Enews December 2016



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Economic and Business Development Initiatives

Building Better Regions Fund

The Australian Government Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supersedes the previous National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF). The BBRF puts high priority on projects which can clearly demonstrate the delivery of long term economic, social and community benefits, and the creation of new FTE jobs.  Read more....

Cape Hardy Port Development

RDAWEP, on behalf of Iron Road Limited, want to hear from parties interested in utilising the proposed port facilities at Cape Hardy for import and export purposes.  The port is able to accommodate grain and mineral producers and various other businesses, maximising benefits to the region.  To request a non-binding 'Registration of Preliminary Interest' document  visit www.rdawep.org.au

State Local Government Infrastructure Partnership

The State Local Government Infrastructure Partnership aims to create infrastructure that generates construction jobs and drives economic growth. Councils have until the end of February to lodge an application. Councils may seek support from RDAWEP; in particular for making the best case for projects to support long-term economic objectives, linking with key State plans and documents, […]

2017 SA Government Business Missions Calendar

The South Australian Trade Missions calendar for 2017 will help you in your planning for trips into key markets next year. Participating in these Missions can benefit you with Government support provided to build and foster international connections and partnerships. Accompanying the South Australia Government on a business mission in 2017 will provide the opportunity […]

Wash Plants Benefit Whyalla Economy

Whyalla contractors are benefitting from the construction of new wash plants at Arrium’s mining operations, which will see the injection of $25 million into the local economy. Work is well underway at the Iron Knob Mining Area in preparation for the arrival of the first of the plants early in the New Year. These plants […]

Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation

Grain Grower Donations The EP Community Foundation now has a National Grower Register (NGR) number, making it easy for growers to donate a small portion of their grain deliveries to the Foundation.  Such donations will become part of the Foundation’s corpus in perpetuity, so that earnings on the corpus can be distributed year after year as […]

Parliament Inquiry Seeks a Fairer Deal for Primary Producers

  Primary Producers throughout South Australia will have the opportunity to recommend to State Parliament what changes they believe are required to organisational and market structures to give them a fairer deal. Parliament’s Economic and Finance Committee has decided to undertake an inquiry into the current public policy settings for the organisational and market structures […]

Tourism Development

Cruise Season is Here!

The Port Lincoln cruise ship season has kicked off with the arrival of the Pacific Jewel on 5th December. Once again, the region turned on a great day for passengers and the streets were full of people.  The feedback from passengers is wonderful with many saying how beautiful the city is and that they are […]

Sea Star is here!

‘Sea Star’, the eagerly awaited new new vessel for SeaSA’s ferry service has arrived in Wallaroo, just in time for the Christmas/New Year period. Daily services will commence Friday 9th December, 2016 with the first sailing departing Wallaroo at 8am. Bookings can be made online at www.seasa.com.au or by calling 08 8823 0777. Bookings are […]

Understanding China - Update

Understanding China has been a real success with 850 people across the state participating in a range of workshops and meetings.
Based on the feedback from all participants, SATC have developed two new service delivery guidelines on WeChat and UnionPay. Read more......

Employment & Skills Development

Jobs First Employment Program

The first of RDAWEP’s Jobs First Employment Program applications has been successful. The project is a paid three month work experience program at the Iluka Resources Jasinth-Ambrosia site, including training in general on-the-job and selected surface mobile equipment (SME), for eighteen Aboriginal (Far West Coast Traditional Owner) jobseekers.  The primary objective is to establish a […]

New Training and Employment Program for Whyalla

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) and the Department of State Development (DSD) are bringing together the South Australian Government’s training, employment and skills initiatives and delivering the WorkReady Jobs First approach in Whyalla. Jobs First is a central element of WorkReady that enables the State Government to respond to job opportunities by […]

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Dementia Essentials

As part of Dementia Training Australia, Alzheimers Australia is pleased to offer the Dementia Essentials fully funded dementia specialist course at no cost other than your time.   Register by 22nd December, 2016. Read more.....

Action Learning 2017

"Strengthening Social Connections and Relationships of Older People and People with Disabilities - An Enabling Approach"
This seven-day course, held across six months, enables those who work in social support programs to foster better social and community lives.

Cert III in Individual Support (Disability)

Whyalla Services Providers are seeking suitably qualified staff as we move into 2017.
TAFE SA is offering Certificate III in Individual Support Disability commencing in early February with an information session being held in January.

Have your say..

Have Your Say on EP’s Water Demand and Supply

Review of the Eyre Peninsula Water Demand and Supply Statement The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) has initiated a comprehensive review and revision of the Eyre Peninsula Water Demand and Supply Statement. To complete the survey visit www.yoursay.gov.au by pm on Tuesday 31st January, 2017.  

Shape South Australia's mining future now

Contribute to shaping the future of our mineral resources and quarrying industries and have your say on improvements to our framework of mining laws. Read more....

Upcoming Regional Events

Ceduna Cup

Style and fashion take to the field when the Ceduna Cup comes to town. The locals on South Australia’s Far West Coast certainly know how to have fun, and they are more than happy to demonstrate the art to anyone who would like to make the trip to the races at Ceduna. Race day marquees […]

Port Lincoln Tunarama Festival

The Tunarama Festival began in 1962 as a celebration of the largest fishery in Australia. It combines many local traditions and festive events into the Australia Day long weekend each year. The Port Lincoln foreshore lawns and beautiful beach play host to live entertainment, family oriented events, market stalls and show rides. Highlights include the […]

For more upcoming regional events visit www.rdawep.org.au/events

Grant Funding Opportunities

Featured Grants

Building Better Regions Fund
Applications for Round 1 of the Australian Government Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) open on Wednesday 18th January, 2016.  This fund will see regional communities partner with governments and stakeholders to take full advantage of a range of economic and regional development opportunities that can make a real difference.

Whyalla Men's Shed Microsoft Refurbisher Program
The Whyalla Men's Shed is a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher which allows them to provide genuine Microsoft software on refurbished PCs for community citizens at very low prices.

Community Grants Hub
The Department of Social Services Community Grants Hub website offers information about grant opportunities for community services from the Department of Social Services (DSS) and other Commonwealth Agencies.

Volunteer Grants
The Australian Government is inviting organisations and individuals representing volunteer based community groups to apply for Volunteer Grants.  Applications close at 2:00pm AEDT, Tuesday 20th December, 2016.

John Wallis Foundation Small Grants Program
The 2017 John Wallis Foundation's Small Grants Program is focussed on disadvantage rural, regional and remote areas of Australia.  Projects need to demonstrate that they are addressing the relief of social and economic distress, and entrenched geographical disadvantage, through locally led action. 

Handy Links

Regional Development Australia - Whyalla & Eyre Peninsula Inc.

Port Lincoln Office

89 Liverpool Street,
Port Lincoln SA 5606
T: (08) 8682 6588
F: (08) 8682 5081
E: reception@rdawep.org.au

Whyalla Office

127 Nicolson Avenue,
Whyalla Norrie SA 5608
T: (08) 8645 7811
F: (08) 8645 1278
E: whyallareception@rdawep.org.au

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