Creating a successful mainstreet, precinct or town centre requires the skills, expertise and dedication of many individuals, organisations, businesses and groups, all working towards a common goal. Since 2012, through the Mainstreet SA Awards, Mainstreet SA has been recognising the great work being done to ensure that local streets, laneways, town centres and precincts continue to prosper as the social, cultural and economic hubs of their communities.
This year, for the first time, the Mainstreet SA Awards will be presented during the Mainstreet SA Conference, providing mainstreet makers in South Australia the opportunity to have their work recognised at the same time as they can also benefit from an inspiring, educational and interactive two-day conference program. This showcase event will bring together mainstreet makers from all around South Australia and provide unparalleled opportunity to learn, network and celebrate success.
Business associations, trader groups, Councils and event organisers across South Australia are invited to enter projects and initiatives in streets, laneways, town centres and precincts.
Entries are open during August 2019, with the winners to be announced at the Conference and Awards Dinner at one of Adelaide’s most unique event destinations, the historic and funky Published ArtHouse on Thursday 10th October 2019.
There are 9 Mainstreet SA Award categories as follows:
1. LGA Outstanding Partnerships
2. Littlehampton Clay Bricks and Pavers Public Space and Streetscape Design
3. Lot Fourteen Mainstreet Marketing
This Award recognises outstanding examples of the creative use of marketing and promotion (including print, press, signage, radio, TV and digital components) to successfully attract customers and raise the profile of the mainstreet, laneway, town centre or precinct.
4. Jensen PLUS Events with expenses under $50,000
5. Small Business Commissioner Events with expenses over $50,000
This Award recognises larger events, festivals, street parties and community events in mainstreets, laneways, town centre and precincts that provide benefits for businesses, sponsors and the community.
6. Helping Hand Best Market and/or Street Activation
7. Algo Mas Outstanding Contribution
This Award recognises the hard work by an individual who applies their time, knowledge, talents and skills to lead, promote and support programs and activities that enhance mainstreets, laneways, town centres or precincts.
8. Kelledy Jones Lawyers Best Regional Mainstreet
Sponsored by Kelledy Jones Lawyers, this award recognises the efforts of stakeholders in regional areas and towns to work together to improve their mainstreet and/or town centre for the benefit of local businesses, the local community and visitors.
9. Statewide Super People’s Choice
The People’s Choice Award recipient is selected by public vote from around South Australia based on outstanding loyalty and support by the community for the mainstreet, laneway, town centre or precinct. It recognises the best of the best as voted by the community.
As the recipient of the People's Choice Award in both 2017 and 2018, this year Stirling, Adelaide Hills will be inducted into the Mainstreet SA Hall of Fame.