Looking forward to bigger, better festival

Nobody really knew what to expect from this year’s SALT Festival – not even the organisers.

Much of the discussion prior to the inaugural 10-day festival was about what SALT was and what locals and visitors could expect from this new concept.

The extensive program gave people some idea of what the festival would look like – although there was more being added right up until the festival kicked off and even during the festival – but it was not until the festival was underway that attendees, participants and the organisers started to see its full potential unfolding.

Next year people will know what to expect.

More of the energy can go into planning and perfecting the format and promoting the shows and events, and it already is.

This week’s launch will mark the official opening of applications for next year’s festival but there has already been plenty of work going on behind the scenes.

There have even been sneak peaks of shows planned for 2018.

The SALT Festival has already won awards and just last week it was a finalist for a South Australian Ruby Award. Perhaps as it becomes more established it will make it onto the winners’ list.

A big focus for the organising committee, apart from next year’s festival, is making it sustainable well into the future not just for the next few years.

This long-term view always been a focus; before the festival even had a name or took shape the Southern Eyre Arts Committee put a lot of effort into setting up the framework to ensure it was not just a once-off (or twice or three times). And after the success of the first festival and the anticipation for the second, this early groundwork will pay off.

RSPCA relocation relief

It would be a relief for many people, Happy Valley residents and Port Lincoln City Council staff and councillors to name a few, that the RSPCA has finally made the move from the controversial Happy Valley Road shelter to its new centre on Windsor Avenue.

It was a long, drawn out process with a number of different plans proposed and scrapped but eventually the patience of all parties paid off with a facility that retains an RSPCA presence in Port Lincoln and gives its former Happy valley neighbours some long-awaited peace and quiet.

It is a good outcome for the community and its animals.