E-news: July 2020


E-NEWS | July 2020

Minister Speirs' visit to the Lincoln National Park to talk Nature-based Tourism opportunities

Photo: Tim Hall (National Parks and Wildlife), David Speirs (Minister for Environment and Water), Brad Riddle (RDAEP), Sondra Stewart (RDAEP) and Peter Treloar (Member for Flinders)

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RDA New Name and Board Members

Chair of Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula (RDAEP) Bryan Trigg has announced that the organisation has changed its name from Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Inc (RDAWEP) to better reflect its regional representation and funding partners. Mr Trigg stated “RDAEP services the entire Eyre Peninsula.  The new name reflects that approach and helps […]

Assistant Minister Supports RDAEP

RDAEP appreciates the recognition, support and appreciation provided by The Hon Nola Marino MP, Assistant Minister for Regional Development in supporting the Eyre Peninsula region during the COVID-19 pandemic.


For the latest information on restrictions being lifted and the recovery process, click here: SA Government Covid-19 Recovery 

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GM Crops : Survey Results

The results have been finalised, following the recent GM Crops survey released by the Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association. With the State Parliament passing legislation which removes the moratorium within SA on growing GM crops, an opportunity for Councils to consider if their area wanted to retain a ban was included. The survey was created […]

Regional Meetings – Wudinna, Ceduna and Kimba

It’s 2030. What does your grain business look like? What are your primary markets? How efficient are your supply chains? What game-changing technology will be increasing your productivity? The SA Grain Industry Blueprint’s proposed priorities, targets and projects are now open for consultation! GPSA is excited to provide growers with the chance to shape the […]

Farm Business Management Program

Drought affected primary producers are invited to participate in a 12 month program aimed at increasing business skills and building business resilience. The Farm Business Management Program is facilitated by Pinion Advisory (formally Rural Directions), and will give you access to one-on-one coaching, group sessions and tools to help you move towards reaching your business […]

Water Project Provides Pipeline of Growth for Farmers

Farmers in the Coolanie area within the District Council of Franklin Harbour will be able to reduce their dependence on rainfall as well as expensive water carting during times of drought. The $1.5 million Coolanie Water Scheme project provides 40 kilometres of supply and distribution pipeline allowing some farmers in the region access to secure […]

EP Landscape Board

From 1 July 2020, the new Landscape South Australia Act 2019 (the Act) will replace the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 as the new framework for managing the State’s land, water, pest animals and plants, and biodiversity. Under the Act, eight new regional landscape boards and Green Adelaide will facilitate the sustainable management of the […]

Seasonal Jobs SA

Looking for work? South Australia’s agriculture industry needs you! From pickers to packers, processors and planters, there are a variety of agricultural seasonal jobs on offer in South Australia’s regions. With COVID-19 having an impact on primary industries securing workers, Seasonal Jobs SA has been created as a temporary initiative to bring workers and employers […]

Co-operative Conversations: supporting Aussie Farmers, Fishers and Foresters

A candid new series featuring leading primary producers will address some of the biggest issues in farming and put forward solutions aimed at future proofing Australian family farms. Farmers, fishers and other primary producers are known for their resilience, but in the last few years they have faced unprecedented challenges: drought, fires, floods, global commodity […]

Commercial Fishing Reform

The biggest ever reform of South Australia’s commercial fishing industry is now under way with the Marine Scalefish Fishery (MSF) voluntary licence surrender program open for applications. The voluntary licence surrender program is part of the South Australian Government’s $24.5 million reform package to increase the profitability of fishing businesses, grow sustainable fish populations, and […]


Moves to Lead EP Youth Down Local Career Pathways

Connecting local businesses and schools to collaborate on STEM research could help keep young people in regional towns, according to Eyre Peninsula local Kellie Taylor. Kellie, an analytical chemist based in Cummins, is seeking funding to launch a two-year pilot program to use the high school research projects as a way to connect local students […]

Local startups accepted into regional Venture Catalyst Program

The regional Innovation & Collaboration Centre (ICC) at UniSA Whyalla announces the four local startups and small businesses who have won a place in their Venture Catalyst business program. Along with a $10,000 stipend, each business will receive a personalised program that will help them navigate towards building a global and investment-ready business. Read more […]


Training and Skills Development Amendment Bill

The Training and Skills Development Act 2008 (SA) is being updated to improve the regulation of apprenticeships and traineeships. The idea is to provide employers and individuals with training and skill development that meets the needs of modern workplaces and the changing nature of work. Following previous consultation, the Training and Skills Development (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2020 introduces […]

SA’s Waste and Food Waste Strategies

1. A Draft South Australia’s Waste Strategy 2020-2025  A proposed next Waste Strategy for the State, proposing targets, objectives and actions to continue our efforts to achieve positive environmental outcomes while building local industry and creating business opportunities locally and overseas. Its objective is to support South Australia’s transition to a circular economy and to make […]

Proposed changes to SA’s Marine Parks

In 2018, the Government commissioned BDO EconSearch to undertake an independent review to assess the economic, social and environmental values of the current marine park sanctuary zones. Following consultation with the commercial fishing, recreational fishing and conservation sectors, the Government is proposing to change the boundaries of two marine parks and amend six marine park […]


Tribute to Sime (Sam) Sarin AM

The Board and Staff at Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula wish to pass on condolences to the Sarin family and friends on the recent passing of Sime (Sam) Sarin AM. A community builder and supporter, Sam’s contribution to the fishing industry, Port Lincoln and the region as a whole, was tremendous. His vision, drive and […]

Latest Update

COVID-19 and the border Information and updates to Australia’s immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak can be found on the Departments COVID-19 website. Latest updates: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/ Explore your visa and travel options Frequently Asked Questions includes information for Working Holder Maker visa holders who are granted a Temporary Activity (subclass 408) Australian […]

SA’s Outback and Rural Areas Planning and Design Code

The Planning and Design Code (the Code) is the basis of South Australia’s new planning and development system and will offer a single set of planning policies for assessing applications across the State. The online Code is now available for communities in Phase One (Outback Areas) and Phase Two (Rural Areas) through the ePlanning platform. […]

Epilepsy Hotline

Do you suffer from Epilepsy? A FREE Epilepsy Nurse Line is available for you to ring to get epilepsy-related advice. Simply call 1300 EPILEPSY (37 45 37) or email epilepsy@epilepsy.org.au The Epilepsy Nurse Line is staffed from 9.00am to 5.00pm seven days a week. Every call is answered by a Registered Nurse with special training […]

Capturing Streaky Bay Through Your Eyes

Calendar Photography Competition 2020/21 – The District Council of Streaky Bay are looking for people to enter pictures taken of the district/area.

Buckleboo Mobile Tower Live

The Australian Government’s successful $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program has delivered six mobile base stations that have gone live across South Australia in recent months. The community of Buckleboo, being one of six regional centres, are now enjoying improved coverage and connectivity. These six towers are the latest of 42 mobile base stations switched […]

New Board Directors for Foundation

The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation (the Foundation) is pleased to announce the strengthening of its board with the appointment of Rob Donaldson and Greg Barry. Foundation Chairman Garry Downey said, “Both directors complement the existing Board and bring outstanding skills and experience to the Foundation. On behalf of the Foundation, they have already begun collaborating […]

Donation Received – Eyre Peninsula Home Hospice Service Partnership Extended

The successful partnership between the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation (The Foundation) and Matthew Flinders Home (MFH) supporting the Eyre Peninsula Home Hospice Service (EPHHS) will continue with the recent extension of their Memorandum of Understanding. In cooperation with the Port Lincoln Health Services Palliative Care Team who provide daytime care during the week , the […]


ANZ Seeds of Renewal Grants

Applications are invited from not-for-profit community-based organisations with an ABN or Incorporation Certificate for projects that help community organisations to help convert their ideas to build vibrant and sustainable rural communities into reality, in communities with a population of 15,000 people or fewer. This round funds projects starting in December 2020 and finishing by January […]

Australia Post Community Grants

Being part of a community and feeling a sense of belonging is more important than ever before. Australia Post understand that when people in communities connect, they feel better and this often results in improved mental health outcomes and Australia Post want to support the organisations that are helping make this happen. The 2020 Australia […]

Open Your World

Do you have a new idea or initiative that contributes to community wellbeing and resilience in response to COVID-19? If so, keep reading… Applications for the ‘Open Your World’ SA Community Wellbeing and Resilience Grants are now open and close on Friday 17 July 2020. Funding between $10,000 and $100,000 is available for projects which […]

Connecting Drought Communities – Events Grant

Community groups and local governments in eligible drought-affected areas of South Australia can apply for event funding under the Connecting Drought Communities – Events Grant. A total of $330,000 is available to community or industry groups, clubs or associations, or local government, across SA. Events must be held before 15 June 2021, with grants available […]

Grants SA Covid-19 Support Grant

Grants SA Covid-19 Support Grant – Applications close 20 October 2020. Grants SA is a one-off project-funding program that provides grants to not-for-profit community organisations to improve community participation, wellbeing and quality of life for people living and working in South Australia. Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the normal Grants SA program is ceasing […]

Sporting Clubs Water Relief Grant - financial assistance towards water and sewerage bills issued between April and June 2020.

Grants SA - due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the normal Grants SA program is ceasing operations until further notice and has been replaced with the COVID-19 Support Grant

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.

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

For more funding opportunities


Customer Service Reset for Relaunch for Business Recovery

The Adelaide Business Hub are providing the following workshops to help your business relaunch and recover. Take this time of change to transform your online engagement with your customers. During the online workshop and one-on-one mentoring, we will support you to transform your customer journey from traditional methods to the fast-moving digital world. Reach your […]

Certificate III in Rural Operations

The sign-up date for this course has been extended until 14 August 2020, due to the implications of COVID-19. Certificate III in Rural Operations – Course Code AHC 32816 – Delivered by TAFE SA – 36 months (can be Part Time and can be signed off early). RDAWEP is able to provide training support with […]

Career Employment Group
Port Lincoln
Forklift: 10-11 August
White Card:  9 July;  28 August
Confined Space:  10 July;  13 August
Working at Heights:  20 July;  14 August
EWP Scissor Lift: 27 July
EWP Boom Type: 23-24 July
Excavator: 17-20 August
Loader: 24-26 August
For further information or to register please contact Rebecca on 08 8682 6695 or via email at Rebecca.Pocock@ceg.net.au

For more training opportunities


Agricultural Bureau's Awards and Scholarships for 2020

The Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship for Farmers sponsored by the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) is an $8000 grant for a farmer (aged 18-40) to pursue further study, take a study tour or run a special project. DEW is committed to supporting communities and industry to make decisions and take action to ensure the sustainable use of our natural resources.

The Rural Youth Bursary sponsored by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is a $5000 grant for rural young people (aged 18-30) working in a rural community, not necessarily in agriculture, to undertake further study in their chosen career with an ultimate benefit to their community. PIRSA is committed to growing primary industries and driving regional development.

The Lois Harris Scholarship sponsored by The Agricultural Bureau of SA is a $2000 scholarship for a first year student studying the Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Adelaide.  One scholarship is awarded each year, usually to a student entering the course with an excellent Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER).

The Service to Primary Production Award sponsored by The Agricultural Bureau of SA recognises the achievements of people who have provided exceptional service to primary production.  Nominations are open for people from any area involved with primary production, including; the service industries, government, education and agri-politics.

For more award opportunities


Australian Salmon Fishing Championship

1 June to 31 August 2020 at Elliston

For more upcoming regional events
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