Enews February 2017



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Economic and Business Development Initiatives

EPLGA 80th Annual Conference 2017

The 80th Annual EPLGA Conference will be hosted by the District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula on 27 and 28 February 2017. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” DRAFT Program (2) All attendees must be registered by Friday 10th February, 2017.  REGISTER HERE The EPLGA Board meeting for February 2017 will be held: Venue:  Coffin Bay […]

RDAWEP Regional Economic Development Forum

RDAWEP will be delivering an informative and hard hitting forum focusing on energy and communication, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), regional governance and how RDAWEP works within the region to bring it to ground level.  (Program to come) For more information contact RDAWEP on  08 8682 6588 or email reception@rdawep.org.au

Energy Minister meets mayors over Eyre Peninsula power issues

Eyre Peninsula Mayors, CEOs and RDAWEP met with the Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis and the Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA) on 24 January 2017 to discuss issues relating to recent power outages in the region. The council representatives raised a range of issues at today’s meeting, including: • The costs to businesses of […]

South Australian Energy Productivity Program

The South Australian Government announced last week that it will provide $31 million to assist large energy using businesses in South Australia to manage their electricity costs and contribute energy supply benefits to the state. The Energy Productivity Program will be available to businesses that use more than 160 MWh of electricity each year to […]

BP withdraws from GAB exploration

In October 2016, BP announced that it did not intend to proceed with its planned exploration in the Great Australian Bight. BP has written to Australia’s National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) on behalf of the titleholders with a request to withdraw both Environment Plans from further assessment. Information provided throughout consultation […]

Tourism Development

SATIC Service Excellence Workshops

The South Australian Tourism Industry Council is delighted to invite you to our Service Excellence Workshops located in the Eyre Peninsula. SATIC, with the support of the South Australian Tourism Commission, are running 30 workshops around the state in 2016/17. Each workshop includes a One-on-One Business Coaching Session per registered business within three months of […]

Real-life testing of CoastAdapt

National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) invites proposals from organisations interested in being a TEST CASE for CoastAdapt. Test cases explore the performance of CoastAdapt in real-life adaptation decision-making situations.  Proposals are welcomed from coastal managers in local government, SMEs, infrastructure operators, NRM groups and similar organisations. The projects will commence around mid-March, lasting […]

New Chairman for the State’s Peak Tourism Body

Hotel and property CEO, Mr Eoin (Owen) Loftus of the Culshaw Group of Companies has been recently appointed Chairman of the South Australian Tourism Industry Council (SATIC), after serving on the Board the past two years, last year serving as Vice Chairman. Mr Loftus has over 20 years’ experience in the South Australian tourism industry […]

Upcoming Training Opportunities

TAFE SA Happenings across EP and Whyalla

CLICK HERE for more information about courses currently on offer at TAFE SA including Minimise your Business Income Tax, Food Safety, Provide First Aid and Provide CPR, Firearms Safety Training, andCert II/Diploma of Aquaculture.  Whyalla Campus is running a Wellbeing and Resilience Forum.  Subscribe to TAFE SA's database to receive up to date information about training opportunities.

FREE Online PR Training Course

The SATC is offering a new, online PR training course for tourism operators and businesses.  
Registrations are now open for the first workshop - Working with the media on 15 February, 2017.  
For more information CLICK HERE

Upcoming Regional Events

Soil moisture probe workshop

Thanks to the SAGIT funded soil moisture probe network on EP project, PIRSA are planning a free information session on soil moisture probes for advisors/researchers/agronomists, basically how to access and read the soil moisture probe data and make sense of it.  There will be plenty of time for discussion. The workshop will be delivered by […]

Teakle Classic Lincoln Regatta

Teakle Classic Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race – Friday, 17th February 2017 South Australia’s premier ocean racing event. Seventy to eighty boats leave Outer Harbour on Friday to compete in a 156 nautical mile race that takes them southwest to Marion Reef at the foot of Yorke Peninsula to the spectacular Cape Spencer then northwest […]

Whyalla Solar Farm Public Consultation

Adani Infrastructure Pty Ltd invites you to learn about the proposed Whyalla Solar Farm, located approximately 10 kms north of Whyalla on the Port Lincoln Highway.

27th Annual Speed Week

The Dry Lake Racers Australia (DLRA) conducts its annual Speed Week at Lake Gairdner in South Australia. One of the few places in the world where you can go flat out for 12 miles! Cars, motorbikes and trucks run for one way speed records – a salt lake big enough to be seen from space. […]

Port Lincoln Cup

There’s nothing like the sound of distant thunder. The Port Lincoln Cup is one of the premier features on the Eyre Peninsula sporting calendar. Race day marquees and group packages will once again be a big part of race day, with TAB, bookmakers and full refreshment catering available on track. The main highlight of the […]

ABARES Outlook 2017 conference

ABARES Outlook 2017 conference is Australia’s premier economic forum for the agriculture sector. Sessions will examine the Australian and international economic outlook, global perspectives on agriculture and a panel discussion exploring digital innovation in agriculture. Industry-focussed sessions include improving farm performance, climate change, accounting for natural capital, water and novel pest management plus a range […]

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

Grant Funding Opportunities

Featured Grants

Building Better Regions Fund
People from across Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula are encouraged to consider applying for a Building Better Regions Fund grant.  The BBRF replaces the National Stronger Regions Fund and will deliver infrastructure projects and community activities located outside the major capital cities.       READ MORE

Agribusiness Growth Program
The program aims to accelerate business growth through expert business evaluation and coaching services for activities that will have a direct impact on your growth, and that you would not otherwise have undertaken.
For more information visit FOOD SA

Advancing Renewables Program
The Advancing Renewables Programme supports a broad range of development, demonstrations and pre-commercial deployment projects that have the potential to lower the cost and increase the use of renewable energy technologies in Australia in the long term.
For more information visit ARENA

2017 SA Recreational Fishing Grants Programme
Community Grants of up to $100,000 are being offered by the State Government to help boost recreational fishing in South Australia.
Applications are sought from councils, fishing clubs, businesses and other incorporated bodies.  It is expected that successful projects will be announced by mid-2017.
Applications close 20 March, 2017. READ MORE

Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation
EPCF in partnership with CP and Statoil invites not-for-profit organisations to apply for 2017 Small Grant Funding.  Applications open 1st February and close Tuesday 28th February, 2017. READ MORE

Handy Links

Regional Development Australia - Whyalla & Eyre Peninsula Inc.

Port Lincoln Office

89 Liverpool Street,
Port Lincoln SA 5606
T: (08) 8682 6588
F: (08) 8682 5081
E: reception@rdawep.org.au

Whyalla Office

127 Nicolson Avenue,
Whyalla Norrie SA 5608
T: (08) 8645 7811
F: (08) 8645 1278
E: whyallareception@rdawep.org.au