Salt Festival bigger and better

Mr TRELOAR (Flinders) (15:28): I would like to talk today about an absolutely brilliant festival that had its inaugural outing in 2017. It is known as the SALT Festival, which is based in and around Port Lincoln. Unfortunately, the festival had to be cancelled in 2020 due to COVID, along with many other things in this state and right around the world, but it was back bigger and better than ever in April this year.

The SALT Festival provides a platform for artists and contributors to showcase their ideas and to interact. It is an opportunity to make connections across topics and genres to build a new and innovative community. SALT celebrates the impact of people converging through creative practice in arts, innovation, culture, conferences and discussion, providing platforms for innovators and professionals to contribute and connect. That covers just about everything, but what resulted was an absolutely jam-packed program over 10 days, from 16 to 25 April, and there was something for everyone.

I was not able to get to all events, obviously, but those that I did I enjoyed immensely. I do not want to pick favourites in what was a jam-packed program, but I think the real coup for the festival was being able to host the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Port Lincoln. They played two events at the Nautilus Theatre at Port Lincoln. The last time the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in its entirety visited Port Lincoln was in 1954, so that is some time between drinks as they say. Those who were able to get to that absolutely adored the performance.

The only one I was able to take active part in was the Kallinyalla Community Mural launch, which was on the final day of the SALT Festival. There was quite a long wall adjacent to the Kallinyalla nursery—of course, Kallinyalla is an ancient Aboriginal name associated with the Port Lincoln district—and it was decided to colour the wall up and tell some of the Dreaming stories from the local Aboriginal people. I was asked to contribute. I showed all my artistic flair and drew blue squiggly lines with a paintbrush and declared that it represented the ocean, so that was my bit.

An honourable member interjecting:

Mr TRELOAR: It was. It was amazing. I am going to congratulate all those who were involved with the event—the chair, Jack Ritchie; his committee; all the volunteers; the committee members; and all the sponsors. There was significant sponsorship. I will thank the Premier for his support in bringing the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra to Port Lincoln and also, for that event in particular, Roger Lang and the Lang Foundation because these things are expensive to run.

Also, I would like to thank all the artists—some local, some from further afield—who contributed and made their time available, and all the people from Lower Eyre Peninsula and beyond who attended the events because the events were really well attended. Of course, that contributes to the success of the festival. I am looking forward to next year’s already.

I would just like to take the last minute of my grieve time today to offer my condolences to the family of the boy who died so tragically in Port Lincoln in the early hours of this morning. I do not know all the details, obviously; they will come out over coming days and weeks. It is certainly a very tragic and unfortunate event. My condolences go to the family and also to the broader community in Port Lincoln, particularly the operator of the truck involved in the incident. It is unfortunate. I also acknowledge SAPOL, the emergency services and all those who were involved at the time and who continue to be involved. It is certainly going to have a big impact on what is quite a tight community in the City of Port Lincoln.


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  1. Emmalene Richards on May 18, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Should be able to connect the language words now to the Barngarla people by now Peter. Be great to actually see acknowledgement in using the words Barngarla people instead of genereralising the Aboriginal people. Kallinyalla is the Barngarla word for Port Lincoln, The Barngarla people are the traditional first nations Aboriginal people of Port Lincoln. Kallinyalla means place of sweetwater.