Enews March 2018



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Dedication to Jim Pollock at Whyalla Wetlands.

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Jim Pollock Memorial

Whyalla City Council  held a dedication ceremony in February to open the Mayor Jim Pollock Wetlands. Speakers included Deputy Mayor Jenny Barnes, Member for Giles Eddie Hughes, and close friend Geoff Brock MP who gave a short but heartfelt speech.  Minister Brock then invited Jim’s wife, Jenny to help him unveil the plaque which is […]

Evolving Climate Adaptation Planning across South Australia

South Australia is committed to building resilience to the likely impacts of climate change. The State Government and the Local Government Association (LGA) have jointly developed an integrated and strategic approach to driving adaptation action at individual, regional and local levels. Since 2008, the two levels of government have worked together to develop a climate […]

EP Community Foundation Wraps up 2017, Kicks off 2018

The EPCF recently concluded its adjourned Annual General Meeting for 2017, adopting the audited 2016/17 Financial Statements and announcing new Patrons and an Ambassador for the Foundation. Highlights of the year included: The signing of an agreement between the EPCF and Matthew Flinders Homes to provide after hours care for patients requiring end-of-life support at […]

RDAWEP Indigneous Economic Development Manager Queen’s Batonbearer

RDAWEP Indigenous Economic Development Manager Howard was one of 30 local legends selected to be part of history, joining thousands of others from the Commonwealth, in taking more than a million steps to bring the Baton to its final destination, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Starting on 13 March 2017 at Buckingham Palace, the […]

Position Vacant

Position Vacant – Economic Development Manager

About the Job ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Whyalla Office) REGION: Eyre Peninsula is a vast and unspoiled region stretching from Spencer Gulf to the Nullarbor and Gawler Ranges to Lincoln National Park. The region is famous for its magnificent coastlines, fabulous fishing, superb seafood and relaxed lifestyle. It is rich in opportunities with major developments occurring […]

Economic and Business Development

S.A. to host Australia’s first green hydrogen power plant

The South Australia government has announced funding for what will be Australia’s first renewable-hydrogen electrolyser plant – a 15MW facility to be built near the end of the grid at Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula. The “green hydrogen” plant – to be built by Hydrogen Utility (H2U), working with Germany’s thyssenkrupp – will include […]

$300,000 available to recycling businesses

Up to $300,000 in State Government funding is available to South Australian recycling businesses for activities that will strengthen local market demand for recycled materials and recycled-content products. The funding, offered through Green Industries SA, encourages South Australian businesses to invest in a broad range of market development activities to expand the market for these […]

St Hilliers – Trades Procurement for Cultana Training Area Redevelopment

St Hilliers is the head contractor for the Cultana Training Area Redevelopment and is looking to procure trades, including: Metal Work Louvers Aluminium windows Steel windows Door frames Ceramic tiling Painting Floor finishes Dry fire Supply of timber trusses Final clean For any contractors that show interest in the project, St Hilliers have to ensure that […]

Applications for the Regional Growth Fund are now open!

On 2 March 2018 the Hon Dr John McVeigh MP, Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, announced the opening for Initial Applications to the $272.2 million Regional Growth Fund. The Regional Growth Fund will provide grants of $10 million or more for major transformational projects which support long-term economic growth and create jobs […]

SA Product Register – Now Live

Building on the very successful Connecting with Business program, which includes Meet the Buyer and Supplying to Government workshops, the Office of the Industry Advocate has established the SA Product Register to highlight businesses in the State employing South Australians. The South Australian Product Register provides a FREE rating system for products manufactured or supplied in […]

Tool Kit for Australian farmers online now!

A new web-based resource has been designed to help Australian farmers cope effectively with life’s challenges and get the most out of every day. www.ifarmwell.com.au is a new, free website that has been designed in consultation with Australian farmers. It is based upon what farmers want and what research shows will help. Take a tour […]

Food Industry Development

Tasting Australia to feature Coffin Bay

South Australia’s largest food and wine festival, Tasting Australia, is putting a primary focus on regional experiences in 2018. The Festival, which is managed by the South Australian Tourism Commission, has teamed up with Alliance Airlines to deliver Tasting Australia Airlines packaging experiences to SA’s premium food and wine regions. With the festival launching from […]

Fee Relief for Oyster Industry

RDAWEP has been working with the oyster industry and Government to help address ongoing challenges caused by the POM’s virus. The following information has been provided by SARDI: Routine research, aimed at improving early detection of the POMS virus, detected the presence of the virus in feral Pacific Oysters int he Port River in February […]

Employment, Skills and Training Opportunities

Career Workshops

See if these careers are for you!  Career workshops are being held in Port Lincoln during March.  Careers include hairdressing, mining, machine operator and administration.  For more information visit www.rdawep.org.au/events

NDIS Workshops

NDIS Workshops including 'Career and Employment Opportunities for Individuals', and 'Helping Individuals Become Providers' are being held across Eyre Peninsula during March and April.  For more information visit www.rdawep.org.au/events

Marine Boost for Young Cadets

A State Government grant to the Port Lincoln Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy will support 25 cadets, aged 18 to 25, in full-time employment as part of the coastal mariner cadetship program.
The cadets will graduate with a Deckside or Engineering Certificate III qualification, allowing them to become a skipper or an engineer on certain vessels.  read more.....

Jobs and Skills for Regional SA

In 2017, the Department of State Development implemented a comprehensive community engagement process to better understand the demand and needs for jobs and skills in non-metropolitan South Australian regions. Stakeholders participated in the engagement process by completing a survey on the yourSAy website; contributing to workshops, focus groups and/or conversations with Regional Managers; and attending […]

Employing Local Youth

GFG Alliance is continuing the long‐standing tradition of employing local youth at its Whyalla operations, recently recruiting 12 new apprentices. According to Executive General Manager Whyalla Steelworks, Theuns Victor, the apprentices have been recruited from Whyalla and surrounding areas across both the Mining and Whyalla Steelworks businesses, incorporating fitters and electricians. “We’re now part of the Gupta Family […]

JOBEX seminar videos are now online!

Jobs in emerging industries was the focus of South Australia’s biggest employment exhibition – JOBEX – which was held in Adelaide, Port Augusta and Murray Bridge in November. The State Government partnered with employers including Santos, BAE Systems, Fleet Space Technologies and leading tertiary institutions to host the event, which was attended by thousands of […]

Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Disability Workforce Hub

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula is pleased to be hosting the regional Disability Workforce Hub. Funded by the Department of State Development, the Hub is a ‘one-stop-shop’ to connect job seekers, employers and training providers to help fill local job opportunities in the expanding disability sector. CLICK HERE to view the Disability Hub […]

Industry Skills Requirements through State-Nominated Skilled Migration

Annually, the South Australian Government nominates approximately 2,400 skilled migrants for a State nominated visa, with the ultimate visa granted by the Australian Government. The State has the ability to nominate skilled migrants in any of the 427 occupations. The Department of State Development is seeking industry feedback regarding known skills shortages or surpluses in […]

TAFE SA Happenings across EP and Whyalla

Short Courses on Offer
Provide First Aid, Chemical Card, Contractor's Licensing Unit, Venepuncture.  read more......

Civil Train Training Dates on EP

ONE DAY training on Offer
Work Zone Traffic Management
Locating Underground Services
Work Safely at Heights
Chainsaw-Experienced User
Elevated Work Platform
Load and Unload Plant   read more.......

For more upcoming training opportunities visit www.rdawep.org.au

Tourism Development

Calypso Star Charters Shines at the 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards

Held at the new Optus Stadium in Perth on Friday 23rd February, the awards recognise and promote excellence in tourism, showcasing the best in outstanding customer service, innovation and ongoing business excellence. Calypso Star Charters received a silver in the Tourist Attractions category which is a major achievement and one better than they went in […]

2018 SA Tourism Awards – Start Planning Now!

The 2018 South Australian Tourism Awards are just around the corner, providing a great opportunity to review your business. “Being part of the SA Tourism Awards Program is a year long focus on excellence for our team bringing benefits at all levels of our business and remarkable experiences for our customers.” – Julie Parr, Active […]

Let’s Go Caravan and Camping Show

RDAWEP, in collaboration with Streaky Bay Tourism and with the support of Local Government and tourism partners, facilitated a stand at this year’s Let’s Go Caravan and Camping Show. Just under 30,000 people attended the show at Wayville Showgrounds in Adelaide and the Eyre Peninsula and Streaky Bay stand directly engaged with approx. 1,500 potential […]

Upcoming Regional Events

South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival

The SALA Festival is a state-wide festival of Visual Art. Established in 1998, it promotes and celebrates the many talented visual artists in South Australia. The festival is the largest celebration of visual arts in Australia and it’s FREE. Held in August, SALA is wholly inclusive of every medium from sculpture, painting and photography through […]

Penong Cup 2018

A tiny township on the road across the Nullarbor Plain renowned for world class surf breaks, Penong will again hold an excellent demonstration of country racing and hospitality. This meeting is exceptionally popular among locals and tourists who visit the town over the Cup period. On course betting, catering and bar facilities will be available […]

2018 Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic

The Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic ‘catch and release’ event is in waters where Southern Bluefine Tuna are valued and respected. For more information visit www.rivieratunaclassic.com

Kimba Cup 2018

The Kimba Cup is hel at Eyre Peninsula's jewel of the racing crown, Ravendale Park in Port Lincoln.
The Kimba Cup day now holds a strong reputation as being an excellent racing day for the racing read more........

uneARTh Festival Whyalla

In 2018 the uneART Festival is happening in Whyalla once again!  The committee has been working hard to get the very best performers to delight and push those creative boundaries we all love.  A taste of the Adelaide Fringe is coming to Whyalla for the second year.   read more........

Teakle Auto Sprint

Get set for the second Teakle Auto Sprint event set on the streets of Port Lincoln!
The EP Autosports Club committee are a small group of Motorsport enthusiasts who are bringing an exciting motor sport event to regional South Australia.  read more.....

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

Grant Funding Opportunities

Featured Grants

Regional Capability Community Fund - supports rural, regional and remote communities across SA to better protect themselves from the impact of disasters, particularly fire preparedness.

Fast Movers SA - recognise the fastest growing and smartest businesses in SA.

Recycling Market Development Grants - for activities that will strengthen local market demand for recycled materials and recycled-content products.

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.

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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