Moyne Shire Council, Media Release, 29 October 2021
Port Fairy has claimed silver in Australia’s Top Small Tourism Town during a livestreamed event on Thursday 28 October.
Six small town finalists from across Australia have competed for the top honour, with Berrima, NSW receiving gold in the population of 5,000 or less category.
Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Daniel Meade, said that he was proud to see Port Fairy as a finalist in such prestigious awards.
“It was great to be recognised as Victoria’s best small town destination and to represent the state in the National finals,” said Cr Meade.
“This award belongs to our local tourism operators, businesses and all those in the community who have contributed towards an outstanding visitor experience and made our town so deserving of this commendation.”
“After a tough few months for local businesses during the pandemic, being acknowledged in these awards will come as a welcome boost for the entire region’s tourism industry.”
The inaugural awards were presented in two categories, with Port Fairy competing against other towns with a population less than 5,000 and Mudgee in NSW winning the award for the top tourism town with a population above 5,000.
“This award confirms what we already know – Port Fairy is a must-see destination, with beautiful surroundings, beaches, natural assets, events and activities,” said Cr Meade.
“But it’s also the community spirit and warm hospitality that draws people to Port Fairy, as one of the top small town destinations in Australia with outstanding visitor experience.”
“The recognition that this brings and opportunity for national exposure, is not only exciting for Port Fairy, but for the whole region who are set to benefit from this award.”
“I want to congratulate all finalists in the competition and thank our community for getting behind Port Fairy to celebrate what makes our town so special.”