The Koonunga Agricultural Bureau was formed in 1928 and we are located in the northern Barossa region, with the Koonunga district being surrounded by the three nearby towns of Nuriootpa, Kapunda and Truro.
Our bureau currently has about 55 members, ranging in age from 15 to 80 years old and our monthly meetings reflect members’ diverse enterprises, which include viticulture, broadacre cropping, sheep, dairy and beef. Our meeting schedule also incorporates an annual crop and pasture walk, annual vineyard walk and annual day trip outside the region.
In 2017-18 our meeting topics included:
- Farm succession planning
- Solar energy technology
- Member gadget and invention evening
- Visit to Adelaide Brighton Cement, Angaston
- Sheep crutching and tool grinding demonstration
- Day trip to the Mid-Murray region (where we visited Thornbys Premuim Lamb feedlot, Bowhill Engineering and almond processor, Costa Brothers Hullers and Shellers)
- One day St Johns first aid course
In 2003, to celebrate the bureaus 75th anniversary, we published a 350-page book outlining the history and activities of the branch, including the history of the Koonunga district.
In August 2013, the Bureau launched the ‘Koonunga Sustainability and Biodiversity Project’. This project was implemented around Koonunga and its surrounding districts (Ebenezer, Moppa, Stockwell, St Kitts, Greenock and Kalimna) after it received grants from Caring for our Country, Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges NRM Board and the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. View the Summer 2014 Small Talk article on the Koonunga Ag Bureau’s sustainability and biodiversity project.
The Koonunga Ag Bureau’s monthly meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month and visitors are always welcome. If you are interested in attending or would like to find out further information about us, contact secretary Matthew Hampel (0419 841 493).
The topics for Koonunga bureaus monthly meetings in 2017-18 are here.