• Jason Regan

Kingston Council named as finalists for two national awards

The Kingston District Council has been named as a finalist in the 2021 Australian Street Art Awards and the 2021 Grey Nomad Awards.

South Australia’s first augmented reality mural, Wind Dance’ by artist Sarah Boese, has been shortlisted for the 2021 Australian Street Art Awards’ Best External Mural gong.

Awards Director Liz Rivers said the awards inform travellers about the magnificent array of publicly-accessible art that can be found in every corner of the country.

“Investing in outdoor art as a visitor attraction is also clever economics, as the art is typically less expensive to create than more traditional tourist attractions and the pay-off is handsome,” Ms Rivers said.
"Smart communities promote their street and outdoor art as a unique landmark – an attraction that visitors can see in only one place - and that makes their destination immediately identifiable, highly attractive and a drawcard for art-loving tourists."

The winners in all 11 Australian Street Art Awards categories will be announced as part of an online celebration on 4 March.

In more great news for the town, the Kingston Walking Trails have been shortlisted in the 2021 Best Grey Nomad Trail category.

The award judges found the walking trail provided an exceptional experience for visitors aged over 50 despite 2021 being one of the hardest tourism years in Australia’s history.

Awards Director, Kim Morgan, said the Grey Nomad Awards shine a light on regional Australia by rewarding organisations and destinations that cater to mature age visitors in an exemplary way.

“In this way, the Awards are fostering a better lifestyle for over 50s by providing information that will guide their decisions on where to travel safely,” she said.

The Grey Nomad Awards are judged by mature-age tourism professionals, some of whom have experienced the grey nomad lifestyle personally.

The judges congratulated the District Council of Kingston, saying they loved that these trails all link, have sensor activated solar lights and that Council provides a state-of-the-art trackway to the beach in summer to make access easy for anyone with mobility issues.

An online awards ceremony will be held for the Grey Nomad Awards on March 4th.