Recognition for Kimba with award win at the 2020 Grey Nomad Awards

AWARD: The Kimba Recreation Reserve won the Best Grey Nomad Council Free-stay award at this week's 2020 Grey Nomad Awards. Photo: Supplied
AWARD: The Kimba Recreation Reserve won the Best Grey Nomad Council Free-stay award at this week's 2020 Grey Nomad Awards. Photo: Supplied

There was a celebration for Kimba as the town picked up gold at the 2020 Grey Nomad Awards.

The awards ceremony, hosted in Queensland on Tuesday, saw the Eyre Peninsula town come away with the Best Grey Nomad Council Free-stay award for the second year running for the Kimba Recreation Reserve.

Kimba got the gong ahead of the Nindigully Tourist and Visitor Area in the Balonne Shire in Queensland.

"For the second consecutive year, this free-stay campsite offers free non-powered camping with access to toilets, coin-operated showers, potable water, bins and is pet friendly," the Grey Nomad Awards website said in salute of Kimba.

"Owned and operated by the District [Council] of Kimba, the campground is adjacent to the Roora Reserve Walking Trail with its memorable metal sculptures of native animals leading to the Whites Knob Lookout."

Kimba mayor Dean Johnson said it was terrific for the town to win the award once more.

"It is very rewarding to be named the best camp site," he said.

"We've won it for the past two years and importantly too we are doing major upgrades that don't form part of these awards - once our new camp kitchen gets finalised it will be even better."

Mr Johnson said this award showed how Kimba was welcoming and open to visitors.

"It is a reflection of our community and how welcoming we are to visitors to our town and region," he said.

"It is really important for locals to make sure visitors feel welcome and I think our community is proud of the camping area we have.

"Comments left by our visitors reflect that."

Kimba also had previous success at the Grey Nomad Awards, having won the 2019 Best Grey Nomad Volunteer Program or Project award for the Kimba Grey Nomad Program.

Kimba was also in the running for an award at the 2020 Australian Street Art Awards, held on the same evening.

The town's silo mural was nominated in the Best Mega Mural category, but missed out on the award.

There were two South Australian towns in the top three, with Quorn in second behind winner Karoonda.

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