Enews December 2018



Welcome to our regional newsletter

The popular Cummins Christmas Wonderland is celebrating it's 10th year this festive season. Open every day 10am - 5pm until 31 December.

The RDAWEP Board and staff wish you a safe, happy and healthy festive season and look forward to further collaboration in 2019. 

Please note that RDAWEP's Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula offices will close on Friday 21st December and reopen Monday, 8th January 2019.

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Economic and Business Development

Rocket Launcher to be built on Eyre Peninsula

South Australia’s chances of being Space HQ will “sky-rocket” when a rocket launcher that sends satellites into space is built on the Eyre Peninsula, Premier Steven Marshall says. The dedicated launch site at Whalers Way, near Port Lincoln, will be called the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex. Construction is expected to begin next year.  Mr […]

Mining and Resources Industry Land Access Dispute Resolution Code

The Mining and Resources Industry Land Access Dispute Resolution Code was released on 29 November, 2018.   The Code is based on existing industry codes (motor vehicle, newsagency, farming, franchising and building and construction industry codes) managed by the Small Business Commissioner and will provide the Commissioner with the power to bring opposing parties to the […]

Regional Budget Address in Whyalla

During Minister Whetstone’s Regional Budget Address in Whyalla, a number of issues were raised for follow-up after the event. What are the next steps and what public consultation will be undertaken for the new $100 million Whyalla public high school? The Government of South Australia will fund a new $100 million secondary school in Whyalla […]

Kimba and Wudinna trial for ag machinery night travel

Registrations are now open for residents of Kimba and Wudinna who wish to participate in an agricultural machinery night travel trial.  The District Council of Kimba and Wudinna District Council are looking to carry out a night trial for agricultural vehicles and combinations up to 6.1m wide in collaboration with the Department of Planning, Transport and […]

Drought meeting held in Arno Bay

A community meeting was held in Arno Bay on Saturday 17 November to discuss drought conditions.  Hon Tim Whetstone, Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, and Member for Flinders Peter Treloar met with local residents at the Arno Bay Hotel to talk about the impact of the drought on communities, as well as provide […]

New Optus Towers for the Eyre Peninsula

The Eyre Peninsula is set to receive 3 new telecommunications towers by March 2019! Optus has announced an investment of a further $23.6 million into its South Australian network, on top of the $45 million it has already spent on towers throughout the state in the last 12 months. By the end of March 2019 […]

Data allowances to be boosted with Sky Muster Plus

November has brought some good news for rural and regional Australians on NBN Co’s Sky Muster satellite service.  NBN Co has announced its plans to no longer count the use of essential internet services (including email, general web browsing and critical software updates) towards monthly data allowances with the new Sky Muster Plus product, which […]

Migrants helping regional growth

Southern Cross University (SCU) recently conducted a study of migrant business ownership and entrepreneurship in regional Australia. Through the Regional Australia Institute’s (RAI) Regional Research Connections Initiative, the university completed the study to learn more about migrant business owners and their contribution to creating new jobs in the country’s regions. SCU’s study states that of […]

Tourism Development

EP businesses recognised at Tourism’s Night of Nights

On Friday November 9 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, more than 750 tourism industry representatives attended the 2018 South Australian Tourism Awards. Tourism’s Night of Nights recognises businesses who have demonstrated great success and who set the benchmarks for best business practice. Port Lincoln’s Calypso Star Charters won big, taking home the RAA People’s Choice Tourism […]

Disability Workforce Hub

Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Disability Hub Newsletter

CLICK HERE to read about:

  • Regional Online Services Directory
  • Answers to your NDIS questions
  • Events and training
  • Job vacancies


Annual Report 2017 -18

RDAWEPs Annual Report for 2017-18 is now available online.
CLICK HERE to read about our Key Achievements, Regional Snapshot and more.

Training Opportunities

Port Lincoln and Whyalla:  Health and Safety Rep; Intermediate Word 2016; I improve Reading Level 1; Microsoft Training.
Pt Lincoln: Contractor's Licensing Unit-Plan Small Business Finances; Cert II in Hospitality; Cert II in Kitchen Operations.
Streaky Bay: Food Safety
Provide First Aid - multiple dates and locations

CEG - Whyalla: Confined Space, Forklift, White Card, Working at Heights, Rigging, Elevating Work Platform.
Port Lincoln: Forklift, White Card, Confined Space, Working at Heights.

Click Here for more information and training dates 

Award Opportunities

New ‘SA Ag Town of the Year Award’ announced

A new state award has been announced to celebrate the important role of agriculture in regional communities – the South Australian Ag Town of the Year Award.  The award was launched on National Agriculture Day 2018 by Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone, and will recognise towns embracing all aspects of primary […]

Upcoming Regional Events

Tackling Tough Times Together – Info Sessions

Do you have an idea for a community celebration or a BBQ but your group just needs funding to enable this? Are you, or do you know of people in your community who are: ✓   feeling the effects of the drought ✓   feeling isolated ✓   not coming to events because they can’t afford the ticket […]

New Years Eve at Streaky Bay

With fireworks, food stalls and live music, the Streaky Bay foreshore comes alive on New Years Eve.  The children’s entertainment begins at 6pm offering 3 free bouncy castles and face painting for a gold coin donation. The food and refreshments will be supplied by the following local community groups: BBQ sausage sizzle by the Streaky […]

Lucky Bay Centenary

The Lucky Bay Shack Owner’s Association are celebrating 100 years since the first shack was built. Keep the date free for this special event. Memorabilia of Lucky Bay in the hall all day, and display of swim wear throughout the ages Kids events including egg and spoon races, 3 legged races, sand castle competition, casting […]

Ceduna Cup

The Ceduna Cup is a day filled with fun, fashion, fine food, great country racing and plenty of enjoyment for all.

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

Funding Opportunities

EPCF Back-to-School voucher funding

The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation is accepting donations for a Back to School Voucher matched funding opportunity. The EPCF has an unexpected opportunity to take up $2,000 in matched funding for Back-To-School vouchers for 2019. They would like to direct the $4,000 in extra vouchers to schools in the drought-affected areas of Eyre Peninsula. The […]

Featured Grants

Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant - provides eligible SMEs with grants of up to $1 million to invest in projects that build capabilities aligned with Defence's Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities.

Tackling Tough Times Together - to help communities access resources to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.

Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy - will support apprenticeships in skills need occupations in rural and regional areas.

National Landcare Program - Smart Farms Small Grants - to support the adoption of best practices that improves the management and quality of natural resources and increases on-farm productivity - closes 11 Jan 2018.

Ageing Well Community Grants - for local organisations to help improve the lives of older South Australians.

Small Environment Grant Scheme - to provide support for people undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment.

Top 5 Government Grants for start-upsEntrepreneurs' Programme, CSIRO Kick-Start, Biomedical Translation Fund, Export Market Development Grant, Research and Development Tax Incentive.

Grants SA - Grants for 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.

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.

Handy Links

Farming together has news of grants, funding scholarships, jobs and other opportunities. CLICK HERE to view their latest newsletter including - Big grants for small farms; Farmers Without Borders; female-focused enterprises; scholarships; ag-energy upgrades; jobs and more.


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