Enews August 2019


E-NEWS | August 2019

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Did you know that Carappee Hill is the highest point on Eyre Peninsula? Just out of Darke Peak, Carappee Hill is 289m above sea level and the moderate return hike to the summit takes approx 2 hours. 

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Economic Development

The Hydrogen Utility joins Iron Road in Cape Hardy Development

Agreement creates pathway for Australia’s first green credentialed manufacturing and export complex. Iron Road Limited is please to announce that the Company has signed a Heads of Agreement and Project Development Accord with The Hydrogen Utility (H2U), and Australian hydrogen infrastructure developer and renewable energy integrator.  Iron Road and H2U will work collectively to develop […]

20 Year Blueprint for SA’s Critical Freight Transport Infrastructure

The South Australian Freight Council (SAFC) has launched Moving Freight 2019, its plan for the State’s future transport and logistics infrastructure and its primary submission into Infrastructure South Australia’s 20 Year State Infrastructure Strategy. The SA Freight Council is the State’s peak, multi-modal industry group that advises both the Federal and State governments on industry related […]

New $31m Inland Rail Contract

An innovative new rail for the transformational 1,700km Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail, has been designed by Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and the final shape further refined in conjunction with LIberty Primary Steel in Whyalla, who are also responsible for its manufacture. Inland Rail CEO, Richard Wankmuller, said the new rail shape – made […]

SA Business Growth Program

The Food South Australia Business Growth Program assists manufacturers and producers to identify potential markets and respond to business management challenges through a flexible program of support services.  There are three components to the Business Growth Program; Market Intelligence, Business Management and Finance and Risk Management. The Business Growth Program is open to all food or […]

Kangaroo Harvesting for Drought-Affected Farmers

The State Government has dedicated $25,000 to the pilot program, providing drought-affected farmers with an additional income, along with addressing the environmental issue of the high population of kangaroos in the western Eyre Peninsula and Upper North Regions. The three month program, jointly developed by Livestock SA, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), the Department […]

Employment and Skills Development

Living and Working in Whyalla Migration Expo

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) worked closely with the Australian Migrant Resource Centre over the past few months to create and host the first Adelaide based migration expo. The expo was opened by the Honourable Vicki Chapman MP, Deputy Premier, clearly demonstrating the commitment of the State Government to the migration agenda […]

Tourism Update

SA Visitor Economy Sector Plan 2030

The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC), together with industry leaders, has launched the South Australian Visitor Economy Sector Plan 2030 which sets an ambitious, bold agenda for tourism. The plan sets a bold ambition to grow the visitor economy to $12.8 billion by 2030 and generate an additional 16,000 jobs. The plan has been developed […]

Coffin Bay No 10!

In 2009, Coffin Bay was number 38 best Australian town in Australian Traveller magazine.  In 2019, they’re number 10! Australian Traveller has published its list of the best Australian towns.  The selection, based on the editor’s top picks, names the best spots in each state to visit and live. Yallingup, WA Byron Bay, NSW Alice Springs, NT […]

Festival of Wot?

Wotif have launched their latest countrywide initiative, The Festival of Wot? to invigorate domestic tourism and celebrate Australia’s unique quirks. Following the success of Australia’s Next Big Thing, where Wotif gifted Chinchilla, QLD with The Big Melon – this year’s initiative will again shine a light on domestic tourism while celebrating what makes Australia unique. […]

Have Your Say

Consultation Draft – Rural Medical Workforce Plan

The South Australian Government has released its Rural Medical Workforce Plan for public consultation and is urging those living in rural and remote areas to provide input. The draft plan outlines strategies to help meet the Government’s commitment to develop ‘a plan to recruit, train and develop the health professionals…….needed to deliver country health services’, […]

Review to Guide Growth on South Australia’s Pastoral Lands

The Marshall Liberal Government has recently launched a review of South Australia’s Pastoral Act and is seeking your feedback on how greater productivity can be created from the 410,000 square kilometres of pastoral rangelands. A discussion paper has been released asking for feedback on the current Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act 1989. The current […]

ACSC Small Business Survey

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has launched the Small Business Survey. The survey will help the ACSC’s new dedicated technical advice team for small businesses better understand how Australian small businesses operate. By receiving input directly from small businesses, the ACSC can ensure the technical advice they provide is actionable, relevant and tailored to […]

Housing and Homelessness Strategy for SA

Your input is sought to shape a new Housing and Homelessness Strategy and future direction of housing in South Australia. Development of the new strategy will provide an opportunity to redefine and reform the housing system in South Australia over the next 10 years.  It will address how to meet current and future housing needs, […]

Year 7 to High School in regional SA

Have your say on how year 7 will move from primary school to high school in regional South Australia. Year 7 will be taught in all public high schools from term 1, 2022. The State Government understands that introducing year 7 to high school in the regional setting will require special consideration, and they want […]

Scholarships and More

Read more about the following scholarship opportunities HERE

Natalie Miller Fellowship - supports the professional leadership of women in the screen industry through fellowship and programs.

Hort Innovation Internship Program- to build capacity in people in the horticultural industry.

Training Opportunities

CEG  Port Lincoln: Forklift, White Card, Confined Space, Working at Heights, Dogging.

Click Here for more information and training dates 

Award Opportunities

2019 Excellence in Agriculture Awards - offers young farmers and rural youth the opportunity to pursue personal and professional development to benefit their local communities.

2019 Winnovation Awards - to recognise and honour the next generation of women in innovation.

Upcoming Regional Events

Innovation and Collaboration Centre Whyalla

The University of South Australia’s Innovation & Collaboration Centre (ICC) supports the startup community through public events, programs and an incubator to inspire founders about the startup process and provide support to local businesses looking to grow. In August 2019, a new ICC will be opened in Whyalla after receiving grant funding from the Australian […]

SALA Festival 2019

The South Australian Living Arts (SALA) Festival is a state-wide festival of Visual Art. The SALA Festival was established in 1998 to promote and celebrate the many talented visual arts in South Australia. Their aim to extend audiences remains a cornerstone of the Festival, and as an umbrella organisation they have continued a policy of […]

ILC Ready Workshop

Need help with an ILC idea? If you need help coming up with an idea for your ILC application, there is help. Register Here for the free ILC Ready workshop in Whyalla. By the end of the workshop, you’ll be: better equipped to assess the suitability of your project for an ILC grant, including understanding […]

Accelerating Commercialisation Information Session Adelaide

Find out how the Entrepreneurs’ Programme can help you commercialise your novel products, processes and services. Come along to one of the interactive and practical information sessions on the services and grants offered through Accelerating Commercialisation. At this information session you will find out how your business can: get expert guidance from Commercialisation Advisers access innovative […]

Dinner Dance – EP Home Hospice Service

The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation Board cordially invites you to their Fundraising Dinner & Dance for the EP Home Hospice Service being held at the Port Lincoln Hotel on Saturday, 17 August 2019. The EP Home Hospice Service provides out of hours and weekend support for terminally ill patients who wish to remain in their […]

ORSR Community Forums – Ceduna

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR) is actively seeking community input to inform three projects which have been identified as priorities for the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan cycle. The Game On project will prioritise and explore a handful of key issues relevant to the sport and recreation industry and provide a platform for shared understanding and […]

15th GMUSG Conference and Trade Expo

The 15th Upper Spencer Gulf conference and trade expo follows previous sold-out events in Whyalla 2017 and Port Augusta 2018.  You won’t want to miss your chance to gather industry information and develop your business relationships. This annual event is designed specifically to help asset owners, developers and explorers link with suppliers and regional stakeholders. […]

South Australian Oyster Industry Seminar and Trade Show

The South Australian Oyster Research Council [SAORC] will be holding their 2019 Seminar, Dinner and AGM in Streaky Bay from Wednesday, 21 August to Friday, 23 August 2019 at the Streaky Bay and Districts Community Complex. Each year SAOGA and SAORC hold its annual seminar and trade show in a South Australian oyster growing region.  […]

UniSA Whyalla Campus Open Day

Discover the range of study options available at the UniSA Whyalla Campus from Nursing, Social Work, Education (Primary and Early Childhood) as well as the pathway programs, Foundations Studies and the Aboriginal Pathway Program. You can explore what online learning options are available through  UniSA Online or at one of the city campuses in Adelaide. […]

NMHC Connections Tour

The National Mental Health Commission wishes to consult and engage with all Australians on the 2030 Vision for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. As part of Connections, the Commission will be visiting 23 communities across Australia to hold meetings of which anyone with a living experience of mental health; consumers, carers, families and those organisations […]

Whyalla RAMP Musician and Venue Operator Workshop

The Department of Innovation and Skills [DIS] and Music Development Office are holding a FREE one-day workshop for both musicians and new (or existing) venue operators to improve the way they work together to increase live music activation. Regional Accelerator Music Program [RAMP] is a SA Government initiative to increase live music in regional areas. […]

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

Funding Opportunities

SA Healthy Towns Challenge Winner

Congratulations to the Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation for being named as one of five winners in the second round of the state government’s SA Healthy Towns Challenge. Their successful application, in conjunction with the Ceduna Youth Hub and Bicycle SA, will bring the ‘Bikes Palya’ program to Ceduna later this year. The purpose of the grant […]

Apply for a Defibrillator for your Sporting Club

Take advantage of the Active Club Program to get a defibrillator for your local sporting club. Most clubs recognise the importance of defibrillators as an essential part of their safety program, however the outlay costs can be frightening. For clubs on a tight budget, raising the money needed can be difficult for this life saving […]

Stronger Communities Programme Now Open

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey MP announced that Round 5 of the highly popular Stronger Communities Programme has now opened to fund small capital projects in our electorate. The Stronger Communities Programme provides each of the 151 federal electorates with up to $150,000 for projects that improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant […]

Featured Grants

Many more grant opportunites are available at www.rdawep.org.au

SA Govt Community Arts and Cultural Development Project Funding – supports the development of community awareness, participation and engagement in arts and culture through the involvement of professional practicing artists and creatives. Closes 12 August

Dept of the Premier and Cabinet Grant Opportunities – 2019-20 programs available includes public art and design, independent makers and presenters, artists and organisations for the deaf, people with disability, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts.

Cultural Fund Grants for Organisations – for projects that deliver opportunities for authors, journalists, artists and key industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education and visual arts sectors. Closes 1pm, 30 September 2019

Dept of  Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business – initiatives to help you start, grow or manage your small business.  Ongoing

SA Export Accelerator - Financial assistance for South Australian businesses looking to grow into international markets. 

Research, Commercialisation and Startup Fund - supports researchers, entrepreneurs and businesses to accelerate their progress with funding from the SA Government.

Landing Pads – Austrade and Australia Unlimited can help market-ready startups and scaleups take their business global.  Closes 7 October 2019.

Australian Business Advisory Services Digital Solutions – support for: websites and selling online; social media and digital marketing; using small business software; online privacy and security.  Enquire at RDAWEP or visit www.adelaidebusinesshub.com.au

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) – personalised support to help you become a self-employed business owner.  Ongoing

Business.gov.au – Find grants, funding and support programs from across government to help your business grow and succeed.

Grants SA Minor Round 1 – $100 to $10,000 for community activities, one-off programs or services, volunteer development. Closes 30 September 2019

Grants SA Major Round 1 – $10,001 to $100,000 for community facility upgrades, one-off programs or services, vehicles. Closes 04 September 2019

Qantas Regional Grants – to help brighten the futures of regional communities, the Regional Grants Program will provide financial, flight and marketing support to community groups and organisations to help further their causes and set them up for success. Round 1 applications close 30 August.

Strengthening Regional Communities – for small rural, regional and remote communities to support broad community needs. Two funding streams – Small and Vital Grants and Larger Leverage grants. Ongoing

Dreams for a Better World Round 3 Active Community Grants – sports grants to help people of all ages and abilities to be more active. Applications close 13 September.

ANZ Seeds of Renewal – to help build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, to ensure the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia.  Opens 2 July and closes 6 August.

Jetstar Flying Start – for community groups and organisations across Australia to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community. Closes 30 September.

PIRSA – Drought Support– A number of services and avenues for assistance are available to support farm families, farm businesses and rural communities prepare for and manage drought conditions. 

On-Farm Emergency Infrastructure Rebate Scheme – a rebate to drought affected farmers who invest in urgently needed on-farm water infrastructure. Closes 31 March 2021

Drought Communities Programme – Extension – to deliver benefits to targeted drought-affected regions of Australia.  Closing 30 June (for Eligible Councils announced in 2018) or 1 December (for Eligible Councils announced in March 2019).

Landcare – eligible Landcare and community groups are invited to submit a project summary using the online Expression of Interest form. If a suitable funding partner or funding stream is identified, groups may be invited to submit a more detailed application.

The Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) – provides incentives for SA households and businesses to save energy through establishing energy efficiency and audit targets to be met by electricity and gas retailers.  Ongoing

Our Town – Fay Fuller Foundation – a new multi-million dollar funding initiative that will work towards solutions to mental health challenges identified by SA rural and regional towns. Funding could be received over 10 years to work towards creating sustainable change.  

Commonwealth Bank Domestic and Family Violence Assistance Program – to support you and your family experiencing a domestic or family violence situation including situations of financial abuse. 

Active Club Program Round 48 – helps active recreation and sports clubs with programs and equipment up to $5,000.  Closes 25 September

Woolworths You Grow Girls – for netball clubs and associations to assist with developments/improvements by upgrading facilities, developing skills, purchasing equipment and supporting club members. Closing 30 September

Grassroots Football, Cricket and Netball Facility Program – aimed at increasing participation and improving gender equity in Australian Rules Football, Cricket and Netball.  To develop core infrastructure that directly impacts participation.  Closes 13 November

Dreams for a Better World Round 3 Active Community Grants – sports grants to help people of all ages and abilities to be more active. Applications close 13 September.

Roger Rasheed Sport Foundation – to provide the children of extreme disadvantaged areas access to sport.

Caravan Parks Defib Subsidy – dollar for dollar up to $1,000 per unit to encourage operators to install defibrillators in caravan parks.  Closes 30 June 2021

Youncare’s At Home Care Grants– to keep young people with high-care needs at home by providing funding for equipment, modifications and support/respite that is unable to be funded through other means (eg NDIS).  Closes 11 September

Top 5 Government Grants for startups
Entrepreneurs' Programme, CSIRO Kick-Start, Biomedical Translation Fund, Research and Development Tax Incentive.

Grants SA - Grants for community organisations

Community Grants Hub - offers a simplified grant experience by improving how grants are administered across Government for the benefit of stakeholders and the community.

Grant Connect - provides centralised publication of forecast and current Australian Government grant opportunities.

CLICK HERE for more Grant Funding opportunities 

SA Tenders and Contracts - Provides easy-to-use access to all publicly available bidding opportunities within the South Australian Government.

Handy Links

PIRSA  - stay informed about Primary Industries and Regions SA news.  CLICK HERE to view PIRSA's latest newsletter. 


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