Friday, October 18, 2019

One of Mannum’s biggest annual events will continue to be major tourism drawcard after the Mid Murray
Council formalised its ongoing support this month.
The Council has committed to allowing the SA Truck and Ute Show to continue to use Randell Street and
Mary Ann Reserve for at least the next five years. The decision gives certainty to the event’s organiser, the
Mannum Progress Association, which runs the event as a community fundraiser and tourism attraction to
create an economic boost in the off-peak winter season.
Mannum Progress Association representatives met with Council elected members and staff after concerns
the 2020 event might be required to shift to the Mannum Showgrounds. This followed Council’s recent
changes to its event road closure policy, which were triggered by rising costs and increasing budget
Mid Murray Mayor Dave Burgess said the event was a favourite for many locals and visitors and Council
had been eager to continue its support.
“The SA Truck and Ute Show is a vital event that injects vibrancy into Mannum during winter when visitor
numbers are down,” Mayor Burgess says.
“Since its inception, the event has also been a valued opportunity for our local community groups and
clubs to raise funds to reinvest back into our region through improved services, facilities and programs.
Council’s five-year commitment to maintaining the event’s access to Randell Street and Mary Ann Reserve
will give the Mannum Progress Association the certainty it needs to secure the show’s future.
“Our community events play an important role in attracting visitors, maintaining vibrant and socially
connected communities and contributing to economic development.”
To reduce the cost to Council, the Mannum Progress Association has agreed to pay for traffic
management for the event, and will buy a traffic signage trailer to donate to Council. This trailer will also
be available to other local events throughout the whole Council area.
The first SA Truck and Ute Show was held on the June 2012 long weekend as a boost for local businesses
during the quiet winter period.
Over 5000 people regularly attend the annual event. The Mannum Progress Association also uses the
event as a major fundraiser, and it has contributed more than $45,500 to local projects thanks to funds
raised through the show since 2015. The event was also inducted into the Mainstreet SA Awards Hall of
Fame in 2017.