Award puts seaside town on the map

Victor Harbour named Best Large Town in KESAB Sustainable Communities Award

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TEAM EFFORT: CEO Victoria MacKirdy with community group representatives from Victor Town Pride, Lions Club, Victor Harbor Football Club, RSL and Victor Men's Shed.

TEAM EFFORT: CEO Victoria MacKirdy with community group representatives from Victor Town Pride, Lions Club, Victor Harbor Football Club, RSL and Victor Men's Shed.

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This South Australian community has been named best large town.

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NESTLED on a wide, sandy arc of Encounter Bay, Victor Harbor has been the summer holiday choice for generations of South Australians.

And for retirees who need more of a nudge to make that permanent sea-change to the region, this this should seal the deal.

The City of Victor Harbor has been named Best Large Town in a sustainable communities award for the second year running.

As well as retaining the title of Best Large Town in the KESAB Sustainable Communities Award, the 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.

CUT: Acting president of SteamRanger Andrew McDonough and City of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp cut the ribbon to open the railway turntable. Photo: Victor Harbor Times

CUT: Acting president of SteamRanger Andrew McDonough and City of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp cut the ribbon to open the railway turntable. Photo: Victor Harbor Times

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

“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,” said Ms MacKirdy.

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 award was announced in Adelaide in September.

Causeway Granite Island, Victor Harbor, Fleurieu Peninsula. Photo: Australian Tourist Commission/Barry Skipsey

Causeway Granite Island, Victor Harbor, Fleurieu Peninsula. Photo: Australian Tourist Commission/Barry Skipsey

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

“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,” Ms Hammett said. 

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