Stories about Point Malcolm lighthouse and 'Handpicked' shortlisted for Regional Showcase award.

LIGHT THE WAY: The only inland freshwater lighthouse in the Southern Hemisphere was lit for the first time in 85 years last October. Photo: Emma Simmons.

LIGHT THE WAY: The only inland freshwater lighthouse in the Southern Hemisphere was lit for the first time in 85 years last October. Photo: Emma Simmons.

Two tales about the region have been shortlisted for the 2017 Regional Showcase People’s Choice Award.

Lighthouse shines again since 1931by Andrew Spence tells the story of how the Point Malcolm Lighthouse, the Southern Hemisphere’s only inland freshwater lighthouse, was re-lit for the first time in 85 years last October.

Situated in The Narrows, linking Lake Albert and Lake Alexandrina, the lighthouse guided paddle steamers through the lower lakes of the River Murray from 1878 until 1931.

Mr Spence’s article details the lighthouse’s history, through to a special globe being brought in from Sydney for the historic lighting as part of Meningie’s 150th anniversary celebrations. 

Kate handpicks Creek’s next big thing by Lauren Ferrone outlines the success of Kate Cooper’s Handpicked music festival, which she has hosted at her family’s Lake Breeze winery over the past three years. 

Ms Ferrone’s article showcases Ms Cooper’s “family” mentality surrounding the festival’s organisation and how the festival rose to hosting high-profile acts including Birds of Tokyo and The Veronicas.  

Brand South Australia events and program coordinator Ruby Hannam said the program focus was changed to tell more stories of individuals, groups and organisations online, rather at seven events across the state.

“This is due to a lot of feedback saying that unless you were in the room you didn’t get to hear all the great things happening across the region,” she said.

“We’re taking nominations from the public all year round, and are commissioning journalists to write their stories.”

Brand SA is running an online vote of the top 30 stories to encourage the public to read and contribute.

The top stories across regional South Australia have been measured by reader popularity and are now available online for public voting. 

The story with the most votes will be the 2017 People’s Choice Award winner, announced at the state celebration evening on Friday 6 October in Whyalla. 

A Business Award and Community award will also be presented, and will be voted on by sponsors.

Brand SA chief executive officer Karen Raffen said the regions are such a vital part of the state.

“We are honoured to share these stories online throughout the year to our diverse audience,” she said. 

“The digital showcase format has achieved fantastic reach, especially with individuals and businesses sharing their stories across social media to spread the word on the great work they are doing.

“With the online voting now open, and readers having a say on who they think deserves to be recognised, we are looking forward to even broader engagement,” Ms Raffen said.

Voting is open now and closes on Thursday August 31. Votes are to be submitted through http://www.brandsouthaustralia.com.au/regionalshowcase.  

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