Enews April 2019


E-NEWS | April 2019

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Image:  Fageol railcar (know as 'The Bus') at Rudall on the Kimba to Port Lincoln line, 1950s. 
In the 1930's, road buses from the 1920's were converted to rail for passenger transport.  
The building was built in 1910 and was the Railway Engineer's office in Port Lincoln before being dismantled and transported to Rudall in the 1930s. 
Photographer Dr Reece Jennings, courtesy of Eyre Peninsula Railway Preservation Society Inc (Port Lincoln Railway Museum).

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Economic and Business Development

Eyre Peninsula Freight Study Released

The State Government has released the Eyre Peninsula Freight Study having now secured $100 million from the Federal Government to upgrade the South Australia section of the Port Augusta to Perth corridor. It has been identified that a package of road upgrades is the best option to cater for future freight movements in the region […]

Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) Successful Projects

Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development has announced that Eyre Peninsula has received more than $3.2 million towards four projects under Round Three of the Building Better Regions Fund. The District Council of Franklin Harbour was successful in their application for $3,000,000 towards the $6,471,300 Healthy […]

3 New Mobile Base Stations for Eyre Peninsula

Eyre Peninsula will benefit from improved mobile coverage and more reliable communications under Round 4 of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program. Federal Minister for Regional Services Senator Bridget McKenzie has announced the locations of 29 new base stations in South Australia, including Eyre Peninsula’s Baird Bay, Borthwick Hill and Buckleboo. “Greater availability of […]

Population, Business Confidence to Benefit from Regional DAMA

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) is pleased with the announcement of the Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA), which will boost population and improve business confidence in South Australia’s regions. Regional Development South Australia chairman, Rob Kerin said the DAMA would help the State’s regions to secure up to $20 billion of investment […]

Tourism Update

Creek to Coast Visit a Great Success

Queensland fishing and tourism television program Creek to Coast had a successful week filming in the region in March. The team filmed fishing for King George whiting and tuna around Coffin Bay, swimming with the sea lions in Baird Bay and a weekend trip to the Gawler Ranges across the week. Series producer Rebecca Fawcett […]

Eyre Peninsula Tourism Blog

Goodbye to a great year, hello to a Great White. While most people choose to celebrate New Year’s Eve at a party or bar, I said goodbye to 2018 in a different fashion. Monday December 31 2018, I took a very literal plunge and went shark cage diving. We were an eager group, up bright […]


Strategy to Boost NDIS Workforce

The Australian Government has released a comprehensive strategy to create thousands of new jobs and help businesses plan for the future with new data unveiled on projected areas of demand in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) market. Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher said the NDIS will be one of the largest […]

NDIS Transition Assistance Funding

Transition Assistance Funding is available to support providers looking to deliver National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) services to transition to the NDIS market and grow their business. Under the Boosting the Local Care Workforce (BLCW) Program, eligible service providers are able to apply for Transition Assistance Funding valued at up to $20,000 (excluding GST) to […]

Skills Development

GPSA Emerging Leaders Program

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN Grain Producers SA (GPSA) has launched its Emerging Leaders Program, modelled on the highly successful SAFF Future Leaders Program that was established in the early 2000’s and is now seeking the first round of applicants. The program is adapted for contemporary leadership challenges including social media and director responsibilities and will serve […]

Skilling SA – Building Capability Projects

Applications are now open for eligible Training Providers to develop Building Capability Projects. Up to a maximum of $30,000 is available as once-off support for projects across three categories: Innovation: innovative delivery to apprentices, trainees and for employers Development: building training provider capability to develop industry responsive accredited courses Research: research and development to grow […]

Have Your Say

SA Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Plan

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR) is creating a new plan for infrastructure related to sport and recreation in South Australia. The plan will identify the infrastructure needed to support sports participation from the grass roots level through to our elite athletes. It will also identify infrastructure opportunities for those members of our […]

Scholarships and More

Read more about the following scholarship opportunities HERE

Food and Beverage Support Payments - to further skills within SA's food and beverage industries.

Nursing Scholarships - to further their career and enhance professional development.

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.

Training Opportunities

CEG  Port Lincoln: Forklift, White Card, Confined Space, Working at Heights, Elevating Work Platform.

Civil Train Port Lincoln: Working at Heights, Work Zone Traffic Management.

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

Governors Aboriginal Youth Awards 2019

In partnership with the SA Government, the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, is pleased to announced the Call for Nominations for the Governor's Aboriginal Youth Awards.
Nominations are encouraged from young South Australian people aged between 15 and 29 years who are pursuing success in either Sport or the Arts.
Nominations close 10 April 2019
For more information including criteria, guidelines and nomination forms visit www.dpc.sa.gov.au/governors-aboriginal-youth-awards

Upcoming Regional Events

Regional Accelerator Music Program – Discovery Roundtable Port Lincoln

As a valued member of the Port Lincoln music ecosystem, the Minister for Industry and Skills (Hon David Pisoni MP) invites you to the RAMP Music Discovery Roundtable: The Roundtable is part of the Regional Accelerator Music Program (RAMP) which is designed to increase live music in South Australia. The Roundtable will be opened by Minister Pisoni and will […]

Build a CV and Write a Cover Letter – Port Lincoln

This training is for people who want to build their CV from scratch or just want to refresh their existing one.  It covers the key components of a CV and how you can use digital tools to provide an edge when building a CV.  They will also provide best practice tips for writing a cover […]

Regional Accelerator Music Program – Discovery Roundtable Whyalla

As a valued member of the Whyalla music ecosystem, you are invited to participate in the RAMP Music Discovery Roundtable. The Roundtable is part of the Regional Accelerator Music Program (RAMP) which is designed to increase live music in regional South Australia. The workshop will give an opportunity for local music venues and related businesses, regional economic […]

Colour Tumby Street Art Festival 2019

Colour Tumby Street Art Festival returns in 2019 bigger and better thanks in large part to an Australian Government grant via the Building Better Regions Fund, along with local and national sponsorships. 2019 will see 11 wonderfully talented street artists visit Tumby Bay from across the globe including two local street artists collaborating together for […]

The Universe and the future of space – Wudinna

For one night only, Australian National University (ANU) superstar Astrophysicist Dr Brad Tucker will visit Wudinna to talk about the Universe and the future of space followed by an evening of stargazing with the audience. In the past few decades, rapid progress in technology has led to a complete change in our view of the Universe. […]

Growing Together – Cowell

Growing Together is a community event for drought affected regions. The 2 day event will be a full weekend of information, connection, support and importantly fun for all! The weekend will include: guest speakers, including David Head & Sam Kekovich entertainment by ‘Weezil’ food a fun run a jumping castle and more! Free workshop tickets, […]

Streaky Bay Markets

Come along to the massive Streaky Bay Craft and Produce Markets and support talented West Coast Makers – from artisans and wine makers, to home cooks and small businesses. With over 40 stalls, including Handcrafted Jewellery, Nuts & Dried Fruit, Homemade Cakes, handmade Candles and soaps, Health products, local art, up-cycled goods, Face painting, craft […]

uneARTh Festival Whyalla

This Easter the Ada Ryan Gardens in Whyalla come alive with a program bursting with local talent and touring artists – from circus, music, cabaret and more! 2019 will delve into the conversation around identity. The 2019 Film Festival will officially open the uneARTh Festival on Friday April 12 at the Middleback Arts Centre. Thirsty […]

SALT Festival 2019

The SALT festival, held on Southern Eyre Peninsula, provides a platform for artists and contributors to showcase their ideas and to interact.   It is an opportunity to make connections across topics and genres to build a new and innovative community. SALT celebrates the impact of people converging through creative practice in arts, innovation, conferences and […]

Taste of Streaky Bay – Long Table Lunch on the Bay

Streaky Bay Tourist Promotions has partnered with the National Wine Centre of Australia – winner of multiple ‘Best Functions Venue’ awards – to create a unique dining experience  with a magnificent view of some of the world’s most beautiful coastline. The inaugural ‘A Taste of Streaky Bay- Long Table Lunch on the Bay’ is perfect for […]

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

Funding Opportunities

Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation – Community Grants 2019

The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation (EPCF) offers small grants of up to $2,000 each to community organisations. In 2019 a grant round will be held in September/October with successful applicants to receive their grants at the Annual General Meeting in November. The Board will also consider applications prior to the grant round for projects that […]

Featured Grants

Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Projects – Organisations – funds activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public.  Round two closes 4 June.

Cultural Fund Organisations Grants – for projects that deliver opportunities for authors, journalists, artists and key industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors. Round One closes 13 May

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

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.

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

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program – to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and to involve people in projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women.  Ongoing

Independent Grocers of Australia – IGA Community Chest – to support local communities, charities and other worthwhile causes.  Ongoing

National Library of Australia – Community Heritage Grants – to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible. Closing 6 May

The Institute of Technology in Australia and New Zealand – Website Grant – to help charities turn their website from a brochure site to a data-driven website, marketing and fundraising tool.  Ongoing

Multicultural Grants Program 2019-20 - features four streams of funding to support our multicultural communities.  Close 17 May and 31 May

Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) – helps communities to support one another through the ongoing affects of the drought.  Closes 30 April

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).

The Norman Wettenhall Foundation – Small Environment Grants Scheme – for projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment.  Four rounds per year.

Advancing Renewables Program – to develop renewable energy technologies. Ongoing

SA Water Partnerships Program – focussed on community events and programs that have a clear link to water use and SA Water’s vision of delivering world class water services. Closes 19 May

Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing Grants
Active Club Program – helps with facility upgrades and, program and equipment. Closes 17 April
Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program – to establish or improve sport and active recreation facilities. Closes 17 April

Australian Sports Foundation – Sport4Everyone – funding projects and activities that increase participation in grassroots and community sport through small grants.  Closes 22 April

Women’s Leadership and Development Program – for one-off or small-scale projects that contribute towards the Australian Government’s priorities for women.  Closing 28 June

SA’s Industry Leaders Fund – to study or obtain experience that will help applicants achieve their leadership capability more quickly and effectively. Closes 31 May.

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. 

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


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