E-news: September 2022


September 2022

We welcome new Members to our Board - Pam Schlink; Joshua Telfer and Matt Waller

Pictured L to R- CEO Ryan Viney, Deputy Chair Malcolm Catt, Member Matt Waller, Member Joshua Telfer, Chair Bryan Trigg and Member Pam Schlink 

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General Meeting held at Cleve

The RDAEP Board held its 72nd meeting at Cleve on 19 August 2022 and welcomed new Members Pam Schlink, Joshua Telfer and Matt Waller. 

Thank you Mayor Cameron and CEO David Penfold for hosting our meeting; it was great to hear about all the projects Council has underway.

Joint Strategic Regional Plan to be developed

Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula (RDAEP), in partnership with the Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association (EPLGA) and Landscapes SA Eyre Peninsula Board, are jointly seeking to prepare a new Strategic Regional Plan 2023-2026. RDAEP is now commencing stakeholder engagement to inform the plan’s development, and as such have provided a fact sheet and survey. Please […]

Project Update 

Regional Leadership Program

RDAEP, with funding from the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) has committed to a program to enhance leadership capacity across the region. The survey results indicated strategic planning; cultural change; governance; and advocacy were in need of further investment.  RDAEP is hoping for training to be delivered early 2023 with the next step to define the scope of training for the region, then call for tender for a service provider.

Eyre Peninsula Brand Workshops

15 years since Eyre Peninsula’s current brand was launched, a review is being undertaken to assess the relevance of it to our region and to ensure Eyre’s positioning moving forward provides a holistic and inclusive regional identity. Join Fuller senior strategists; Will Fuller and Jordaine Chattaway, to discuss the challenges and opportunities of our current brand and explore what a refreshed positioning could look like. In this series of workshops the team will use insights from the August marketing and brand survey completed by 142 community members and further regional research to uncover what could work for our region as a whole.

If you are passionate about the Eyre Peninsula brand identity, we would love to hear from you. Please RSVP using the links below to your preferred workshop location. Registrations close 7 days prior.

 Workshop Registration:

  • Tue 4 October 9:30am: Ceduna RSVP
  • Wed 5 October 9:30am: Port Lincoln RSVP
  • Tue 18th October 9:30am: Whyalla RSVP
  • Wed 19th October 9:30am: Wudinna RSVP

While in person is the preferred method of engagement, a 5th online workshop will be held on 25 October, from 10:00 – 11:00am. Register your interest to attend the online workshop by emailing annabelle.hender@rdaep.org.au

For more info visit: https://www.rdaep.org.au/economic.../tourism-development/

Regional Marketing Plan

Tourism eSchool are the agency tasked to develop the Eyre Peninsula Tourism Marketing Plan. This forms one of the activities agreed with SATC Marketing for the Co-op marketing for FY21/22 and will strengthen the marketing position of the Eyre Peninsula. Tourism e School have commenced this project and are working will Fuller (the brand agency) to align efforts.   

The outcome of this new Plan is to provide direction to RDAEP for the next 3 – 5 years. It’s an opportunity for EP tourism to refine its best visitors for the region, and how to focus responsible marketing activities to reach them in the current volatile climate, both at a regional level, as well as local level.

Eyes on Eyre – Online Camping Project

Work has continued to ready Point Gibbon for online bookings, which went live on 1 August. Delineation works and the signage installation was completed in late June/July. Additionally, the Wi-Fi node originally installed at Port Gibbon has been relocated to Point Gibbon to facilitate online bookings onsite.

Delineation works also continue at Walker’s Rocks and have commenced at Fishery Bay with the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula.

These works were funded via grant funding obtained by RDAEP from the Department of Environment and Water and were awarded via an expression of interest process, with co-contribution from councils. The $500k in funding allowed for progression of the Eyes on Eyre Concept Design Report and proved a sustainable model for improved campground management.  

Funding under the Landscape Priority Board, which closed on May 26, has been allocated to Whyalla City Council (Fitzgerald Bay), District Council of Cleve (Redbanks), District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula (Farm Beach and Greenly Beach) and the District Council of Streaky Bay (Speeds Point and Perlubie). $300,000 of the funding was allotted in this round, with further rounds to be opened in the future.

Eyes on Eyre is a mechanism to facilitate a consistent and collaborative approach to tourism on the Eyre Peninsula.  The Eyes on Eyre Working Group is a joint initiative of Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula (RDAEP), the Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association (EPLGA), Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board (EPLB), the Department for Environment and Water (DEW), and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA). Its vision is to “enhance the Eyre Peninsula as a distinctive, cultural and remarkable world-class destination, underpinned by the character of its local communities and coupled with the conservation and protection of its pristine environment.”

For more info on Eyes on Eyre visit: https://www.rdaep.org.au/eyes-on-eyre/

EP Tourism Network SharePoint Page

The EP Tourism Network SharePoint page was recently launched with the aim to provide members of the tourism industry and businesses with timely updates and access to information in one place. The site includes business resources, tourism plans, data on tourism in the region, marketing content and more. Join here: 


No access?
Email annabelle.hender@rdaep.org.au with your Microsoft email address to gain access to the site (e.g. outlook, hotmail etc, not gmail)

Regional Work SA Project (RWSAP)

RDAEP have now advertised over 3,400 positions from across the region. Following previous trends, the largest number of vacancies listed in the last period were in the healthcare and social assistance (17.08%) and ‘other services’ sector (15.07%), which includes trade services.

Engagement continues with job seekers expressing an interest in working in the region.

Migration /Visa

RDAEP has been liaising with the Department of Home Affairs to provide assistance to several farming and aquaculture businesses employing workers on Visas.

Visa rules have changed in the past year with regard to enforced Covid restrictions and then the repening of the borders.  Having regard to that, RDAEP with the Department, are organising information sessions to be held on the Eyre Peninsula for the benefit of employers. 

RDA Adelaide are also coordinating a survey of the hospitality and aged care industry sectors on the value of migrants in the workforce and RDAEP have been providing details of local businesses who are willing to participate. It is intended that the survey results will be used to influence Federal Government policy in this matter.

RWCCP – RDAEP Place Based Project - Accommodation Needs

Significant work has been undertaken to progress the Place Based Accommodation Project, including engagement with the real estate and building industries.

A survey was sent to real estate agencies around the Eyre Peninsula, seeking information about rental and sales rates. A common theme amongst respondents was the lack of rental properties available, confirming anecdotal evidence.

Businesses in the residential building industry were also contacted, with two workshops held on 20 July. While participation levels were low, the feedback from those who either took part in the workshops or provided written responses highlighted increasing material costs and wait times, issues with attracting qualified tradespeople and overall pressure on the industry. While this also confirmed anecdotal evidence, there was also feedback regarding caps on builders and the role this is potentially playing on new start home builds.

RDAEP also contacted key employers in the region, following which a survey was produced to determine current and expected future employment requirements.


National Jobs and Skills Summit Outcomes

The National Jobs and Skills Summit held on 1 and 2 September 2022, was to bring together Australians, including unions, employers, civil society and governments, to address the shared economic […]

SA Water – Planning for 2024-28 – Have your say!

Every four years, SA Water seeks feedback from their customers to help inform their investment proposal submitted to the Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA). SA Water are now […]

Help shape the future of Small and Family Business in SA

The Office for Small and Family Business want to hear from all South Australian small and family businesses. Whether you are a brand-new business or a seasoned operator, let the […]

Drive Cheaper – Green Vehicle Guide

With rising petrol prices and cost of living, you may be interested in learning more about how to drive cheaper and greener. The new Green Vehicle Guide website is a […]


Australian Street Art Awards

The Australian Street Art Awards showcase the ultimate Australian destinations where visitors can see epic, world-class street and public art that’s accessible and enjoyable all year round. The Awards achieve […]

EP Events Receive Funding

Congratulations to the following community Events on receiving funding through Round One of the South Australian Tourism Commission’s Regional Event Fund. Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula is excited to have […]

Vote for EP Councils in National Awards for Local Government

Both District Council of Tumby Bay and City of Port Lincoln have been nominated for their initiatives; Colour Tumby Festival and Port Lincoln Foreshore Project. Show your appreciation for the […]

Eyre Peninsula Home Hospice Service Partnership Extended

The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation (EPCF) and Matthew Flinders Home (MFH) will continue their successful partnership supporting the Eyre Peninsula Home Hospice Service (EPHHS), under an extended Memorandum of Understanding between […]

Donations for Eyre Peninsula Back to School Vouchers will have their value doubled!

Donations for Eyre Peninsula Back to School Vouchers will double their Value with Matched Funding opportunity. Donors can make a tax-deductible contribution to the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation (EPCF) until […]


Experience Nature Tourism Fund

The Experience Nature Tourism Fund is a $2 million boost for South Australia’s visitor economy, which will spur investment in nature-based tourism experiences and make the state more competitive in […]

Festivals Funding

People living in regional or remote Australia will now have a chance to enjoy an arts experience or a significant one-off community celebration. The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, […]

Helping Regional Communities Prepare for Drought Initiative – Community Impact Program

With much of the country enjoying a good season, it is the ideal time to ensure your community is prepared for the next drought. That’s why developing a program focused […]

Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation opens 2022 Community Grants Round

The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation (EPCF) awards grants to local charitable organisations, community groups and proactive, visionary individuals to make a real difference to communities on Eyre Peninsula. EPCF invites […]

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