Enews May 2017


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Economic and Business Development Initiatives

RDA Committees endorsed in the 2017/18 Federal budget

Regional Development Australia committees received endorsement with ongoing funding confirmed for the next four years within the Federal Budget. On 9 May 2017, the Australian Government released the Regional Ministerial Budget Statement Regional Australia – Driving our Economy 2017-18. The statement outlines over 450 measures that benefit regional Australia across health, education, employment, defence, infrastructure, telecommunications, […]

Eyre Peninsula NRM Plan 2017-2027

After three years of extensive engagement with the Eyre Peninsula community, the regional Natural Resources Management (NRM) plan was endorsed by the Minister of Environment and Conservation on the 1 May 2017. The regional NRM plan comprises of two documents, the strategic plan and the business plan.  The strategic plan sets the direction for businesses, […]

Backing Small Business – Creating Jobs, Opportunity and Growth

The Department of Treasury has released a  handbook of the support programs and advice that the Australian Government and its agencies provide for small business. The Backing Small Business handbook covers topics relevant to small businesses ranging from tax reforms and simplification, cutting red tape, employment and training, to supporting regional small businesses and exporting. Copies […]

How to benefit from the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement – Small Business Workshop

The Australian Centre for Asian Business at the University of South Australia has been appointed by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) to conduct a range of information and training workshops to assist small business to understand and explore business opportunities with China as a result of the recently signed Free Trade Agreement between […]

Regional Jobs and Investment Packages (RJIP)

The Regional Jobs and Investment Package for the Upper Spencer Gulf region in South Australia is a $20 million investment by the Australian Government to help diversify the regional economy, stimulate economic grown and deliver sustainable employment in the region. The program’s intended outcomes are to drive economic growth and create jobs by investing in […]

Scams cost businesses $3.8 million in 2016

Have you received an email or a call out of the blue from someone asking for money or sensitive information? The ACCC is warning small businesses to be vigilant and protect themselves from scams. In 2016, businesses reported losing $3.8 million to scammers, with small businesses accounting for over half of the money lost. The […]

Tourism Development

SA Regional Tourism Strategy

Staff from RDAWEP, EPLGA and EPNRM met with the SATC senior executive group to progress a new Regional Visitor Plan. Tourism currently employs approximately 3000 people across this region.  The new evidence based plan will assist the industry to grow jobs and investment based upon an improved understanding of regional needs and shared prioritisation across […]

Whyalla Tourism Focus Group

Whyalla Tourism Focus Group is the formation of a group of Hoteliers and Moteliers interested in hospitality and jobs in Whyalla and are concerned with keeping job prosperity within the town. The hospitality industry jointly employs more than 500 individuals in Whyalla with a flow-on effect to a range of local businesses.  Accommodation venues in […]

Happy Trails for Elliston

The Eyre Peninsula is blessed with landscapes which naturally invite us into the outdoors. Our trails connect people with these wonderful natural landscapes, improving our physical and mental health.  Eyre Peninsula’s growing trail achievements continue to fuel our reputation for adventure and recreation. The Elliston Coastal Trail was officially opened on 7 May 2017. The […]

Trans Australian Railway Centenary

The centenary of the linking of the Trans Australian Railway line will occur at 1.45pm on Tuesday 17th October 2017.  The celebratory event is being held on the southern side of the railway line, approximately 4kms west of Ooldea.   The event will include a range of people speaking about the importance of railway heritage […]

Have Your Say

EP Roadside Vegetation Management Plan

Community input sought Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula, in conjunction with the EP Local Government Association and local EP Councils are currently developing a roadside vegetation management plan for Eyre Peninsula. The plan intends to assist Councils to manage and maintain road verges to allow for the safe passage of vehicles, including cutting back or removal […]

Award Opportunities

2017 State and Territory Landcare Awards

Held since Landcare’s inception, the Landcare Awards acknowledge and celebrate local Landcare achievements at state and territory and national levels, all across Australia. Nine diverse categories showcase the achievements and history of Landcare and Coastcare, and above all recognise the invaluable contribution of tireless volunteers to both initiatives. If you are involved in protecting or […]

Telstra Business Women’s Awards

Entries for the 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Awards are now open and close on 15 June 2017. For over 20 years, the Awards have shared and celebrated the stories of brilliant business women, inspiring a nation in the process. From all walks of life, these women have been celebrated for their remarkable spirit, achievements and […]

Nominations for the 2017 Resilient Australian Awards are now open!

Could you be a winner? Are you aware of or have been involved in a project or initiative that makes the community safer, stronger, more resilient and better prepared to manage any emergency situation? What have you achieved that may inspire and benefit other communitites? The 2017 Resilient Australia Awards may be the perfect way […]

2017 South Australian Community Achievement Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2017 South Australian Community Achievement Awards!  The Awards are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout South Australia. Do you know an individual, group or organisation who deserves to be recognised? We would love for them to be nominated! Perhaps you’d […]

Community Development

Fuel for Volunteers

Expression of Interest Open for Coastal Communities Eyre Peninsula organisations that have volunteers involved in driving as part of their voluntary work are encouraged to apply for the latest round of Fuel for Volunteer grants being offered by the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation in conjunction with BP & Statoil. The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation and […]

EP Book Bazaar

The Book Bazaar was established in Port Lincoln in 2013 as an ongoing fundraising arm of the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation.  The bookshop is staffed by an enthusiastic team of over 60 volunteers.   It accepts donations of books, DVD’s, CD’s, LP’s games and puzzles in good, clean condition for resale.  New books from local Eyre […]

Upcoming Training Opportunities

TAFE SA Happenings across EP and Whyalla

Short Courses on offer at TAFE SA: How to manage your money, Child Safe Environments, Provide First Aid & Provide CPR.
Certificate II or III in Women's Education.
Licensing units for the trades.

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NDIS Eyre Peninsula

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is coming to the EP from January 1, 2018.
RDAWEP and NDIS are holding FREE information sessions to inform you about what it is and employment opportunities.
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Upcoming Regional Events

Australian Salmon Fishing Championship

The Australian Salmon Fishing Championship is held annually on the West Coast of Eyre Peninsula.  The competition is in its 23rd year and has proven to be a huge success with many fishermen (and women!) coming back to the area each year. The heaviest salmon caught in June, July and August will receive $1000, the […]

Farming Together 2017 National Forum

The Farming Together National Forum will take place at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Tuesday, June 6th 2017. Got a vision for an ag-collaboration?  Want to take your idea further?  Meet like-minded people, hear first-hand experiences and learn from experts – for FREE! Alan Crabbe, CEO of Pozible, Australia’s largest crowd-funding platform, will talk about […]

2017 SATIC Tourism Conference

The conference will facilitate the continuous development of a dynamic, innovative and competitive tourism industry, providing delegates with an insight into the forces that will shape the direction of tourism into the future. An unmissable program of compelling plenary speakers and in-depth masterclasses and workshops. 6 & 7 June 2017 Stamford Grand Adelaide | 2 Jetty Rd, Glenelg […]

Free Webinar: Learn how to reduce energy and water costs at your club

This webinar is designed to assist sport and active recreation clubs to reduce their energy and water costs, and impact on the environment, and to provide information about suitable funding options for sustainable upgrades. After the webinar each participant will be sent a copy of the Environmental Sustainability Guide for Sport and Recreation Clubs, which […]

Supplying to Government Workshop in Whyalla

Do you want to be involved in the Housing SA $3.4 million Stimulus Package in Whyalla? This is a great opportunity to come along and learn more on how your business can be involved with Housing SA’s $3.4 million housing maintenance project in Whyalla. Hear from Trade Maintenance Direct and Housing SA representatives on how […]

Regional Voice Port Lincoln Workshop and Networking Event

Please join Business SA, Port Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and fellow business leaders for the annual Business SA Regional Voice Workshop and Networking Event. Business SA is committed to South Australia’s major regions as part of creating better business environments and discussing the issues affecting your business. Regional Voice Workshop – Mental Health Awareness and Management […]

NAIDOC Week 2017

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The 2017 theme –  Our Languages Matter – aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential […]

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

Grant Funding Opportunities

Featured Grants

2018 Nuffield Scholarships
Developing current, emerging and future leaders.  Applications close 16 June, 2017.

Recycling Infrastructure Grants Program
Aims to help companies and organisations install equipment and/or provide innovative ways to reuse, recycle or repurpose resources and reduce landfill.

Grants SA - Simplifying funding for community organisations
Simplified access to four DCSI grant programs.

SA State Government Energy Efficiency Grants
Grants to large energy users for energy efficient audits and upgrades.

CLICK HERE for more Grant Funding opportunities 

SA Tenders and ContractsThe website provides easy-to-use access to all publicly available bidding opportunities within the South Australian Government.

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