Enews September 2017



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Economic and Business Development

Whyalla celebrates new steelworks ownership

Whyalla is celebrating as the handover of the city’s biggest employer the steelworks is complete, promising a brighter future. After months of uncertainty, what use to be Arrium OneSteel has been unveiled as Liberty OneSteel after it was bought by British company GFG Alliance’s Liberty business. And in a further boost to Whyalla, GFG Executive […]

Oz Minerals’ $916m Carrapateena Project approved

OZ Minerals’ Chairman, Rebecca McGrath, has announced that the Board had approved the development of the approximately $916 million Carrapateena mine, Australia’s largest undeveloped copper project, located 160 km north of Port Augusta in South Australia. “The Board decision represents the next stage in the company’s development. This is an exciting time for OZ Minerals. […]

$600 million Olympic Dam investment

More great news for the Upper Spencer Gulf and GMUSG members. Olympic Dam Asset President, Jacqui McGill has announced a major upgrade of BHP’s Olympic Dam smelter and underground mining operations. At the peak of the upgrade project, BHP expect 1,300 contractor personnel will be onsite to work around the clock to deliver the upgrade. […]

Upper Spencer Gulf declared an Economic Participation Region

South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis announced the Upper Spencer Gulf an Economic Participation Region for the next four years, under the State Government’s Industry Participation Policy, at the 13th GMUSG conference and trade expo held in Whyalla. As a result, all new capital work and maintenance contracts to be carried out in the region will […]

Port of Thevenard – Update

Works to implement the short term solution to allow recommencement of bulk loader operations at the Port of Thevenard continue to progress smoothly. Major support works comprising eight new piles and four new column supports have been successfully installed at the jetty. The works are now focussed on demolition and steelwork installation. Demolition of four […]

Farming Together

Farming Together – a resource for primary producers to help you value-add, build marketplace strength and boost returns. The program’s main goals are to: improve farm profitability (at farm gate and along the supply chain) by providing expert support and financial assistance enable increased collaboration in Australian agriculture. The Australian Government has invested $14,934,000 (inc […]

Growing SA 2017 Conference

In case you missed it… The inaugural Annual Conference of South Australia’s grains and livestock industries was held at Hahndorf on Friday 11 August. If you missed the event… here’s a snapshot of the news and views.

New Charter for RDAs Announced

The Regional Development Australia (RDA) network will be refocused to attract investment and jobs to their region, announced the Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash. The announcement follows the independent review into RDA committees and their effectiveness by the Hon Warwick L Smith AM. Following consideration of the findings and recommendations contained in the independent […]

Ageing Well Revolution Conference

South Australia’s ageing population is set to rise by more than 70% by 2050, according to the Economic Development Board of SA. The number of South Australians aged 65 and over will grow by 42% by 2030 (394,000) and 74% by 2050, says the board’s chair, Raymond Spencer. This will allow businesses to capitalise on the ‘ageing […]

SA’s top food and wine influencers continue as ambassadors

A group of passionate South Australian food and wine identities have signed on to continue in their role as Premium Food and Wine Ambassadors. The ambassadors, who are highly respected and passionate advocates for South Australian products, are Michael Angelakis AM, Victoria Angove, Ray Borda, Simon Bryant, Jim Carreker [...]

St Hilliers Cultana Redevelopment EOI

St Hilliers Property Pty Ltd has been appointed as the Head Contractor for the above project. All subcontractors and suppliers interested in tendering for the below works are requested to submit an Expression of Interest to the contact below so that an Invitation to Tender with the relevant documentation can be issued [...]

Tourism Development

IFISH TV comes to Eyre Peninsula

Paul Worsteling, Shane Mensforth and the IFISH with Tackleworld TV crew filmed in and around Port Lincoln and Coffin Bay at the end of August and will hopefully have enough footage and fish to put together a full episode of IFISH TV and three half hour segments showcasing the lower Eyre Peninsula. RDAWEP worked hard […]

Seafood Frontier Touring Route

Locals and travellers on the coastal route around the Eyre Peninsula will soon see new welcome and farewell signs (located just prior to Whyalla and at the Head of the Bight). The signs will recognise that you are now entering or exiting the Seafood Frontier. Reinforcement signs, similar in concept to Route 66 road signage […]

Kimba Silo Art – Start Your Ignition

Artist Cam Scale is well underway in turning Viterra’s Kimba Silos into a dramatic welcome to locals and visitors to the outback of Eyre Peninsula.  Now is the time to travel if you want to catch a glimpse of the artist at work. Joining South Australia’s burgeoning silo art trail and setting the scene for […]

Community Development

Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation

The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation enables the people of the Eyre Peninsula to proactively contribute to the long term benefit of our region by building community endowment, addressing local needs through charitable grant-making and encouraging philanthropy [...]

Training Opportunities

TAFE SA Happenings across EP and Whyalla

Short courses on offer: Computers for Beginners; Design & Create Professional Organisational Documents; Creating a Business Website; Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Word for Beginners; Using Personal Devices; Advanced Features of Excel, Word & Access. Health and Safety Representatives (HSR) accredited SafeWork SA Courses.
Licensing units for the trades [...]

Upcoming Regional Events

Nature of Eyre Peninsula Conference

Bookings for Nature of Eyre Peninsula Conference open. Nature and science lovers and those who want to learn more about Eyre Peninsula’s geological history are encouraged to come along to a two-day conference to be held in Coffin Bay next month. Bookings are now open for the conference, which is presented by Natural Resources Eyre […]

SA Rural Women’s Gathering 2017

Registrations are open for the 21st SA Rural Women’s Gathering to be held in Cleve on Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th September, 2017. This year’s theme ‘Secrets on Eyre’ has a mystical approach to what lies ahead and a sense of wanting to open the door and let the journey begin! Enjoy an array of […]

Coffin Bay – A Day on the Bay

A day on the bay. A unique food and wine event held at various venues throughout idyllic Coffin Bay. A relaxing, fun, family day out showcasing Coffin Bay’s famous local oysters and other tantalising dishes and experiences. See the oyster beds, smell the salt air and dodge the emus. Come and savour the oysters at […]

Ceduna Oysterfest 2017

Celebrated every South Australia Labor Day Long Weekend, Oysterfest is a genuine grassroots festival that is fast gathering a national profile. The Oysterfest continues to be a celebration of a sense of place for the local community, and a delightful destination for visitors. The 2017 Ceduna Oysterfest is set to be another spectacular showcase of […]

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

Scholarship Opportunity

Australian Rural Leadership Program

Applications are currently open for Course 25 of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP). This is the 25th course of the program and will take place over 15 months from July 2018 to October 2019. The ARLP is designed for individuals who will lead rural, regional and remote Australia into the future. It offers a series […]

Grant Funding Opportunities

Featured Grants

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.  

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

Office for Recreation and SportApplications now open for the Active Club Program, Sporting Surfaces Program and Female Facilities Program.

ILC National Readiness Grants - Creating the foundations for a consistent approach to inclusion of people with disability across Australia.

Office for the Ageing Community Grants – Applications are open for Grants for Seniors or Positive Ageing Grants.

Heywire - giving young people in regional Australia an opportunity to tell their stories through a number of ABC media platforms. Three massive grant opportunities available.

Jetstar Flying Start Programme - apply for a grant to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community.

SunSuper’s Dreams for a Better World - all about giving back to the community with a $150,000 annual grant pool to make it happen.

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

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