E-news: March 2020


E-NEWS | March 2020

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Equinor to discontinue exploration drilling plan in the Great Australian Bight

Equinor has informed the Australian authorities of its decision to discontinue its exploration drilling plan (Stromlo-1) in the Ceduna sub-basin, offshore South Australia. For more details please click here Equinor 

Opportunities beyond Equinor

Equinor is the latest in a line of energy companies to inform the Australian authorities of its decision to discontinue its exploration drilling plan in the Great Australian Bight (GAB). Similar messages have been received previously from BP and Chevron. Companies have referred to the GAB projects not being commercially competitive to other opportunities in […]

Grain Grower Forum on proposed port developments

A public forum is being held for grain growers to discuss the proposed port development projects on the eastern Eyre Peninsula. This is an important opportunity to pass comment on the best options for future grain ports. Tuesday 17 March 2020, 1.30pm at Cummins Ramblers Clubrooms, Cummins Showgrounds. This forum will be chaired by Peter […]

SIMEC continuing to commercialise Whyalla Port

Media Release, SIMEC, 2 March 2020 – Ship deconstruction, scrapping and recycling (DSR) work at the Whyalla Port. RDAWEP initiated the ship recycling opportunity for Whyalla through its Heavy Industry Cluster activities, including introducing the concept to McMahons during the Arrium administration process. RDAWEP believes that the demand for this service is very strong and […]

EPCBH Grower Meetings Exceed Expectations 

Cape Hardy Stage 1 Port Development Progress  Recent grower meetings held across the Eyre Peninsula to discuss the Cape Hardy Port development and the role of Eyre Peninsula Cooperative Bulk Handling Limited (EPCBH) have been exceptionally well attended. Strong support has been shown for the continued involvement in the Stage I Cape Hardy port development […]


A new era for SA’s Parks

South Australia has nature like nowhere else, and the world needs to experience it. There are 356 parks covering a fifth of the vast state, and a network of 19 marine parks covering nearly half of the marine waters. Parks 2025 is a collection of investment initiatives designed to help build the capacity of parks […]

Free Roadworthy Heavy Vehicles …Made Easy! Workshops

Do you understand what is required for your heavy vehicles to be roadworthy in line with the Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual? Not sure if your heavy vehicles are compliant? Grain Producers SA, on behalf of Primary Producers SA, and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) are partnering to deliver a series of FREE Roadworthy Heavy […]


Looking after Number One – You!

Business SA are continuing their focus on helping small business owners look after their own well-being as well as that of their staff and have released the Workplace Wellbeing Guide. Running and owning a small business is rewarding, however there are times when not everything works out and it is important to know there are […]


Regional Aviation Policy Statement – Have Your Say

Users of regional airports are encouraged to share their views on how to improve connectivity and innovation in regional aviation. The Australian Government is developing a comprehensive Regional Aviation Policy Statement in consultation with other Government, industry and community stakeholders. The Statement forms part of the Government’s commitment to securing economic growth across regional Australia. […]


Education Fund – Tertiary Scholarships 2020

Now open, and closing 2nd April 2020. The purpose of the Tertiary Scholarships in 2020 is to provide funding for Eyre Peninsula educated students who will be moving away from home studying at a university in Adelaide after completion of year 12. Three Scholarships of $2,000 each are available. These scholarships will help with the […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert

Media Release: Prime Minister, Minister for Health, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service and Cabinet,  6 March 2020. The Australian Government has committed to a 50-50 shared health funding deal with the states and territories to ensure a rapid health response to the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Click here for the full […]

Health Outcomes and Experiences for People with Disability

What are the issues that affect health outcomes for people living with disability and their experience when engaging with the health system? The SA Government want to understand: The issues that people with disabilities experience, How they might impact on their overall health and wellbeing and, What would matter most if the health system were to change. Whether you […]

COTA connects

Council of the Ageing (COTA) Australia supports policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the inclusion of seniors in all aspects of Australian life. COTA Australia believes that all people have the right to dignity, to security, to access high quality services, and to equality in participation in the community regardless of their income, status, […]

SA Healthy Towns Challenge – Grants Available

Live in a rural town? Interested in preventive health and wellbeing? Apply now to be in the running for a grant of up to $50,000. The SA Healthy Towns Challenge provides grants for projects that increase health and wellbeing through the prevention of illness and/or injury and address local health and wellbeing issues.  Applications for Round […]


SA triumphs at National Tourism Awards

Congratulations to Calypso Star Charters being named Australia’s best Tourist Attraction at the 2019 Qantas Australia Tourism Awards held in Canberra on 6 March 2020. Adventure Bay Charters also received an award; Bronze for Adventure Tourism. Well done to both companies for putting Port Lincoln and Eyre Peninsula on the map, you have done yourselves […]

Port Lincoln Cruise Ship Schedule 2020

The City of Port Lincoln is ready to welcome cruise ships in 2020. 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 do an incredible job […]


2020 Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic

Friday 13 - Sunday 15 March at Port Lincoln 

Aged Care Services Information Session

Thursday 19 March, 10.15am - 12.00noon at Unity Hill, Port Lincoln 

Kimba Cup

Sunday 22 March, 10.30am at Port Lincoln Racecourse 

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills

Wednesday 25 - Thursday 26 March, 9.00am - 5.00pm at District Council of Kimba 

Colour Tumby Steet Art Festival

Friday 27 - Sunday 29 March at Tumby Bay

Streaky Bay Cup

Saturday 28 March, 10.30am at Streaky Bay Racecourse

Cleve Sporting Bodies Colour Trail 2020

Saturday 28 March, 9.30am at Cleve Oval

A Taste of Streaky Bay - Tickets Sold Out

Sunday 29 March, 12.00noon at Jetty View Cafe, Streaky Bay 

Teakle Auto Sprint 2020

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 April, Port Lincoln 

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


R&D Tax Incentive Information Session - Free

Thursday 19 March, 9.30am - 10.30am at RDAWEP, Port Lincoln  

Facebook & Instagram Essentials for Business

Tuesday 7 April, 3.45pm - 7.00pm at Franklin Harbour Institute supper room, Cowell   

Facebook & Instagram Essentials for Business

Tuesday 28 April, 3.45pm - 7.00pm at Hilton Motel, Port Lincoln 

Facebook & Instagram Essentials for Business

Tuesday 12 May, 3.45pm - 7.00pm at Alexander Motel, 99 Playford Ave, Whyalla

Facebook & Instagram Essentials for Business

Monday 25 May, 3.45pm - 7.00pm at District Council of Kimba, Cross Street, Kimba

Career Employment Group
Port Lincoln - April
EWP - Scissor Lift: 2 April
Loader: 6 - 8 April
Forklift: 14-15 April
White Card: 16 April
Working at Heights: 17 April
Skid Steer (New Plant Operator): 20 - 22 April
Confined Spaces: 24 April

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


Featured Funding / Grants

2020 Premiers Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Volunteers - do your volunteers go above and beyond? Ever wondered how you can let them know they are appreciated?.....Nominate them for the Premier’s Certificate of Recognition for outstanding volunteer service. South Australian based volunteer-involving organisations and community groups are encouraged to
nominate one or more of their volunteers to recognise and reward excellence and significant achievements. Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 27 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. 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.

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program - the program aims to preserve Australian's  wartime heritage and involve people around the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia's service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations. Closes 31 March 2020. 

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.

Coastal Community Participation Grants - The Coast Protection Board supports volunteer groups to partner with local government to undertake small-scale coastal management initiatives. 
The objectives of these grants are to:

  • Involve communities in coastal management.
  • Enhance community skills and knowledge in rehabilitation, restoration and conservation of the coast and marine environment.
  • Facilitate partnerships in coast and marine management.
  • Encourage environmental protection in the wider community.
  • Achieve practical management actions and on-ground works which enhance conservation values and/or tackle the causes of coast and marine degradation.

To be eligible for a Coastal Community Participation Grant, volunteer group(s) will need to partner with a coastal council. The council will administer the grant on behalf of the volunteer group(s).  Applications are open now and will be accepted until all funding is expendedEmail: DEWCoasts@sa.gov.au

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.

Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP e-grants newsletter seeks to provide individuals and community groups with an update on open grants.  Newsletter March 2020

Grants SA - a one-off project funding program that provides grants to not-for-profit 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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