Three of the Clare Valley’s best organizations have been recognised as finalists in this years Brand SA Regional Showcase.
The Brinkworth Progress Association, Clare Valley Enterprises and Paulett Wines’ Bush DeVine Cafe have made the 15-spot shortlist after a vote from the public, sponsors, local councils and Regional Development Australia branches.
Over 5000 people cast their vote once voting opened on August 1 to narrow the shortlist down from more than 100 regional organizations.
From here, there are three awards to be won which will be announced at the state Celebration Evening on Friday 26 October at The Bend Motorsport Park.
These are the People’s Choice Award, and the coveted Business Award and Community Award.
Brand South Australia CEO Karen Raffen said that regional businesses and organizations continue to do incredible work in their communities which was evident by the volume of voters.
“This year’s program has once again highlighted success stories across all of our regions. The number of votes received shows that people are passionate about the great work happening in our regions,” she said.
“We look forward to celebrating the top 15 finalists, and announcing the People’s Choice, Business and Community Awards at the regional celebration evening in October.
“Tickets are selling fast, and we’re not surprised given the incredible stories shared for each region.”
Brinkworth Progress Association
Brinkworth is on the rise, thanks to the hard work of a dedicated group of locals.
The Brinkworth Progress Association has been pivotal in revitalizing the town after a large population decrease over the past decade.
The Overnight Stay on the corner of East Terrace and Edgar Street has proved to be a popular destination for travellers passing through the town, using it as a base to explore the surrounding areas and generate income into the local economy.
Other projects completed by the Association include the creation of the Pepper Tree Trail through the main street. The old railway tracks were converted into a cycle and wheelchair friendly trail.
A revised version of the Magpie Junction book, which details the town’s history, was launched last year after the work of the Association and the Brinkworth History Group.
Clare Valley Enterprises
With the opening of a brand new, state-of-the-art building in June, Clare Valley Enterprises expansion has allowed the organization to become the largest employer of people with disabilities in regional South Australia.
Operating in Clare since 1997, the former headquarters on Agnes Street was demolished last year to make way for the new building which is almost double in size.
This has allowed CVE to expand their number of employees to as much as 30. Along with sister-site Barossa Enterprises, over 100 people with disabilities have found employment with the organisation.
Manufacturing custom-made wine boxes for local wineries, pallets, crates and packaging, CVE gives its employees the chance to be independent.
Bush DeVine Cafe
Opened in 2015, Bush DeVine Cafe has added another element to the already renowned Paulett Wines portfolio.
Taking advantage of the bush garden that was planted on the property, Bush DeVine’s menu utilizes the produce to add a native Australian flair to their dishes.
The expansion of Paulett through Bush DeVine has been a welcome employment boost for the Clare Valley.
Employees in the Paulett family have risen from six to 30 in the space of four years with foot traffic to the cafe flowing on to the cellar door.
Further expansion is expected in the future, with a possible wine tasting space created to enhance the experience.