Sundrop Farms 2016 Regional Awards

SUNDROP: Adrian Simkins and Greg McIntyre of Sundrop Farms collecting the hand-made, iconic glass pear trophy.

SUNDROP: Adrian Simkins and Greg McIntyre of Sundrop Farms collecting the hand-made, iconic glass pear trophy.

Sundrop Farms’ story of success continued recently, winning the 2016 Regional Awards Outback Sponsor’s Choice Award.

The announcement was made at the Celebration Evening on October 7 at the Central Oval Community Sporting Hub.

Sundrop Farms Managing Director Australia Steve Marafiote said they were extremely grateful for the award.

“Becoming part of the local community and making a meaningful contribution to Port Augusta and surrounding areas has been an important part of establishing our first facility in Australia,” he said.

“We thank the Port Augusta community and wider South Australian community for the way they have welcomed Sundrop Farms, particularly following the recent official opening of our Port Augusta facility.”  

Mr Marafiote said there are many successful businesses and groups making significant contributions to regional areas of South Australia, and Sundrop Farms is proud to be among them.

Hosted by ABC News journalist Khama Reid, the night was a great success, showcasing each of the top 10 finalists from the region and announcing the winners of the People’s Choice Award, Mayor’s Award and Sponsors’ Award.

Brand South Australia CEO, Karen Raffen, congratulated the winners for their success.

“The evening was a huge success and a great way to celebrate and showcase achievements from the Outback region.” she said.

Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock congratulated all the winners and finalists of this year’s Regional Awards.

“Our regions are filled with dedicated and passionate people, local community groups and businesses, and this program provides a great platform to recognise their achievements across the state.

“Regional South Australia is a vital part of the economic and social fabric of our state, contributing around $25 billion to the state’s economy.

“This is a remarkable achievement and I thank you all for playing a part in helping to build our regions.”

All winners received an iconic glass pear trophy, hand-made this year by regional artist Tim Shaw from Aldgate in the Hills and Coasts region. The trophy has become synonymous with excellence as part of recognising regional endeavour.