Enews August 2017



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New Deputy Chair for RDAWEP

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) is pleased to announce the appointment of new Deputy Chair of the RDAWEP Board Mr Malcolm Catt, who will support Chair Bryan Trigg in leading a dedicated, committed and regional focused group of community leaders. Mr Catt was a Board Member of the previous Eyre Regional Development […]

Economic and Business Development

Elliston Telstra Announcement

Elliston is finally set to receive a reliable landline and 4G coverage through an upgrade to the overloaded radio link between Elliston and Warramboo. Federal Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey and Minister for Regional Development, Fiona Nash announced on Monday 31st July that Elliston will receive high-speed telecommunications services with the support of $1.3 million […]

Inquiry into Regional Development and Decentralisation

INVITATION TO MAKE A SUBMISSION The Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation is calling for submissions to its inquiry.  The Committee will examine best practice approaches to regional development, the decentralisation of Commonwealth entities, and supporting corporate decentralisation. Committee Chair, Dr John McVeigh MP said, “the Committee’s inquiry is wide ranging and will explore […]

SA LIFE Food & Wine Magazine

Niche Magazine SALIFE Food and Wine have decided to run a repeat of content and advertising every month between February and June 2018. Each month they will select a region and include it as a bonus stitched insert – this means that business advertisements will be repeated amongst the pages of SALIFE at no additional […]

Arrium Sale

Photo: AAP/David Mariuz – Sanjeev Gupta greets workers on his visit to Arrium.  Executive Chairman of the GFG Alliance, Sanjeev Gupta has met steelworkers at the Whyalla integrated plant and pledged to work tirelessly with management, staff and unions to forge a sustainable future for the whole Arrium business in Australia. He said the skills […]

SA’s Community Supported Fishery is on its way……

say hi to fair fish The Community Supported Fishery project is starting to bloom! Community Supported Fisheries are alternative business models for local fisherman to sell their seafood.  They allow direct sales to local consumers and provide a facility that encourages community engagement and food traceability.   The model allows consumers to purchase a share […]

Historical Signing of MOU

At the 30 June 2017 Board Meeting of the Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association the President, Mayor Bruce Green, Executive Officer, Tony Irvine and Commissioner of Highways, Michael Deegan signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate shared service opportunities between the parties. The Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association is delighted to form a partnership with […]

Scotdesco Conference Facility

Scotdesco Aboriginal Corporation’s brand new accommodation and catering facilities are open for business! If your business or organisation is looking for a place to get away from it all to hold you next meeting or conference, Scotdesco will be happy to accommodate you and make your taste buds tingle. Group bookings only are accepted. Home […]

Search on for Clean Technology Energy Resources projects

NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) is working with Australian CleanTech to find the country’s best demonstration projects on clean technology solutions that integrate with and improve efficiency and competitiveness for the energy resources sectorSubmissions close 31 August 2017.

Employment and Skills

Position Vacant – NDIS Workforce Project Manager

The Disability Workforce Hub for Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula is an important initiative to help secure a sufficient and diverse workforce supply as the region moves towards full implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It will operate as a ‘One Stop Shop’ model for organisations, workers and job seekers looking for support and […]

Project Implementation Officer, Disability & Aging Position

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula is a dynamic organisation committed to development of business, commercial activity and growth of the region’s economy. The purpose of the role is to implement or facilitate implementation of actions outlined within Whyalla’s Masterplan for Disability and Aging. ROLE. Key objectives of this position include: Developing, implementing and managing […]

Career Workshops in August

Janene Piip, RDAWEP Career Practitioner will be presenting Career Workshops in the Port Lincoln Library this August for people who are looking to gain employment.  RETURNING TO WORK WITH CONFIDENCE  When: Monday 21 August 2017 Where: Port Lincoln Library Time: 10am – 12noon Cost: FREE Workshop topics – Getting started – Building Confidence and overcoming barriers – Exploring […]

Tourism Development

When you gotta go, you gotta go!

Yangie Bay image courtesy of Trip Advisor. It will be both small and large investments in infrastructure that helps Eyre Peninsula’s tourism cause and public conveniences, defined coastal access and well-presented campgrounds might seem insignificant but they are important investments when it comes to attracting and catering for visitors (let alone benefitting permanent residents year […]

Craft Beer and Best Bar

Port Lincoln continues to punch above their country town weight with accolades continuing to roll in. RDAWEP would like to congratulate Beer Garden Brewing and the Port Lincoln Hotel’s Sharkys Bar for their recent award winning efforts. Beer Garden Brewing won three medals at the national craft beer awards in Adelaide for their ‘Captain Porter’, […]

Make Time and Memories on the Eyre Peninsula

The South Australian Tourism Commission is coordinating a billboard marketing campaign. From July to October 2017 six billboards will appear at key traffic point locations across Adelaide aimed at boosting intrastate travel to the Eyre Peninsula. Featured locations include: Salt Lakes, Baird Bay, Gawler Ranges, Head of Bight and Port Lincoln. The campaign is striking […]

Two new promotional films for EP!

Two new promotional films for EP! Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) in conjunction with the SA Tourism Commission and local councils has developed two new promotional films that showcase the best of our communities and region. Franklin Harbour and Wudinna are the latest councils to take up the opportunity to produce individual […]

2017 SA Tourism Awards

Submissions for the 2017 SA Tourism Awards are due on Monday 14th August, 2017. The South Australian Tourism Awards are presented by the South Australian Tourism Industry Council and proudly supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission. Now in its 33rd year the Awards celebrate and acknowledge tourism businesses that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success throughout the year. All […]

Training Opportunities

Stepping into Leadership Program

This program will enable women in agriculture and agribusiness across South Australia to participate in professional development building personal leadership skills. Ongoing support will also be provided through individual coaching, mentoring and webinars.    read more....

TAFE SA Happenings across EP and Whyalla

Short Courses on offer:  Perform routine Manual Metal Arc Welding; Xero Business Management Cloud Computing Training; Firearms Safety Training; Machinery Training.
Health and Safety Representatives (HSR) accredited SafeWork SA Courses.
Licensing units for the trades.   read more....

Have Your Say

Lower Eyre Peninsula Council Residents – HAVE YOUR SAY

Health and Ageing The District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula (DCLEP) has partnered with the Cummins District Community Bank® in a project looking at the health and ageing needs of the community. The survey aims to ensure that local health services are maintained and improved by looking at how and where services are accessed and […]

Jobs and Skills for Regional SA – Eyre and Western

The Department of State Development needs your help to better understand and respond to industry demand and individual need for jobs and skills in regional South Australia. The Skills and Employment Division of the Department of State Development is undertaking a comprehensive engagement approach to better understand and respond effectively and appropriately to industry demand […]

Upcoming Regional Events

Resources Ready Online Information Session - Whyalla

Join RESA and Regional Development Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) in Whyalla for an information session to discover the resources opportunities available to you and your business.  read more.......

SALA Festival

The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is a state-wide festival of Visual Art held throughout August. Exhibitions are being held at many Eyre Peninsula locations including Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Port Kenny and Wudinna.  read more.....

Navigating Aged Care Services (NACs)

Life changes – be prepared An information forum in Cummins Hall on Thursday 3rd August and Tumby Bay RSL Hall on Friday 4th August will help families: Discover the options for Aged Care in your community Explore the costs, benefits and advantages of the various care options Discuss the importance of Advance Care Directives in ensuring […]

Future Jobs Fund Information Session

Support for Regional Businesses. Businesses can find out more about grants and loans available to help their business grow through the South Australian Government’s $200 million Future Jobs Fund, at a series of regional information sessions held at Whyalla 1 August and Port Lincoln 8 August. For more information visit http://www.rdawep.org.au/future-jobs-fund/ To register for an information […]

Energy Efficiency Expo and Seminar

Invitation – Make your business more energy efficient Energy costs are one of the key challenges for businesses today and ensuring that your business or building is more energy efficient can help reduce your costs and benefit the environment. Come along to the Energy Efficiency Expo and Seminar on Wednesday 9 August at the Adelaide […]

Cloud integration for regional business

Hood Sweeney, a leading supplier of professional services to small and medium businesses, is hosting a FREE event in Whyalla for regional business owners. Big business has historically spent a lot of money on building sophisticated, real-time business systems to give them a competitive advantage over small businesses. Fortunately, we now have the technology to […]

Have your say on the regulatory framework for industrial hemp in South Australia

Regulations governing the cultivation and processing of industrial hemp will be released for public consultation on 1 August 2017 with information sessions to be held in metropolitan and regional parts of the State. Information sessions for industry and interested parties will be held at the following locations, with bookings essential: Mount Gambier – Tuesday 8 […]

Whyalla Show

The annual Whyalla Show is a fantastic community event that presents rides, pavilions, animal displays, live shows, sideshows, kids activities, hot food, competitions, show bags and more. Family Ticket: $44 (admits 2 adults and their children 16 years and under) OR $22 (admits 1 adult and their children 16 years and under) Adults: Sat $12 […]

Wild Dog Enduro

3hrs of mountain biking - Whyalla
A mountain bike event for all ages and abilities.
Three events are offered on the day including the Long Course, Short Course and kids.

GMUSG Conference and Trade Expo

The 13th GMUSG Conference and Trade Expo returns to Whyalla in 2017.
South Australia's premier resource industry conference and trade expo is a must-attend event for anyone doing business in resources, energy and manufacturing.
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Elliston Speed Shear

Over $6,000 in cash and prizes to be won.
OPEN 1st Prize $2,500
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Uni SA Whyalla Open Day

Attend UniSa Whyalla Open Day on Sunday 27 August from 11am to 3pm and discover the range of study options available in the region from on-campus study to external learning or studying.  read more.....

Regional Jobs and Investment Package - Information Session

The Regional Jobs and Investment Package (RJIP) for the Upper Spencer Gulf region is a $20 million investment by the Australian Government to help diversify the regional economy, stimulate econcomic..... read more.....

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

Award Opportunity

Perks Business Boost Awards

The Perks Business Boost Awards were developed to specifically support entrepreneurial South Australians in bringing their business ideas to life, and present the opportunity for two South Australian businesses to access/win $35,000 worth of vital business services across two categories: Start-Up Business Advice entries are suited for entrepreneurs and young businesses who have been in […]

Grant Funding Opportunities

Featured Grants

Export Partnership Program - provides funding assistance for small and medium-sized businesses to access new global markets through marketing and export development opportunities. Up to $50,000.

Regional Jobs and Investment Package - Upper Spencer Gulf - Strategic Priorities from the plan include Manufacturing and Mining, Energy, Tourism, and Regional Services and Infrastructure.  Applications extended.  Read more....

Stronger Communities Programme - Provides grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 to community organisations and local government for capital projects. 

Community Grants Round 2, 2017 - The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation is partnering with BP Australia and Statoil to award grants to charitable incorporated organisations and community groups on the Eyre Peninsula.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal - The 2017 Give for Good grants program offers rural, regional and remote Australian communities grants for community-led projects.  Small Grants for Rural Communities offers grants of up to $5,000 for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia.

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.

Stay Connected

Stay connected! Not everything is posted on RDAWEP’s website so our Facebook page is another great way to keep updated. Like our Facebook page for the latest on economic development, workshops, training opportunities and grant funding for the Eyre Peninsula. Like us here:  https://www.facebook.com/RDAWhyallaEP/  

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