Coonalpyn awarded the SA Best Regional Main Street award

Silo art on Poytnz Terrace. Photo: Coorong District Council.
Silo art on Poytnz Terrace. Photo: Coorong District Council.

Coonalpyn’s Poyntz Terrace has been named South Australia’s best regional main street, however one councillor says there’s still much work to be done.

The announcement was made on Thursday night at the 2017 Main Street South Australia Awards, where the Coorong District Council took home two awards for the Creating Coonalpyn project:

  • Best Regional Main Street Award
  • Outstanding Partnerships Award with Country Arts SA

Mayor Neville Jaensch was delighted to accept the awards on behalf of the council, the Coonalpyn Arts Group, and Country Arts SA.

... the silo art looks fantastic, but it certainly doesn’t turn away from some of the dilapidated old buildings along the road.

Jeffrey Arthur

“We were up against much larger streets and towns like Rundle Mall and Victor Harbor, so we’re batting well above our average,” he said.

Parks ward councillor Jeffrey Arthur said while the award was “nice”, it felt like a hollow victory.

“There’s no denying that the silo art looks fantastic, but it certainly doesn’t turn away from some of the dilapidated old buildings along the road,” he said.

“I really for the town and its people, they’re going through a really hard time right now.”

As much as the awards might paint a positive picture for the town, more action needed to be taken to restore several disused buildings, Mr Arthur said.

“There a fair few old and disused buildings that really need work done on them, especially the big two on either end of the town,” he said.

Council chief executive officer Vincent Cammell did acknowledge that while this is some good news, the announcement comes at a challenging time for the community with the closure of the Coonalpyn BP.

“We are continuing to work with local people, businesses and other stakeholders to ensure there is alternative fuel access and ongoing tourism and economic growth opportunities; because awards like this reiterate the town is still well and truly alive,” he said.