City of Victor Harbor recognises its volunteers in winning KESAB award

City of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp with the KESAB award and celebrates with volunteers from Victor Harbor Coastcare, Town Pride Gardening Group, SA Whale Centre and council staff.
City of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp with the KESAB award and celebrates with volunteers from Victor Harbor Coastcare, Town Pride Gardening Group, SA Whale Centre and council staff.

The City of Victor Harbor was named South Australia’s Best Large Town at the 2017 KESAB Sustainable Communities’ Awards.

The City of Victor Harbor won the national award in 2013. The 2017 title of Best Large Town demonstrates a continued high standard across a wide range of council and community sustainability projects.

Judges highlighted the Victor Harbor Mainstreet Upgrade project, along with the Brandwood Reserve upgrade at Hayborough, town pride beautification program, Men’s Shed development, work of local environmental groups and the council’s role in delivering the Fleurieu Aquatic Centre.

“We are thrilled to receive this fantastic acknowledgement – it is a great reward for the continual hard work put in by our community,” City of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp said.

“The achievement would not have been possible without the collective efforts of council, the community, other stakeholder organisations, and most importantly the volunteers, who give up countless hours to make Victor Harbor even better.”

“A number of the programs and projects highlighted in the award submission rely on volunteer involvement and support. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 460 volunteers who contribute to a range of council programs and projects.”

Sustainable Communities judge and KESAB Community Engagement Programs Manager Alex Hammett  commended Victor Harbor’s consistent performance in the awards over the years.

“Victor Harbor has been an annual participant in the KESAB Sustainable Communities Awards and has had much success over the years, including being named the National Winner in 2013,” Ms Hammett said.

“Entering every year is a great benefit to both KESAB and council, as the submission becomes a yearly progress report on what is being achieved in Victor Harbor. For example, we have been able to clearly see the growth of projects such as the Mainstreet Precinct upgrade – from planning to consultation, then works to completion”

“Importantly, the City of Victor Harbor’s annual submission always includes a number of initiatives by local business and community groups, in addition to council led programs. This ensures that it is a whole of community submission.”

The award was presented to council representatives by Victor Harbor resident and former KESAB Board Member Andrew Jefferey.