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2014 award winners
Category 11 Harry Dowling
Paul Thomas has always displayed a steadfast passion for tourism development and innovation, driven by a passionate belief that tourism is a key catalyst for significant regional economic, social and cultural growth. With a passion and commitment to regional tourism that spans well over 2 decades,Paul contributes significant personal time to the tourism industry and regional events. He is an advocate for development, preservation and restoration and has been innovative with campaigns to raise money for various tourism projects. With 19 years as president of the region’s biggest event, the Kernewek Lowender - Copper Coast Cornish Festival; 24 years as a local government councilor; 14 years as mayor; member of many boards, committees and community groups - we’re not sure how Paul has time to fit in his day job! Truly an outstanding individual and very worthy recipient of the prestigious 2014 Harry Dowling Award.
2012 award winners
Category 11 Harry Dowling Award
After moving to South Australia in 1971, Peter Tucker was introduced to the tourism industry when he built a 12 berth houseboat in 1986. Peter identified the need for the industry to take a more collaborative, professional approach to marketing and selling houseboat holidays and developed the ‘Houseboat Booking Centre’, which rapidly grew into a thriving business. Over the years, Peter’s desire to become more involved in the industry, led to his appointment as Chief Executive of the Houseboat Hirers Association in 1994 – a position he still holds today. With a passion for the houseboat industry that cannot be taught, Peter is dedicated to promoting the Murray River as Australia’s most iconic waterway. Peter serves on a number of public policy groups and has been an active member on a number of committees, associations and planning groups to help forge partnerships and foster positive working relationships between Government and private organisations. In recent years he has played a vital role as a positive spokesperson in times of drought and subsequent negative media coverage. Without the vision, leadership and commitment that Peter puts into organising cooperative marketing activities, the industry would not have become as united as it is today.
2010 award winners
Category 01 Tourist Attractions
Wheal Hughes Copper Mine is an underground modern tourist mine. Tourists become miners for the one and a half hour tour, wearing hard hats, cap lamps and boots. Volunteer guides provide a brief history of Cornish mining in the area and take visitors on a journey underground, providing information about the geology and mining techniques, and comparing the processes with the techniques of the past. This is a unique opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and smells of an underground mine and to understand what it is like to be an underground miner. There are plenty of special photo opportunities.
Category 02 Festivals and Events
Kernewek Lowender - Copper Coast Cornish Festival is held in the historic copper mining towns of Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo. The Festival is held over seven days with the highlight being 'The Big Weekend' which comprises of three large Fairs, the Village Green Fair, Fer Kernewek and the Classic Cavalcade of Cars. The festival is packed with a variety of traditional Cornish activities and other festival like events. Visitors can expect to experience Furry Dancing, Heritage Services, art, music, craft, formal dinners, Swanky, Cornish Pasties, live entertainment and much more. There is something for everyone at the Kernewek Lowender.
Category 03 Heritage & Cultural Tourism
From living in poverty to nationally accredited, South Australian Aboriginal Tourism multi-award winner. Looking at the landscape through Aboriginal eyes gives our guests a completely different perspective of the land. We share with our guests significant Dreaming stories and cultural sites of our country. We hope the landscape comes alive in their mind and they can understand and feel the story. From re-telling our Dreaming stories and performing cultural ceremonies, to the preservation of our environment and protection of our heritage and cultural sites, our aim is to take people on journey, not only physically but also spiritually, to a place where they have never been to before.
Category 04 Specialised Tourism Services
Minlaton Chocolaterie opened in June 2009 and is a very welcome addition to the town of Minlaton. The boutique style store offers fresh, tasty chocolates made in the region. Many of the ingredients used in the chocolates are grown, harvested and processed in the region giving a truly unique product to Yorke Peninsula. Owners José and Leanne Milhano strive to produce a quality product that is very pleasing to chocolate lovers. The rapid growth of the business is a direct result of the tasty range presented. Minlaton Chocolaterie certainly adds to the enjoyment of a visit to Minlaton.
Category 05 Visitor Information and Services
Yorke Peninsula Visitor Information Centre is a fantastic combination of visitor information and beautiful hand made creations. Facilities include: A comprehensive range of information about Yorke Peninsula, assistance with accommodation and tour bookings, regional tourism guides covering South Australia, internet access, souvenirs, postcards, historical publications, tearooms serving home baked goodies, fabulous local produce, gallery showcasing local artists, and a magnificent exhibition of high quality locally made crafts. Housed in a lovely heritage building, with the makers of the craft and produce assisting as volunteers, visiting our centre is a delightful experience.
Category 06 Fishing Charter, Tour and / or Transport Operators
Based out of Wallaroo, Yorke Peninsula running two fishing vessels. Offering fully inclusive packages and operating with a minimum of 5 to a maximum of 28 people. Our aim is to maximize our customers fishing experience offering every opportunity to “land the fish of your dreams”.
We have opened a shop in the main street of Wallaroo to cater for the tourists visiting the area and those individuals who would like to join with another group and experience the great fishing that this region is famous for as well as groups of keen fisherman wanting to chase “the big red”.
Category 08 Tourist & Caravan Parks
Port Broughton Caravan Park is a 4- star AAA rated, Accredited, Family Parks facility ideally set on the beautiful natural bay housing 236 sites and 22 cabins. Beautiful landscaping together with plenty of free activities for the entire family including swimming, tennis, volleyball, jumping pillow and play equipment as well as excellent fishing and crabbing opportunities make PBCP the ideal spot to relax and unwind. Situated at the top of the Yorke Peninsula, less than two hours drive north of Adelaide, PBCP is an easy drive from Kadina, Wallaroo & Port Pirie Port and is the ideal base to explore the Southern Flinders Ranges, Clare Valley and Burra regions.
Category 10 Deluxe Accommodation
Emaroo is a 4 ½ star entertainer’s delight, superbly equipped luxurious accommodation that can cater for up to 10 people. Spectacular living areas and games room, plus all the little extra touches to make your stay a memorable one. Guests can take advantage of the most unique deals available including professional catering, fish cleaning and charterboat cruises as well as exclusive discounts and packages with local tourism and hospitality providers. Emaroo is just a short stroll to the beautiful South beach, a five minute walk to the jetty and boat ramp and only 168km drive from Adelaide.
Category 11 The Harry Downling Award
Richard Davis’s passion and commitment to regional tourism spans nearly 40 years and he works at a national, state and regional level. He contributes significant personal time to the industry and is involved in more than 8 different boards and committees. Some for over 30 years – which is truly amazing! He works on policy with government for the benefit of all industry and is a respected leader in the caravan park and regional tourism industry. As an owner operator, he is willing to invest substantial amounts of his own money demonstrating a real commitment and confidence in the industry. Truly an outstanding individual and very worthy recipient of the prestigious Harry Dowling Award.