E-news: February 2020


E-NEWS | February 2020

Federal Government supports Cape Hardy (see full story below).

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New Executive Officer for EPLGA

The Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association (EPLGA) has announced its newly appointed Executive Officer Mr Peter Scott, who has replaced Tony Irvine who retired at the end of 2019. EPLGA President, Mayor Sam Telfer says the appointment of Peter is another step towards helping ensure the best outcomes for members and ratepayers.  Peter Scott brings […]

Premier Visits EP

Premier Steven Marshall visits Eyre Peninsula Considering Premier Steven Marshall’s busy schedule which has been compounded by the recent bushfires, he managed to include a visit to Eyre Peninsula. It was very pleasing that in his role as Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Minister for Tourism he visited three of the sites in the Far […]

Funding for Certificate III in Rural Operations Training

RDAWEP has been successful in its application to the Department for Innovation and Skills to fund a training program for Certificate III in Rural Operations across Eyre Peninsula for twenty students. Certificate III in Rural Operations – Course Code AHC 32816 – Delivered by TAFE SA – 36 months (can be Part Time and can […]

Multi Trades Students Graduate

The 2019 Multi Trades class graduated at a ceremony held at the Westland Hotel at the end of December. The Multi Trades program focuses on basic skills that prepare people for work, supported by mentoring. During 2016 RDAWEP worked with members of the Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Heavy Industry Cluster, TAFE SA and the Department […]


Southern Launch and Koonibba Community partnership on track for lift off

A space testing information day was held at Koonibba on Thursday 30 January following months of planning between Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation (KCAC) and Southern Launch, with support provided by Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP). School children, teaching and support staff, CDP participants, Eyreplus representatives and community members were all keen to […]

$25 million to support Cape Hardy Port Precinct

The Federal Government will provide $25 million to support the Cape Hardy Port Precinct in South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the investment would support a multi-commodity deep-water port at Cape Hardy. “This proposal will bring together agriculture, mining, green manufacturing and indigenous […]

SACOME – $2 million in scholarships in mining and petroleum engineering

A partnership between the resources sector, the State Government and the Playford Trust will provide over $2 million in scholarships for students enrolling in mining and petroleum engineering at the University of Adelaide over the next five years. This industry and government initiative recognises the growing demand nationally for mining and petroleum engineers. A total […]



Thoughts are with all those people who have been affected by the bushfires in the Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, other areas of SA and also nationally. A big thank you to the people of Eyre Peninsula who have made financial donations, supplied goods by way of clothing or household items, provided hay and feed for […]

AdvanceAG – SA’s first AgTech Showcase

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is proud to present AdvanceAg – South Australia’s first AgTech showcase. AdvanceAg will discuss the latest thinking in AgTech innovation and demonstrate its practical application and benefits on-farm through case studies from fellow producers, AgTech developers, and known industry leaders. South Australia’s primary industries are vitally important to the […]

Farmers looking to restore paddock pH

Eyre Peninsula farmers keen to address acidifying paddock soils are invited to register for workshops as part of the EP Farming Acid Soils Champions program. Aiming to bring land managers together to tackle emerging acid soil areas at risk, the program includes two free workshops supported by Natural Resources EP (NREP) through funding from the […]


Accelerating Commercialisation

Free information session to help your business. Find out how the Entrepreneurs’ Programme can help you commercialise your novel products, processes and services. You are invited to an interactive and practical information session on the services and grants offered through Accelerating Commercialisation. This information session will show how your business can: * get expert guidance […]


Changes to Household Concessions

Are you now eligible? Concessions SA administers a range of concessions to help South Australians on low or fixed incomes with the cost of household expenses. These include targeted concessions, such as for utilities bills, and the Cost of Living Concession, which can be used at the customer’s discretion. Over the past year the application […]

3 EP Towns shortlisted to receive Mental Health Funding

Congratulations to the communities of Ceduna, Cummins and Kimba who have been shortlisted to receive mental health funding. ‘Our Town‘ is a long-term mental health funding initiative, which will see the Fay Fuller Foundation provide funding and support to South Australian towns and regions for up to 10 years. The initiative seeks to fund and […]

Lincoln Local – support local business/community

Get on board and support local business and the community and visit Lincoln Local at 65 Mortlock Terrace, Port Lincoln. This shop has everything and more and showcases lots of local produce including a delicious range of homemade jams and preserves, local honey, fresh free range eggs, and a gorgeous gift gallery filled with specialised […]

Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation wraps up 2019

The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation (EPCF) recently conducted its Annual General Meeting for 2019, including the adoption of the audited 2018/19 Financial Statements. The vision of the Foundation is to provide a lasting legacy for future generations on the Eyre Peninsula. EPCF Chair Majella Mrdjen said “We continue to undertake philanthropic activities including building the […]

Alert SA – Download the App

Alert SA Mobile App The Alert SA Mobile App provides timely, relevant bushfire information to the South Australian community for the 2019-2020 bushfire season. Download the App:     Staying Informed When staying informed of hazards, never rely on one source of information, as sometimes technology can fail during an emergency. Awareness of other information […]


Parks of the Coffin Bay Area Management Plan – draft amendments

Share your views on the proposed changes to the Parks of the Coffin Bay Area Management Plan 2004. The Parks of the Coffin Bay Area Management Plan (incorporating Kellidie Bay Conservation Park) states that existing lease holders will be granted life tenure for shacks in the park and once the lease expires the shacks will be […]

Growing South Australia’s Hi-Tech Sector

‘Growth State: our plan for prosperity’ is an initiative to promote industry growth by responding to their needs and leveraging South Australia’s competitive advantages. Key sectors with strong growth prospects have been identified as part of this plan, including the Hi-Tech sector. Your ideas are being sought on how SA can focus its efforts within […]

Growing South Australia’s Creative Industries

‘Growth State: our plan for prosperity’ is the South Australian Government’s plan to promote industry growth. Key sectors with strong growth prospects have been identified as part of this plan, including the creative industries. Creative Industry representatives are invited to explore the opportunities and challenges associated with their sectors and contribute to Growth State by […]


Survey – Impact on Tourism from Bushfires and Eyre Highway Closure

Australia’s recent bushfires have received significant international media coverage leading to a perception that much of Australia is affected by bushfires.  RDAWEP have received anecdotal reports from tourism operators on the Eyre Peninsula the impact the bushfires have had on their business which included the unprecedented closure of the Eyre Highway for 12 days. For […]

Funding Applications – Regional Events & Festivals and Community Events Development Fund

Organisers of tourism events and festivals held in the Eyre Peninsula are invited to apply for the grant to support marketing and publicity activities which will help bolster event attendance, promote the region and grow the visitor economy.  The State Government’s funding streams incorporate the 2020/2021 Regional Events & Festivals Program and the Community Events […]

Port Lincoln Cruise Ship Schedule 2020

The City of Port Lincoln is ready to welcome the cruise ships for the 2020 summer season. New ships will be visiting Port Lincoln, the Sun Princess, Albatros, and the Pacific Aria. Approximately 60 volunteers are ready to assist with the Cruise Ship Welcome Program. Some volunteers have been volunteering for almost ten years and […]

Visitor Economy Summit

The Tourism Industry Council South Australia (TiCSA) is hosting a South Australian Visitor Economy Summit with the Premier of South Australia and Minister for Tourism – The Hon Steven Marshall MP. This exciting event will provide a unique opportunity for the government and industry leaders to come together and have a constructive conversation on how […]


Reducing Suicide in SA's Country Areas - Awareness Training

Tuesday 18 February, 6.30pm at Streaky Bay Visitor Information Centre

Streaky Bay and Districts Medical Clinic Gala Ball

Saturday 29 February, 6.00pm at the Old Bowling Green, Streaky Bay 

Day on Dorward - Free community picnic supporting bushfire victims

Sunday 1 March, 11.00am - 7.00pm at Dorward Oval, North Shields

Port Lincoln Cup

Friday 6 March, 11.00am at Port Lincoln Racecourse

Digital Marketing for Tourism Businesses

Tuesday 10 March, 10.15am - 1.30pm at the District Council of Kimba

Digital Marketing for Tourism Businesses

Wednesday 11 March, 10.15am - 3.00pm at the Hilton Motel, Port Lincoln 

2020 Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic

Friday 13 - Sunday 15 March at Port Lincoln 

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


Career Employment Group:
Port Lincoln
Forklift: 17-18 February
Working at Heights: 20 February
Confined Spaces: 21 February

Working at Heights: 3 March
Confined Spaces:  5 March
White Card: 10 March
Forklift: 12-13 March
Dogging: 16-20 March

For more training opportunities visit https://www.rdawep.org.au/news/training-opportunities/


Featured Funding / Grants

Australia–China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement 2020 - The Australian Government is inviting applications through an open competitive process to deliver projects and trade missions. The program operates under a treaty-level agreement between the Australian and Chinese governments. The beneficiaries of the ACACA grant opportunity are Australian agriculture, fisheries, meat, forestry, regulatory, biosecurity and food safety industries, organisations, businesses and individuals, including their respective industry or sectors, who are seeking to enhance cooperation between Australia and China. Applications close 12 February 2020.

There are two funding streams available:
Stream 1 - must be for an eligible project activity undertaken in Australia and/or China.
Stream 2 - must be for a trade mission to China only.

Traceability Grants Program – Round 1  - The Australian Government is inviting applications through an open competitive process to apply to deliver services under this Program. Applications close 21 February 2020. The objectives of the program are:

  • to support industry projects that will enhance our agricultural supply chain traceability systems, including developing and trialling technologies that digitise information flow
  • to provide an advantage for our exporters in overseas markets to assist them in maintaining their competitive edge
  • to increase opportunities to export Australian commodities.

Package Assisting Small Exporters program - The Australian Government is inviting applications to apply to deliver activities under the Package Assisting Small Exporters program. Under the program, grants are available to organisations and individuals for projects that support small exporters in the dairy, fish, eggs, grain, plant, horticulture, meat and animal products industries to overcome barriers to market access. The intended outcome of the program is for small exporters (and potential small exporters) to increase their participation in the export sector. Closes 28 February 2020. 

Fishing for Tourism - Charter Boat Diversification Program - has been established to:

  • expand and strengthen the charter boat sector by co-investing in projects to enhance charter boat operators’ offering as a tourism experience
  • broaden tourism offerings that will be attractive to the domestic and international tourism and visitor market
  • position the sector for strong future growth in the nature-based tourism sector.

Through the ‘Fishing for Tourism’ program, the State Government is committing $500,000 to support diversification in the charter boat sector. Closes 28 February 2020.

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) - National Critical Infrastructure Initiative: 2019 Rural, Regional and Remote Clinical Trial Enabling Infrastructure Grant Opportunity.

The objective of this competitive, national grant opportunity is to support new and innovative approaches to enhancing and improving clinical trial infrastructure (including facilities, research equipment, systems and services), and to extend existing or provide new clinical trials into rural, regional and remote areas.

Up to $100 million is available over five years from 2020-21 to 2024-25. The minimum grant amount is $5 million and the maximum grant amount is $100 million.

Applications for the 2019 Rural, Regional and Remote Clinical Trial Enabling Infrastructure Grant Opportunity will open on 10 December 2019 and close at 5.00pm  on 3 March 2020.

RAA Grassroots Giving - designed to support members, their communities and the causes they’re passionate about – all right here in SA. You can only apply online for funding up to $5,000 (GST included) per year. Areas of focus include: helping disadvantaged and vulnerable South Australians; supporting youth in need; shining a light on cultural diversity and the environment; encouraging innovation and wellbeing; and assisting local community groups and events. Round 2 Funding opens on 17 February and closes on 16 March 2020. 

Multicultural Celebrate Together Grant - the Celebrate Together grants are to assist multicultural organisations to host festivals and events, which showcase their rich diverse culture and customs with the wider South Australian community. 

  • Large Grantsfrom $5001 to $30 000 are available to eligible multicultural organisations for festivals and events to be delivered within 12 months, commencing in July 2020. There are matched funding requirements for applicants requesting Large Grants. Large Grants applications that are not successful may also be considered for Small Grants.
  • Small Grants are valued up to $5000. The first round will be for events held between 1 July 2020 and 31 December 2020 and the second round will be for events held between 1 January 2021 and 30 June 2021.

Applications for Large Grants and Small Grants (Round 1) are now open and close on 31 March 2020 at 5pm.
Applications for Small Grants (Round 2) will open on 3 August 2020 and close on 30 September 2020 at 5pm.

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.

Strengthening Rural Communities - The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to apply for funding that can support broad community needs. The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and with applications being accepted all year round, communities have increased access to funds that can be used where and when a community knows it’s needed.

DPTI - Boat Launching Facilities - Boat owners who would like improvements made to the facilities they regularly use should approach their local council, which has the expertise to prepare a detailed funding assistance application. Stage One applications are open now and are for developments over $1million and high risk. Stage Two applications are for low cost and low risk applications and will open again in Early 2020.

Landcare - Landcare and community groups can submit a project summary using our online Expression of Interest (EoI) form. Each project summary will be reviewed and kept on file by Landcare Australia, and if a suitable funding partner of funding stream identified, groups may be invited to submit a more detailed application. Ongoing.

Coast Participation Grants - The Coast Protection Board’s Coastal Participation Grants support volunteer groups to partner with local government to undertake small-scale coastal management initiatives. Grants of up to $10,000 are available.  Ongoing.

Sporting Schools - Funding is available for schools to deliver Sporting Schools programs before, during or after school hours using one of our NSO partners.
Sporting Schools offers funding programs for both Primary and Secondary Schools.

$100 Sport Vouchers Program - * Now includes swimming lessons at recognised Swim Schools *
The program is open for parents and carers who are now able to claim $100 sport vouchers for their primary school aged children (from Reception to Year 7), to use towards the cost of sport or dance club fees or memberships.

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.

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

For more funding opportunities visit https://www.rdawep.org.au/news/grant-funding-opportunities/
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