The co-creators of children’s education character George the Farmer have taken out the top gong at the 2016 Brand SA Limestone Coast Regional Awards.
Simone Kain and Ben Hood collected the Mayor’s Choice award for their agricultural-themed children’s cartoon during the celebration event on October 12, at Mount Gambier’s The Barn.
The Sponsors’ Choice award went to Generations in Jazz, and the People’s Choice award went to Ockert le Roux Photography.
Hosted by ABC South East’s Selina Green, organisers said the night was a success, showcasing each of the top 10 finalists from the region and announcing the winners of the three awards.
George the Farmer’s Ben Hood praised Brand SA and The Barn for putting on “a fantastic night”.
“It was great to catch up with our mates from around the region who are doing some awesome things,” Ben said.
“We seriously did not expect to win the Mayor's Award, we were just pumped to be a finalist and we had our money on Ockert le Roux's Photography to take out the main awards because both Simone and I are huge fans of Oki's work.
“To be recgonised with the Mayor's Award for our region is an amazing pat on the back for the work we are doing with George.
“Both Simone and I love the Limestone Coast, having grown up on farms in the region, and for George the Farmer to be recognised as a business that represents the region is a huge honour for us.”
Brand South Australia CEO Karen Raffen congratulated the winners on their achievements.
“The evening was a huge success and a great way to celebrate and showcase achievements from Limestone Coast,” Karen said.
“I’d like to thank everyone who was involved, including the nominees, our team of journalists, the finalists and winners as well as the general public for reading the stories and voting.
“Of course this special program would not be possible without the support of the mayors, sponsors and each of our partners, in particular, our major partner and category sponsor Primary Industries and Region South Australia.”
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.