excellent new public space.

KESAB Community Engagement Programs Manager Alex Hammett said the City of Victor Harbor had been an annual participant in the KESAB Sustainable Communities’ Awards and has enjoyed much success.

“Entering the awards each year provides a yearly progress report for both KESAB and council. Victor Harbor has showcased its annual achievement again as part of the Sustainable Communities Awards submission, and what a year it has been!” said Ms Hammett. 

“Victor Harbor's submission not only included council projects but also initiatives with community, schools and other organisations and this is why it was chosen as the best large town. The submission captured the sense of community and the common motivation to make Victor Harbor a great place to live, work and play.”

“On behalf of the City of Victor Harbor I would like to thank all of those volunteers and community organisations that dedicate so much time to making Victor Harbor even better,” said Ms MacKirdy.

View the City of Victor Harbor's submission below:
KESAB Sustainable Communities Award Submission - City of Victor Harbor(8506 kb)

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