E-news: November 2022


November 2022

Representatives from City of Port Lincoln, Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula and South Australian Tourism Commission welcome P&O Pacific Explorer on 2 November 2022. The first cruise ship to visit in more than two and a half years. 

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Lock the venue for our AGM and General Meeting 

The District Council of Elliston hosted our RDAEP AGM and General Meeting at the Lock Bowling Club on Friday 21 October 2022.

Mayor Malcolm Hancock, CEO Geoff Sheridan and Jill Leonard provided an informative presentation on Council's projects and activities. For a small Council, there sure is a lot happening in the area. 

Thank you also to the Lock Bowling Club for the venue and catering, much appreciated. 

Photo - (Back) Neville Starke, Geoff Sheridan, Matt Waller, Sue Chase, Pam Schlink, Joshua Telfer. (Front) Heather Baldock, Ryan Viney, Bryan Trigg, Malcolm Hancock, Malcolm Catt and Travis Barber. 

Business Excellence Awards

Congratulations to Marvin and Grace Lattrez of L'Anse French Cafe and Croissanterie who were the winners of the RDAEP sponsored Tourism and Hospitality Award as part of the Port Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Tourism - Business Excellence Awards held on 28 October. 

Congratulations also to Hotel Boston who received the People’s Choice Award in the same category.

Photo (Rob Lang Photography) - CEO Ryan Viney, Grace Lattrez, Chair Bryan Trigg and Tourism Development Manager Annabelle Hender. 

Visit by Minister for Tourism

The Minister for Tourism, the Hon. Zoe Bettison visited our region at the end of September. The Minister met with RDAEP for a presentation on regional tourism priorities and projects and officially launched the Eyre Peninsula Visitor Guide in partnership with HWR Media.

During the visit Minister Bettison facilitated a round-table discussion with Tourism Operators, to understand the challenges and opportunities and identify support required from the State Government. Some of the key challenges / opportunities raised included; resourcing for regional tourism and regulations restricting development of agritourism (primary producer) products and experiences.

Photo - Tourism Development Manager Annabelle Hender, Minister Bettison, CEO Ryan Viney and Chair Bryan Trigg. 

Project Update 

Strategic Regional Plan

As previously advised, RDAEP along with EP Local Government Association and EP Landscape Board have engaged consultants URPS to undertake a review of the Strategic Regional Plan.

As part of the initial stakeholder engagement process a short survey was released in conjunction with a media release and fact sheet outlining the aim of the project. Approximately 80 people/organisations completed the survey. 

In addition to the survey, 6 workshops were held across the region, with over 100 people attending representing a broad cross-section of key stakeholders. 

URPS is in the process of analysing the outcomes of both the survey and workshops and will present a report back to the project partners. 

Thank you to those who participated and provided thoughts and ideas for the future of Eyre Peninsula. 

Far West Aboriginal Tourism Strategy

RDAEP has been engaged by the Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation to undertake a review of the Aboriginal Tourism Strategy for the Far West of South Australia – Ancient land, Ancient People, Ancient Stories.

The Aboriginal Tourism Strategy was development in November 2017 and was designed to provide  support to current and emerging Aboriginal tourism enterprises and mainstream tourism ventures that employ Aboriginal people in the Far West.

Stakeholder workshops have been scheduled for 8-10 November in Ceduna to inform the review process. 

EP Destination Marketing Plan 2025

Tourism eSchool have completed the draft  EP Destination Marketing Plan 2025, which will strengthen the marketing position of Eyre Peninsula and its stakeholder network. 

The Marketing Plan presents a strategic direction regional tourism promotion to 2025. It identifies the Eyre Peninsula’s best visitors and presents an opportunity to strengthen the position of the region through storytelling and promotion that appeals to these visitors. Implementation for the plan will focus on 3 priority areas; Destination Stewardship, Brand Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. The plan addresses gaps from the Eyre Peninsula Destination Management Plan, and was formed through analysis of data and insights and consultation with tourism and community stakeholders. The strategic actions set within the plan will facilitate a more consistent, coordinated and effective marketing strategy that supports sustainable development of the Eyre Peninsula visitor economy. 

Eyre Peninsula Brand Workshops

RDAEP are in the process of facilitating a review of the ‘Eyre Peninsula Australia’s Seafood Frontier’ brand to assess its relevance as a regional tourism brand. The review forms the first stage of the Brand Project funded by the 11 councils, which pending the recommended outcomes may include a second stage to develop a strengthened brand positioning. 

Workshops were held in October at Ceduna, Port Lincoln, Whyalla and Wudinna providing stakeholders the opportunity to engage in discussion regarding our regional identity. The workshops were attended by a total of 45 stakeholders in total from a cross-sector of industries, communities and organisations.

Brand Agency Fuller will now complete their research report and communicate their findings and recommendations to RDAEP and the Brand Working Group. Those who participated in the Tourism E School survey and Brand Workshops have been entered into a database and will receive updates on the project as available over the coming months.


Annual Summit - Housing and Workforce

Regional Development South Australia (RDSA) hosted the Annual Summit – The Future of Regional Housing and Workforce at Murray Bridge on 13 September.

The event was very informative with over 140 people attending the Summit to discuss housing and workforce issues in all regions.

Key recommendations from the Summit included:


  1. Upskilling of workers
  2. Supplement Childcare facilities to enable the primary carer to re-enter the workforce
  3. Continuation of Study Adelaide Tours
  4. Migration reform
  5. Community programs to welcome migrants to region
  6. Connecting industry to schools


  1. Well-designed high-density housing accommodation
  2. Stamp Duty Reform – to make it affordable to purchase a home
  3. Council Audits to understand asset availability
  4. When looking to secure government assistance, be specific and articulate what type of project you are looking to develop
  5. Repurposing housing to meet the shifting needs of communities
  6. Need to investigate locally produced sustainable building materials to offset stress on international supply chains.

Further information on the Summit outcomes is available at RDSA 2022 Annual Summit Outcomes and Recommendations.

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