E-news: December 2020


E-NEWS | December 2020

Yanerbie near Streaky Bay
Background photo courtesy of Simone Picken

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RDAEP Update

Holiday Message
RDAEP Board Members and Staff wish you a happy and safe holiday season.

2020 has been a challenging year with COVID-19 and we hope that 2021 brings good health and wealth to you all. 

We advise that our Office will be closed from Monday 21 December 2020 and reopen on Monday 4 January 2021. 

If you are travelling to or from the Eyre Peninsula, take a break and travel by ferry (Wallaroo - Lucky Bay Ferry)

Annual Report
ur RDAEP Annual Report 2019-20 can be viewed here: Annual Report 2019-20


For the latest information on COVID-19 : SA Government Covid-19


Former Premier appointed to head Cape Hardy port project, joint venture named Portalis

Former South Australian Premier and widely respected farming advocate Rob Kerin has been appointed Project Chair of the proposed $250 million Cape Hardy port project (Stage 1) on Eyre Peninsula. Mr Kerin’s appointment coincides with the launch of a new name for the joint venture – Portalis. As the name given to Cape Hardy by […]

Venus Bay Beachfront Tourist Park receives Funding

Well done to Venus Bay Beachfront Tourist Park on being successful in their application for funding through the Tourism Industry Development Fund. The Premier recently announced $9 million in projects as part of the $20 million Tourism Industry Development Fund. Venus Bay Beachfront Tourist Park will be receiving $94,695 towards two new 2-bedroom accessible cabins. […]

$4.45m boost to Seasonal and Regional Workforce

The South Australian Government is investing $4.45 million to assist the urgent mobilisation of a seasonal and regional workforce in South Australia in response to the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic. The funding will help create a multi-pronged approach to fill vacancies and boost employment in key areas in regional South Australia over the next […]

Hydrogen Investment in SA

Following the announcement from the Premier on the $240m Eyre Peninsula Gateway Project near Port Bonython and subsequently the $37m upgrade for the Santos jetty,  H2U has received a $4.7m renewable energy fund grant from the State plus a $7.5m loan. This is a tremendous result for the Eyre Peninsula region and is just the […]


Department for Environment and Water – Planning for a Development

The Department for Environment and Water is responsible for many areas where environmental regulation may influence a development. If you are planning a development, you may need to consider regulations surrounding: Native vegetation Threatened species and ecological communities State heritage Ground and surface water Coast Marine Access and use of Crown land and reserves Understanding […]

Future proofing Aussie farmers, fishers and foresters

The Co-operative Farming program is a one-stop-shop for advice and support, as well as great free tools and resources easily available online. Some of the key resources and programs are listed below. RESOURCES Co-operative Foundations online course (FREE) Co-operative Foundations is a great resource for individuals and groups looking to understand more about co-ops, but […]


Landowner Information Service

The Landowner Information Service (LIS)  was launched by the Minister for Energy and Mining, Dan van Holst Pellekaan in July this year. It is an initiative of the South Australian Government, delivered by Rural Business Support (RBS), and supported by the primary production and resources sectors. The service provides free, factual and impartial information for […]

Apply to be a Business Advisory Provider

Are you interested in becoming a Provider for the SME Business Advisory Services Program administered by the South Australian Government Department for Innovation and Skills? In order for the Department to assess your suitability to provide service/s in relation to the SME Business Advisory Services Program, you are required to complete the Application and Declaration. Before applying: Read the SME […]


Port Lincoln receives 5G

Telstra’s 5G network was switched on in Port Lincoln last week. Local residents are being encouraged to check with the local store to see if their devices are 5G enabled. Port Lincoln, as well as Port Augusta, joins Adelaide, Port Elliot, Berri, Mount Gambier and Mount Barker in having access to 5G. Telstra aims to […]

Great State Travel Vouchers – Round 2

The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) understand there are ongoing challenges facing the tourism industry and the summer holidays are an important period for operators as the usual peak season. Since the launch of the Great State voucher campaign in October, SATC have listened to accommodation providers and industry about what further stimulus will be […]

Launch of Regional Digital Technology Hub

The National Farmers’ Federation have announced that regional Australians can access free, independent advice on the best internet and mobile phone connection for their work, study and lifestyle needs with the launch of the Regional Tech Hub (the Hub). The Hub delivers on recommendations of a 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review and is an initiative of […]

Infrastructure Plan 2020-40

The State Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Plan 2020-40 has been released outlining a 20-year roadmap for what needs to build from scratch and what existing facilities need upgrades to ensure SA can be in a position as a premier sporting destination. More than 230 projects were identified as needing upgrades; with the first projects under […]

Wallaroo – Lucky Bay Ferry in Action

Spencer Gulf Searoad’s  “Aurora V” ferry is up and running. Why not save time, take a break and travel by ferry! With overseas travel bans, and a surge in domestic travel, using the ferry is a perfect opportunity for those travelling to and from the Eyre Peninsula. For the timetable and fare details please visit […]

Palliative Care Experience Survey

Help the Government develop the Statewide Palliative Care Services Plan 2021-26 to provide you with an improved palliative care experience Share your experiences in palliative care during 2020, either as a patient, unpaid carer or health professional. Palliative care is focused on managing symptoms which may have occurred on their own, or while receiving other […]


Heritage Grants Program – Round 3

Round 3 of the SA Heritage Grants Program is now open and will close on 26 February 2021. The SA Heritage Grants Program has been in operation since 2018. $500,000 worth of grants has been provided to help undertake conservation work or documentation on South Australia’s State heritage-listed places. The provision of this grant funding […]

Manufacturing Modernisation Fund – Round 2

Following the success of the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund, a second round of the program will soon open for applications as one of the key initiatives of the Australian Government’s $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy (the Strategy). Delivered by AusIndustry, the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund is helping to modernise the manufacturing sector by stimulating business investment in […]

Sporting Infrastructure Project Grants

Eligible sporting clubs and organisations can now apply for funding through the 2020-2021 suite of infrastructure project grant programs consisting of: Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program 2020-21 (CRSFP) Grassroots Facilities Program Round 1 (GFP) Regional and Districts Facilities Program Round 1 (RDFP) In 2020-2021, $24,328,000 is available across the infrastructure projects suite of grant programs […]

Accelerating discovery in South Australia

The Department for Energy and Mining has announced the opening of round two of the Accelerated Discovery Initiative (ADI). The ADI embraces innovation, collaboration and capacity building to advance exploration activity in South Australia, reinforcing the state’s international reputation as a leader in mining and mineral exploration. Up to $4.5 million in co-funding is available […]

$20 million Tourism Industry Development Fund

The South Australian Government recognises the huge impact that COVID-19 has had on the tourism sector across regional South Australia. The Tourism Industry Development Fund is designed to support and stimulate private sector investment in new and improved regional accommodation, and the development of quality tourism product and experiences. It aims to assist in the […]

Applications to deliver services under the Drought Resilience Research and Adoption Program

The Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, has opened a competitive grants process to establish 8 Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs across regional Australia.  The hubs are an integral part of the $86 million Drought Resilience Research and Adoption Program under the Australian Government’s $5 billion Future Drought Fund.  The program will […]

Mobile Black Spot Program Round 5A

The Mobile Black Spot Program (the Program) is the Australian Government’s initiative to extend and improve mobile phone coverage and competition in regional and remote areas of Australia. Up to $34.5 million (GST exclusive) is available for Round 5A. Round 5A will prioritise solutions that will provide new and improved mobile coverage to natural disaster […]

Grants SA - due to COVID-19 the Grants SA program has stopped running until further notice.

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
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