Kimba Takes Home Two National Grey Nomad Awards!

Cr Graeme and Heather Baldock

Congratulations Kimba

For a small town located halfway between Sydney and Perth, Kimba certainly aims high. They have an innovative Grey Nomad program that not only helps the community, but also gives grey nomads an opportunity to become involved in local activities and help out by volunteering.

We’ve been sent a Media Release….and it is exciting news for the town! They’ve won two Awards for their program.

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2019

Kimba Takes Home Two National Grey Nomad Awards

Kimba has won two titles at the inaugural Grey Nomad Awards.

The 2019 Best Grey Nomad Council Free-stay Campsite went to the District Council of Kimba in the for the town’s Kimba Recreation Reserve campsite.

This was quickly followed by a win for the Kimba Community Development Group Inc’s Grey Nomad Volunteer Program in the 2019 Best Grey Nomad Volunteer Program or Project category.

The Grey Nomad Awards recognise communities, tourism operators and events that provide exemplary products, services or experiences for travellers aged over 55. The program expands the appeal of Australian towns and regions, encouraging these travellers to see Australia while supporting positive aging through soft adventure and social inclusion.

Mustard coloured Kombi van beside a lake
Photo: Kevin Schmid

Kimba District Councillor, Graeme Baldock,  proudly accepted the Council’s honours and Kimba Community Development Group Chair and Grey Nomads Volunteer Program Coordinator, Heather Baldock, was delighted to accept the Best Volunteer Program Award.  Mr Baldock said “Both projects complement each other very well and have certainly boosted significantly the number of visitors staying in our town”.

Grey Nomad Awards Director, Kim Morgan, said “Kimba should be very proud of these two wins – they’re national recognition of the amazing community spirit that thrives in the town and surrounds”.

“Winning a Grey Nomad Award says to mature-age travellers that you offer a superior experience where their needs and enjoyment have been taken into special consideration, providing them with verified information that will guide their decisions on where to travel and what to experience,” Ms Morgan said.

Painted silos with a crane on a truck in front of it.
Photo: South Australian Tourism Commission

Judging was conducted by mature-age tourism and event professionals from around Australia, some of whom had experienced the grey nomad lifestyle, lending weight to Kimba’s success.

The criteria focussed on the way the things that long-haul overland travellers seek, such as authentic experiences, comraderie, reliable mobile reception, easy access to eating and shopping places, well-appointed amenities, and great customer service. “The towns and organisations behind the winning entries showed clear evidence that they take this visitor segment into consideration in their planning and offerings,” Ms Morgan said.

The judges said the standout aspect for the Council Free-stay Campsite category was that the reserve not only offers many things that commercial van parks do and is on the town doorstep, but that the reserve’s recreational facilities were also available to visitors.

Man sitting down at a table working in a shed with an old tractor behind him.
Grey Nomad John

“Our level of awe grew further when we realised that Kimba has developed a volunteer program that cleverly offers power at this mostly non-powered Recreation Reserve in return for volunteer labour, creating the ultimate win-win situation for the town,” the judges said.

Lady in an old shop behind the counter with a feather duster in her hand
Grey Nomad Janette in the Kimba Museum

South Australia scooped the Awards pool, taking home five of the eight category Awards. Other winners were:

Congratulations to other Winners:
The award categories:

*Best of the Best: Parkes Elvis Festival, Parkes, NSW
*Best Grey Nomad: Council Free-stay Campsite Kimba Recreation Reserve
*Best Grey Nomad Commercial Campsite: Yorke Peninsula Council Bushcamping
*Best Grey Nomad Community Campsite: Berri Riverside Holiday Park
*Best Grey Nomad Festival or Event: Parkes Elvis Festival
*Best Grey Nomad Small Caravan Park: Yorketown Caravan Park, South Australia
*Best Grey Nomad Large Caravan Park: Queens Beach Tourist Village,  Bowen, Qld
*Best Grey Nomad Volunteer Program or Project: Kimba Community Development Group, Grey Nomads Volunteer Program, South Australia
*Best Grey Nomad Attraction or Tour: Busselton Jetty, Western Australia

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