City scores place on board

PORT Lincoln has won a place on the new Aussie edition of Monopoly. 

The city was one of five South Australian locations up for inclusion, after Hasbro Australia invited the tourism office from each state and territory to nominate popular locations and attractions. 

Port Lincoln was nominated alongside Hahndorf, Flinders Ranges, Barossa Valley and Kangaroo Island.

Last year people from around the country were invited to vote for their favourite Australian destinations, with only 22 communities to be represented on the special new Aussie edition of Monopoly. 

Port Lincoln City Council mayor Bruce Green is in Sydney today at the Sydney Harbour YHA to attend the unveiling and launch of the new Australian Monopoly board game.

The Australian edition showcases Australia’s most popular tourist destinations as well as uniquely Australian-themed tokens, Title Deed Cards, Chance and Community Chest cards.

Mr Green said Port Lincoln, as the most liveable city on Eyre Peninsula, was proud to have a place on the board. 

He said as home to the iconic Tunarama event for 56 years and more recently host to the Teakle Auto Sprint and SALT arts and culture festival, Port Lincoln was also perfectly located to explore the natural beauty of southern Eyre Peninsula's National Parks and wild coasts.

"Almost 15,000 people call Port Lincoln home and many more enjoy our city's facilities, services and ambiance,” Mr Green said. 

“Thank you to all of those in our regional community who voted to help achieve our 'Monopoly' status!”

Mr Green said the Port Lincoln community had so many local and national heroes, from Dean Lukin, Kyle Chalmers and Jackie Hockaday to Sam Sarin, Dinko Lukin and Hagen Stehr making it an icon and deserving of a spot on the board game.  

He said the city also celebrated Makybe Diva on the foreshore of Boston Bay through the magnificent sculpture work of local artist Ken Martin.

"We welcome this exclusive recognition as an Australian Monopoly destination and look forward to the new Aussie edition makings its way into homes, locally and internationally,” Mr Green said. 

"No need to roll the dice, do pass go, come direct to Port Lincoln, the Seafood Capital of Australia," he said.

The limited Australian edition of Monopoly is set for release in July this year.