Enews March 2019


E-NEWS | March 2019

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Economic and Business Development

Looking to the Future on EP

At the 82nd annual Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association (EPLGA) Conference recently held in Kimba, RDAWEP presented on five megatrends that have shaped, and will continue to shape, the development of Eyre Peninsula. Individually they present a particular lens on the future; together they offer a sometimes more complex, overlapping or contradictory trajectory. The trends […]

Congratulations Koonibba

After many years working with the Koonibba Community and in particular with CEO Corey McLennan, Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Inc are proud to be involved with the Koonibba Store venture that commenced trading in February. It’s been 42 years since the old store ceased operations. The old store was located in the […]

Tourism Update

Eyes on Eyre Update

The Eyes on Eyre project continues to gain momentum across the region. In early 2019 this joint project led by RDAWEP, Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula and all eleven Eyre Peninsula councils has been focused on identifying and planning the future needs of tourism and community infrastructure across many of our key locations throughout the region. […]

Eyre Peninsula Tourism Blog

Where to eat on the Eyre Peninsula? The small-town cafes with big-city vibes. Contemporary café culture is something you might associate with big cities. There are so many articles about what’s new and cool on the east coast of Australia that surely no one cares anymore? You might even associate those popular cafes with some bigger regional […]

2019 Let’s Go Caravan and Camping Show

The Eyre Peninsula’s attendance at the 2019 Let’s Go Caravan and Camping Show was a great success in Adelaide two weeks ago, with many attendees stopping by the booth to ask questions and receive information about the region. With strong support from the District Councils of Kimba, Wudinna, Elliston, Streaky Bay, Cleve and Lower Eyre […]

Community Opportunities

2019 SA Regional Showcase

The Brand South Australia team are on the hunt for story suggestions in regional South Australia.In order to be considered by the journalism tea, the nominee’s story must meet at least two or more of the below: In order to be considered by the journalism team, the nominee’s story must meet at least two or […]

South Australia’s Home Battery Scheme

South Australian’s can now access a subsidy of up to $6,000 on the cost of a battery and low interest finance available if needed to help pay for the installation of home battery systems. The installation of these systems will reduce demand on the network and in turn, lower energy prices. The State Government subsidy […]

Have Your Say

Creating a modern industry policy for SA

The Government of South Australia is seeking your input to develop a new industry policy that will support businesses to grow, develop a global outlook, increase global competitiveness, and ensure that new businesses can start and thrive from South Australia. Industry, government and the wider community are invited to contribute to developing key actions that […]

Arts Plan 2019-2024

Arts South Australia are developing an Arts Plan that will articulate the future vision for arts and culture in South Australia. This plan will guide the South Australian Government’s support for the arts over the next five years.They want to hear your ideas and stories and understand your vision for arts in south Australia, as […]

Scholarships and More

Read more about the following scholarship opportunities HERE

Churchill Fellowship - to investigate issues overseas that are of importance to Australia.

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

Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program - to improve access to and completion of STEM tertiary education courses for students from regional and remote Australia.

Women's Leadership Development - to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs. Closes 15 March 

Training Opportunities

Port Lincoln and Whyalla:  Health and Safety Rep;  Microsoft Office Training; Email using Microsoft Outlook.
Pt Lincoln: Contractor's Licensing Unit-Plan Small Business Finances.
Provide First Aid - multiple dates and locations

CEG - Whyalla: Forklift, White Card, Rigging, Elevating Work Platform, First Aid, Skid Steer.
Port Lincoln: Forklift, White Card, Confined Space, Working at Heights, Dogging, Elevating Work Platform.

Click Here for more information and training dates 

Award Opportunities

2019 SA Training Awards

The South Australian Training Awards are the State's peak awards for Vocational Education and Training, recognising quality, excellence and innovation in training.
High achieving vocational education and training students, teachers, apprentices, employers and training organisations are invited to nominate.  Nominations clos 8 April 2019
For more information and to apply visit www.tasc.sa.gov.au

Fast Movers 2019

BDO SA and Brand South Australia are proud to partner again for Fast Movers to recognise the fastest growing, and arguably the smartest businesses in SA.
Fast Movers recognises SA businesses that are the most innovative, smartest and fastest growing companies in the state.  Nominate your business or a business you know by filling in the quick and easy online form at www.fastmoverssa.com.au
Entries close 15 March 2019

Upcoming Regional Events

Business Readiness Workshops

How well prepared is your rural or regional business for a natural disaster event?  What impact would a bushfire, flood, or even a significant power outage have on your operations, employees and bottom line?
Business Support's FREE Business Readiness Project workshops aims to help you be better prepared and survive natural disaster events.  4 - 8 March in Kimba, Cleve, Cowell, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Streaky Bay, Smoky Bay, Ceduna and Wudinna.
For more information and to register visit www.rdawep.org.au/events

Penong Cup

The town of Penong will again host its annual racing Cup which has become a popular event for locals and tourists alike. The Penong Cup boasts a variety of actives including Fashions on the Field, R.I.C.E Kids Entertainment and live band ‘Ill Starred Captain’ playing after the racing finishes. You’re even welcome to stay for […]

Tumby Market at the Bay

Get along to Tumby Bay for: fabulous local food stalls art and craft from our region beer, wine, coffee, tea live music by Kitty and Mike.

Kimba Cup

The Kimba Cup is held at the Port Lincoln Racecourse and holds a strong reputation as an excellent racing day for the whole family.
The Kimba Cup day is an excellent racing day for racing enthusiasts, fashion savvy racegoers with fashions of the field and plenty of children's entertainment.  Read more......

NDIS Provider Information Sessions - Port Lincoln

The SA Provider and Market Engagement Team from the NDIA are travelling to Port Lincoln and are keen to engage with local providers.  The team will be hosting 3 information sessions and offering providers the opportunity to individually meet with the team to discuss any current concerns.  19-20 March 2019.
For more information visit www.rdawep.org.au/events

Chain of Responsibility......Made Easy

Did you know regulations have changed under the Heavy Vehicle National Law?
Grain Producers SA are holding interactive, free and practical workshops on 20-21 March at Wirrulla and Cowell.
For more information and to register visit:  www.rdawep.org.au/events

ORSR Funding Information Sessions

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR) encourages those interested in applying for the Active Club Program or the Community Recreation and Sports Facilities Program to attend the information sessions in Whyalla (6 March) or Port Lincoln (20 March).
For more information and to register visit www.rdawep.org.au/events

Save Our Mates - Men's Wellbeing Roadshows

Helping blokes look out for their mates. The initiatives mission is to improve the mental health of youth, men of all ages and Aboriginal and TI people.  Roadshow 2 will visit Whyalla and Port Lincoln on 21-22 March.
For more information and your FREE ticket visit:  www.rdawep.org.au/events

Regional Voice Port Lincoln

Port Lincoln Chamber of Commece and Tourism Inc and Business SA are co-hosting the Regional Voice forum at the Port Lincoln Hotel.  Following the Regional Voice Survey, you are invited to join them to discuss how they can help your business be more productive and prosperous.
For more information and your FREE ticket visit:  www.rdawep.org.au/events

Streaky Bay Cup

Celebrate the Streaky Bay Racing Club's 103rd year of racing at the 2019 Streaky Bay Cup.
The event has everything you could need for a great day at the races including bookmakers, punters club, TAB, EFTPOS and full bar facilities.  There will also be ashuttle bus departing from the Streaky Bay Hotel every half hour.

Colour Tumby Street Art Festival 2019

Colour Tumby Street Art Festival returns on 12-14 April bigger and better thanks in large part to an Australian Government grant via the Building Better Regions Fund, along with national and international sponsorships.
Read more......

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

Funding Opportunities

Farm Hub

The newly released Farm Hub was built by the National Farmers Federation as an online portal for information and resources for farmers (both for business and individuals). The first release of the site is focussed on circulating drought information. Over the coming months, more information will be added about other farming initiatives and support. www.farmhub.org.au

Featured Grants

Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) Pilot Round 2 - provides SMEs with grant funding to develop innovative solutions for government policy and service delivery challenges. Applications close 17 April 2019.

Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-Ps) Round 7 - provides industry-led collaborations with short term (up to three years) matched funding to develop important new technologies, products and services.  Applications close 28 March 2019.

2019 Export Ready Program - for SA businesses who are new to export or who want to take a more strategic approach to exporting.

Research, Commercialisation and Startup Fund (RCSF) - with a focus on launching early-stage startups and scaling up established businesses, designed to help SA entrepreneurs take their innovative products and solutions to global markets.

Arts Projects - Organisations - funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public including national and international audiences.

Active Club Program - helps recreation and sports clubs with facility upgrades and, program and equipment.  Closes 17 Apr 2019.

Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program - to establish or improve sport and active recreation facilities that meet the needs of the community in SA.  Closes 17 Apr 2019.

Strengthening Rural Communities - to give small rural, regional and remote communities an opportunity for funding that can support broad community needs. Closes 26 March 2019. 

In a Good Place - provides support for initiatives that reduce isolation, increase social participation and connectedness, and encourage people who are at risk of, or are experiencing mental health issues to seek help.  Closes 14 March 2019.

Tackling Tough Times Together - helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing affects of the drought.  Closes 30 April 2019.

Food SA Business Growth Program - to assist SA food and beverage manufacturers and producers to identify potential markets and respond to business management challenges through a flexible program of support services. 

On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme - a rebate to drought affected farmers who invest in urgently needed on-farm water infrastructure.

SA Healthy Towns Challenge - to develop preventative health programs within their community.  Closes 15 April 2019.

Regional SA Business Events Bid Fund - to attract business events which will increase spending in the regional economy.

SA Heritage Grants Program - to help conserve and activate heritage places and areas, and to support heritage trades.  Closes 15 Mar 2019.

Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant - to invest in projects that build capabilities aligned with Defence's Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities. 

Cyber Security Small Business Program - aims to help small business understand their cyber security vulnerabilities and make considered investments to protect their business.

Defence Global Competitiveness Grant Program - to invest in projects that build export capability to build a stronger, more sustainable and globally competitive Australian defence industry.

Australian Business Advisory Services Digital Solutions - Adelaide Business Hub is delivering the Commonwealth funded Digital Solutions Program to small businesses operating in SA. 

Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy - will support apprenticeships in skills needs occupations in rural and regional areas. 

Top 5 Government Grants for start-upsEntrepreneurs' 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. 

Farming together has news of grants, funding scholarships, jobs and other opportunities. CLICK HERE to view their latest newsletter.


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Port Lincoln SA 5606
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E: reception@rdawep.org.au

Whyalla Office

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Whyalla Norrie SA 5608
T: (08) 8645 7811
F: (08) 8645 1278
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