RDA Eyre Peninsula News - September 2023


Board Meeting - Cowell

We  travelled to Cowell to hold our 78th General Meeting on Friday 25 August 2023 to enable the opportunity to collaborate with the District Council of Franklin Harbour. 

Thank you to Mayor Robert Walsh, Councillor Kim Baum, Councillor Terry Rehn and CEO Shane Gill for presenting Council's achievements and future plans, it was great to engage with you over a coffee.  

RDAEP looks forward to further supporting Council on projects and other economic development opportunities. 

National Forum - Toowoomba

Four of our Board Members (Chair Bryan Trigg, Malcolm Catt, Heather Baldock and Sue Chase) travelled to Toowoomba at the end of July to attend the Regional Development Australia (RDA) National Forum.

Pictured above are members who attended from RDA's in South Australia. Approximately 120 participants were welcomed by the Hon Kristy McBain MP, Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories. There were various guest speakers addressing issues such as labour market implications of the energy transition, housing affordability and availability, workforce availability, transition to net-zero and innovation. 

The Minister also launched the Government’s new RDA Charter with a central element of the Charter moving forward being the Australian Government’s Regional Investment Framework (RIF), which underpins the deliverables and role of the RDAs as outlined in the new RDA Charter.

This Framework supports a joined-up and cohesive approach to delivering regional investment, coordinating across governments to make investment work better for regions and placing regions and their people at the centre of decision making. Working in genuine partnerships with communities, other levels of government and the private sector, the Australian Government is committed to positioning regions to take advantage of a transitioning world—ensuring no one is held back or left behind.

The Bush Summit

The RDAEP team attended the Advertiser/News Corp Australia Bush Summit in Port Lincoln on Tuesday 15 August. This National event was held to discuss the future of regions and was hosted by tourism advocate Andrew ‘Cosi’ Costello, who is the host of ‘South Aussie with Cosi’.

This was the first time the Bush Summit was held in South Australia, after 5 successful years in NSW, with participants including Premier Peter Malinauskas, State Government Ministers Clare Scriven, Tom  Koutsantonis and Nick Champion, SA Senator Anne Ruston, business leaders Darren Thomas, Adam Giles and Emily Riggs amongst others. 

Some of the key themes discussed at the Port Lincoln event included growing business, trade, tourism and housing in regional South Australia, as well as resource opportunities within the mining and energy sector.

One of the highlights was to hear from 3 local high school students who engaged with Cosi in a youth-focussed panel discussion. Their thoughts and ideas were inspirational. Well done Seth, Prapti and Ciura.

You can watch the event here:


Pictured above are some members from the RDAEP team along with a couple of our stakeholders. 

Back L to R: Larry Ingle, CEO Iron Road, Ryan Viney, CEO RDAEP, Malcolm Catt, Deputy Chair RDAEP, Joshua Telfer RDAEP Board Member, Tim Scholz, Iron Road.

Front L to R: Mayor Travis Barber, DC Streaky Bay and RDAEP Board Member, Mayor Jo-Anne Quigley, Lower Eyre Council, Heather Baldock, RDAEP Board Member and Pam Schlink, RDAEP Board Member

TACTIC (General Maintenance Upper Spencer Gulf) Conference and Trade Expo

RDAEP CEO Ryan Viney and Workforce Project Officer Tamsin Scholz attended the 19th Global Maintenance (now known as Tactic) Upper Spencer Gulf Conference in Port Augusta from 15-17 August.

The conference was attended by industry and government stakeholders including key mining, manufacturing and future industry players, providing a great networking opportunity and industry insight with existing and new projects in Whyalla, Port Augusta and Port Pirie. 

The inaugural Upper Spencer Gulf Workforce Summit was held in conjunction with the conference on 15 August, hosted by Spencer Gulf Cities, Tactic, Workforce Australia, RESA, Uni Hub Spencer Gulf and RDA. Over 100 attendees discussed workforce requirements for current and proposed projects in the Upper Spencer Gulf region.

Small Business Fundamentals Program

RDAEP was successful in securing a grant from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (via the Office for Small and Family Business) to deliver a Business Fundamental Program across the Eyre Peninsula over the next 18 months. 

Our Eyre Peninsula Small Business First Program will consist of:

  • 12 bespoke workshops delivered at no cost to participants in 6 towns on the Eyre Peninsula to develop fundamental business knowledge and capability in areas critical to long-term business sustainability and growth, such workshops being provided by either RDAEP and/or third-party providers.
  • One-on-on mentoring and training sessions delivered by RDAEP and/or third-party providers addressing business needs identified by participants during the workshops, at a subsidised cost to participants.

We would greatly appreciate the support from small businesses in planning the programs to be delivered  and seek your input to assist us to make informed decisions about the workshop topics that will best meet your needs and interests.

Please complete the survey via the link below, before 5:00pm Friday 8 September.


Any questions or concerns can be directed to Julie Wynne on 8682 6588, julie.wynne@rdaep.org.au 

Upper Spencer Gulf Workforce Connector and Collaboration Program

RDA Eyre Peninsula has also recently commenced activities under the Regional Workforce Connector and Collaboration Program for the Upper Spencer Gulf, following funding awarded from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS).

We were chosen as the lead organisation for the project, working across the RDA regions of Eyre Peninsula, Far North and Yorke and Mid North.

The following outcomes are expected from the Program:

  1. Assist in the development and implementation of regional and sector-based workforce roadmaps and strategies.
  2. Participate on and connect with a local Regional Workforce Reference Group, attend and support reference group meetings such as supporting employer and industry engagement.
  3. Act as a connector between communities, business, industry and government.
  4. Build employer capacity and capability through the use of workforce planning and development tools and strategies.
  5. Work with local employers to become employers of choice and to improve and/or develop recruitment practices attraction and retention strategies.
  6. Promote and connect access to government supports and initiatives (e.g. skilled migration, connecting with international students, skills programs).
  7. Organise and deliver workforce events and information sessions in the region.
  8. Promote and assist businesses to develop cultural and inclusive aware practices and workplaces to support ‘non-mainstream’ workers.
  9. Support under-utilised workforce cohorts to connect with employers, including First Nations people, young people, women in non-traditional roles, people with disabilities, or retired or semi-retired people.
  10. Provide regular data and intelligence to the Government Party on workforce needs and trends.

For more details please contact Tamsin Scholz at tamsin.scholz@rdaep.org.au

Regional Leadership Development Program

The Leadership Program Residential III took place at Thuruna on Monday and Tuesday (28-29th August). This face-to-face session included the following masterclasses being presented;

  • Committee skills and governance basics,
  • Planning, promoting, delivering, and debriefing events,
  • Telling your story – brand and messaging, understanding PR, using socials effectively, pitching and presenting skills,
  • Fundraising and resourcing to bring project to life.

We were very lucky to be joined by the Hon Clare Scriven MLC, Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development who provided participants with some insight into the benefits of volunteering for community leadership roles in small towns. 

The final session, which includes a wrap-up and graduation event, will be held at the Port Lincoln Hotel on Saturday 28 October and allows participants to network first-hand with key leaders in our community. 

The success of this leadership development program highlights its potential for making a positive impact on the Eyre Peninsula community.

Pictured below are Program Participants with Minister Scriven, RDAEP CEO Ryan Viney, Chair Bryan Trigg, Leadership Development Coordinator Casey Peters and Champions Academy Sarah Prime. 

RDSA Annual Summit – Regional Population and Prosperity

Population and Prosperity – Regional Population Growth for South Australia- making it happen Regional Development South Australia (RDSA) invites you to the 2023 Annual Summit in Gawler on Friday 22 […]


Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation opens 2023 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 […]

Funding for Recreation and Sport Facilities

Eligible organisations can now apply for funding through the Community Recreation and Sport Facilities Program (CRSFP). The objective of CRSFP is to provide access to funding for the development of sustainable, […]

Community Grants Program

Do you have a community project in mind and looking for some financial support, the Port Lincoln Community Grants Program opens on 1 September 2023.

Experience Nature Tourism Fund

Round two applications will open from 9am Monday 31 July 2023 until 5pm Thursday 14 September 2023. The $2 million Experience Nature Tourism Fund (ENTF) aims to spur investment in […]

For all other grant and  funding opportunities, please click here - Grant Finder


Wonderful Wudinna - 1 of 3 Finalist in Ag Town of the Year Award

Wudinna township has been selected by an independent judging panel as one of three finalists in the 2023 Ag Town of the Year Awards. The other towns are Eudunda and Bordertown.

The Agricultural Town of the Year Award proudly highlights the vital role that agriculture plays in the regional landscape – being the backbone of most regional communities.

Wudinna was initially nominated for the Awards by Wudinna Area School Governing Council Chairperson, Megan Lister, along with 72 other towns across South Australia. The focus of the initial nomination was the exciting Ag programme at Wudinna Area School supported by a wide range of members of the community and business, as well as the impact and importance of agriculture on the community and surrounding district.

Wudinna was then one of 11 towns selected as semi finalists and a detailed submission was prepared including a video of the town and its involvement in agriculture that was produced by students and staff from Wudinna Area School.

The video can be accessed through the following link.      https://youtu.be/9w6VzbwIYYI

Final judging for the Award will take place in Wudinna on Wednesday 27 September.

Small Business Insurance Training

Do you have all the business insurance you need? For small businesses across Port Lincoln there are a lot of insurance needs that might be different to what you know or […]

Have Your Say – Digital Connectivity

The Government of South Australia is seeking your views to support the development of its connectivity strategy to ensure South Australians can benefit from improved internet and mobile phone services. […]

Accepting Donations for Back to School Voucher Matched Funding Opportunity

The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation has an opportunity to take up matched funding for Back-To-School vouchers for 2024. Foundation Chairperson, Greg Barry said “The 2023 program highlighted a much greater need […]

First Nations Tourism Mentoring Program

The First Nations Tourism Mentoring Program (FNTMP) is a new, free mentoring program for First Nations tourism businesses across Australia. Eligible First Nations tourism businesses will be matched with an experienced […]


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Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula would like to acknowledge the support of our key stakeholders: Australian Government, South Australian Government and our Eyre Peninsula Councils. 

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