E-news: July 2022


July 2022

RDAEP meet in Wudinna 

Pictured at the Wudinna Telecentre where the RDAEP Committee held their General Meeting on 24 June, are L to R - Sue Chase, Trevor Smith, Craig Midgley, CEO Ryan Viney, Malcolm Catt, Chair Bryan Trigg, Councillor Naomi Scholz, Mayor Eleanor Scholz, Heather Baldock and Tom Antonio.

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General Meeting held at Wudinna

The RDAEP Committee meets bi-monthly in each of the Eyre Peninsula Council areas to provide the opportunity to present on projects and developments.

At the end of June, we travelled to Wudinna on the Thursday for a business planning session, staying overnight for the general meeting the next day.  

Thank you Mayor Scholz, Andrew Buckham and Craig Midgley; it was great to see the fantastic work your Council has been doing at Wudinna. 

Thank you also to Verity Paterson, CEO, Eyre and Far North Local Health Network for providing an update on healthcare on Eyre Peninsula. 

Our Priorities

The Key Theme for 2022-23 is “Regional Liveability” with 6 key priority areas of focus:

  1. Healthcare
  2. Housing and Accommodation 
  3. Population Attraction, Retention and Training 
  4. Economic Diversification 
  5. Infrastructure Provision 
  6. Visitor Economy 

Our Funding Partners 

Our organisation is funded by the three tiers of Government (Australian, State and Local). The Australian Government’s funding agreement continues until 30 June 2025.  The State Government funding agreement has just commenced from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2026.

A new 3-year funding agreement between RDAEP and the District Councils of Cleve, Elliston, Franklin Harbour, Kimba, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Streaky Bay, Tumby Bay and Wudinna have all been accepted. The District Council of Ceduna have agreed to provide 6 months funding, along with the City of Port Lincoln, pending the development of a new Strategic Regional Plan .

RDAEP connects Australian, State and Local government agencies, businesses and individuals to work together on growing economic opportunities. By seeing the big picture, RDAEP focuses on strategies, projects and investment that creates employment, infrastructure and economic growth to benefit the entire region.

Project Update 

1. Regional Leadership Program

RDAEP, with funding support from the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) has committed to a program to enhance leadership capacity across the region.

The Regional Leadership Program will be implemented to offer targeted leadership training to community-based organisations. The two-year program will identify leadership development needs in the region, and then support participants to take part in relevant programs, to provide a pipeline of future leaders who represent the diversity of people that live and work across the region.

A survey has been sent to community organisations, to gather information on the shortfall of leadership training on Eyre Peninsula. If you would like to learn more about the Leadership Program, please email Tamsin Scholz on tamsin.scholz@rdaep.org.au

2. Regional Work SA Project (RWSAP) Update

The RDAEP CEO attended the RDSA Regional Workforce Meeting in Adelaide earlier in the year hosted by the Hon. Rob Kerin, SA Skills Commissioner and the Skills and Workforce team at the Department of Innovation and Skills (DIS). Topics covered were:

  1. Increase Housing Supply
  2. Creating Employment Readiness Pathways
  3. Regionally Based Workforce Resources
  4. Increase Business HR Capacity & cCpability
  5. Reform Migration

RDAEP have now advertised over 2,400 positions from across the region: Job Vacancies

3. EP Visitor Guide

Keep an eye out for the new EP Visitor Guide. The Guide is updated on an annual basis by RDAEP and provides advertising opportunities for local businesses and councils. With a circulation of 50,000 copies that are distributed via VIC/VIO and participating businesses across SA and interstate, it is one of the key marketing materials for the region.

4. Eyes on Eyre - Online Camping Bookings

Eyes on Eyre is a mechanism to facilitate a consistent and collaborative approach to tourism on Eyre Peninsula.  An online booking system (Bookeasy) was identified as an opportunity to improve visitor management of campgrounds, and funding was subsequently obtained by RDAEP from the Department of Environment and Water (DEW) to develop campgrounds in line with the Final Concept Design Report.

District Council of Elliston now have online bookings across two campsites, Sheringa Beach and Walkers Rock. District Council of Franklin Harbour will be going online for bookings at Point Gibbon in August. 

5. EP Tourism Network SharePoint Page

We're thrilled to be sharing our EP Tourism Network Sharepoint page with you. This is a central web-based platform created to facilitate collaboration and resource sharing across Eyre Peninsula tourism industry and stakeholders.

What will you find on the site? You'll find a wealth of resources for businesses, the EP Tourism Management Plan 2025, visitation trends and data, marketing tips, project updates, tourism grants and more!

How can you get connected?

Visit: https://rdawep.sharepoint.com/sites/EPTourismNetwork

No access? Email annabelle.hender@rdaep.org.au with your Microsoft email address to gain access to the site (e.g. outlook, hotmail etc, not gmail)

Other Projects 

1. Northern Water Supply 

RDAEP CEO Ryan Viney has been  involved in meetings with Infrastructure SA and the Project Director of the Northern Water Supply Project.  The Project aims to provide a new sustainable water supply for the Far North and Upper Spencer Gulf. Infrastructure SA is the lead agency in this project and will manage the development of the study in partnership with other State Government Departments, and major water users in the region including OZ Minerals, BHP, and SA Water.  Read more here:  Northern Water Supply Project

2. SA Hydrogen Jobs Plan 

RDAEP CEO Ryan Viney has been engaged to participate on the SA Hydrogen Jobs Plan Expert Panel for the site selection, following a briefing by the Department of Energy and Mining on the project.

South Australia’s Hydrogen Jobs Plan seeks to capture first-mover advantage in the race to establish a competitive and sustainable green hydrogen sector.

The $593m plan centres on the development of a hydrogen electrolyser, a hydrogen-fuelled power plant, and a hydrogen storage facility in the vicinity of Whyalla, in order to: 

  • Deliver thousands of new jobs and catalyse flow-on development in the Upper Spencer Gulf region and beyond
  • Lower electricity prices for South Australians
  • Ensure power grid stability and a reduction in the likelihood of household solar being switched off by energy providers during times of excess renewable energy production
  • Catalyse further growth in South Australia’s world-class renewable energy sector and position the state as a hydrogen innovator
  • Support the State’s transition to a low-carbon future.


SA Food and Beverage Five Year Export Strategy

The South Australian Food and Beverage Five Year Export Strategy sets the goal of increasing export sales from AUD $2.6 billion in 2021 to just over AUD $3 billion by 2027. The industry-led Strategy (excluding wine) was developed through in-depth interviews and feedback from a broad range of exporters and key stakeholders and aims to […]

Vote for EP Towns in Ag Awards

2022 Ag Town of the Year Award voting is now open, until 25 July. EP towns nominated are Cleve, Coffin Bay, Port Lincoln, Streaky Bay and Whyalla. Support your favourite town by voting for it to be one of the 2022 Agricultural Town of the Year finalists. Now in its fourth year, the award recognises […]

Young movers driving growth in Regional areas

Regional migration is at a five-year high and young people are driving growth, according to new data from the Commonwealth Bank and the Regional Australia Institute’s Regional Movers Index.  Young people are driving growth in regional areas with more Millennials and Gen-Xers moving out of capital cities, according to new insights from the March quarter […]


Cruise Tourism Workshop – Port Lincoln

South Australian Tourism Commission is partnering with the Australian Cruise Association (ACA) to deliver a workshop to help prepare for the restart of cruising in South Australia. This workshop will focus on assisting tourism businesses to better understand how they can work with cruise lines visiting Port Lincoln. To be successful in this endeavour it […]

Shining a spotlight on our regions

Solstice Media are currently looking for story suggestions for this year’s program. The top 20 stories will be selected in October, with seven award categories announced at the annual celebration event on 4 November. The Regional Showcase program shines a spotlight on regional South Australia by uncovering, telling and showcasing stories of innovation and success. […]


Education Fund Tertiary Scholarship Recipients 2022

The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation Board has recently awarded Tertiary Scholarships of $2,000 each to Sophie Traeger and Marli Ryan. The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation Board congratulates the recipients and wishes them well with their studies. The EPCF established the Education Fund in 2016, and has received applications from all areas of the Eyre Peninsula. […]


See it LIVE

The Government of South Australia has announced the $10 million See it LIVE package that will get local musicians and performers back on stage through a range of support programs for live music and hospitality venues, promoters and more. New voucher and grant schemes will get live entertainment back in venues and support performers, live […]

Export Market Development Grants – Opening 6 July!

Austrade’s Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) program helps Australian businesses grow their exports in international markets. These grants encourage small to medium enterprises to market and promote their goods and services globally. Round Two of the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) program will open for applications on Wednesday 6 July 2022 at 9:00 am (AEST). […]

For more funding opportunities


JobTrainer for existing workers

JobTrainer is a joint partnership between the Commonwealth and State Government to support low-cost training for more South Australians. It represents a significant investment into training delivery in South Australia. JobTrainer was originally targeted to provide low-fee courses and qualifications for school leavers, young people and jobseekers, however it has recently been expanded to include […]

For more training opportunities
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