Whyalla’s Wilson Park upgrade has received high praise at the KESAB 2018 Sustainable Communities Awards.
Wilson Park shared the Overall Project Highly Commended honour with the District Council of Elliston and its waste transfer station project.
Whyalla and Elliston’s recognition effectively means they finished equal second to the City of Victor Harbor’s railway turntable in the council category.
KESAB Community Engagement Manager, Alex Hammett said the projects in Whyalla and Elliston couldn’t be split behind the Victor Harbor winner.
She also revealed that Whyalla was right up there in the running for Best Large Town.
“All three of these projects were very impressive and it was simply too close to call between Whyalla and Elliston,” Ms Hammett said.
“Whyalla put in another strong entry into the awards this year. Some standout initiatives included Wilson Park, the upgrades at Cuttlefish Drive, the Jim Pollock memorial at the Whyalla Wetlands and continued work on coastal erosion.
“Whyalla was up against a number of other councils for Outstanding Projects and, along with Murray Bridge, provided some tough competition for Victor Harbor in the Best Large Town category.
“Whyalla should be proud of the initiatives undertaken in the past year.”
Council CEO Chris Cowley proudly accepted the highly commended award at the KESAB presentation.
KESAB’s Sustainable Communities recognises positive actions taken by communities, schools, businesses and councils to protect their local environment, enhance their towns, and embrace sustainability.
“This commendation illustrates so much that is great about our community and our Council,” Mr Cowley said.
“This project to upgrade Wilson Park has involved the community and Council to produce a park that the whole city can be proud off.
“I’d especially like to thank all the Council staff involved...the passion and pride they’ve shown in getting the upgrade down has been remarkable.
“The Council work crews have been instrumental is getting this work done but there are so many people in the background – in our infrastructure department, finance, community, planning and more – that have also had invaluable input into making this happen.
“This award shows the whole of South Australia how Whyalla is moving forward as one.”
Ms Hammett said the awards highlighted the best examples of long-term sustainable practices in regional communities.
“Small, medium and large towns from across the state submitted entries into the Awards this year and the quality was high,” she said.
“The program is all about people getting together to contribute to a better place to live, work and play, to create a place where visitors are delighted to come, and locals want to stay.
“At the same time, it’s about protecting, conserving, managing and improving SA’s precious natural environment.
“The awards are a way of recognising and acknowledging the hard work, long hours, bright ideas, passion, enthusiasm and spirit of regional South Australians and their communities.”