E-news: April 2020


E-NEWS | April 2020

Mosaic of Kimba’s Iconic Species - Community Public Art Project; Designed and created by Karen Carr and assisted by the community of Kimba as part of the Kimba Art Prize & Exhibition 2019.  Kindly funded by Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal Tackling Tough Times Together, Government of South Australia Arts SA, and District Council of Kimba. (More details below.)

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Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula has gathered information and resources to help you manage your small business or organisation during the coronavirus crisis and into the recovery phase. Check out our website: RDAWEP

We are also collating real time data and providing it to Government in a form that influences stimulus initiatives and other responses. What we are doing to assist our region:

  • Collating and communicating local, state and Australian Government initiatives across the region.
  • Meeting with the Federal Minister on a weekly or more frequent basis to directly update on regional/local impacts to influence federal government response eg. the importance of maintaining air travel for health access and delivery; the need to direct funding and urgently address telecommunication weaknesses in the region or ways to better support Indigenous communities.
  • Continuous survey of business and industry for gathering and communicating real time impacts on supply chain, income, staff.
  • Continuous survey identifying people looking for work, their skills, skills needs, location etc.
  • Matching businesses to people and people to businesses for employment and production.
  • Assisting industry and government with identifying and addressing supply chain issues and solutions.
  • Assisting industry and government to innovate quickly but carefully and connect to rapidly changing markets, supply chain and investment.
  • Working with local government to compile, group and bring forward for investment and action, projects identified in asset management plans and other documents.
  • Working with industry to identify and make investment ready, projects that will form the platform for stabilisation, recovery and employment.
  • Supporting the Australian Government COVID-19 Coordination Commission as it applies to regions.
  • Supporting and influencing the Premiers Industry Response and Recovery Council.

We encourage you to listen to the advice of the Government and Chief Medical Officers by keeping a safe distance and where possible stay and work from home. 

EP Business Survey

RDAWEP is compiling information on the compounding effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on businesses and organisations throughout the Eyre Peninsula.  In order for us to do this, we need your assistance to share your story in this difficult time.  All information will remain confidential and will only be collated on a regional basis. Please take […]

EP Jobs Register

RDAWEP have released a register/survey for those people on the Eyre Peninsula who have lost their job as a result of the coronavirus. The key aim for this register is to collate regional data on job losses in order to advocate, inform and potentially match you to future employment opportunities when they arise. Please take […]

Coronavirus App

Stay informed. Download the official government “Coronavirus Australia” app. iOS download here: https://apps.apple.com/…/app/coronavirus-austr…/id1503846231 Android download here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details… A new WhatsApp channel has also been launched to supply you with the latest information. To access it go to www.aus.gov.au/whatsapp

The JobKeeper payment

The Australian Government has introduced the JobKeeper Payment designed to help businesses affected by COVID-19 to cover the costs of their employees’ wages. The Government will provide $1,500 per fortnight, per eligible employee, for up to 6 months as part of the $130 billion package. Employers must pass this payment on to their employees. Eligibility: Eligible […]

Airfreight support for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

The Australian Government is backing Australia’s agriculture and seafood export sectors through a new $110 million initiative to help exporters get their high-quality produce into key overseas markets, with return flights bringing back vital medical supplies, medicines and equipment critical to the ongoing health response. With worldwide travel restrictions and reductions in air passenger movements, […]

Coronavirus Health updates

Updates and information on Coronavirus (Covid-19): SA Health  Australian Government Health  World Health Organisation

Prime Minister’s updates on Coronavirus Measures

Update on Coronavirus Measures: $130 billion Job Keeper Payment Media Release, 30 March 2020 Job Keeper fact sheet Prime Minister’s $1.1 billion for Mental Health, Medicare and Domestic Violence Services Media Statement, 29 March 2020 Prime Minister’s Elective Surgery Media Statement, 25 March 2020 Prime Minister’s National COVID-19 Coordination Commission Media Statement, 25 March 2020 […]

State Government Stimulus Packages

The South Australian Government has released a $1 billion stimulus package to save SA jobs and businesses. Jobs Rescue Package Fact Sheet $1 billion stimulus package to save SA jobs, businesses, Media Release 26 March 2020.  Industry Response and Recovery Council, Media Release 26 March 2020.  Unprecedented response and economic stimulus to drive SA jobs, […]


Regional Growth Fund Round 3 Open

The opening of the third funding round of the Regional Growth Fund has been brought forward to help provide economic stimulus to the regions in the wake of devastating bushfires, drought and ongoing impacts of coronavirus. Applications are now being sought for the $5 million competitive round for projects that will strengthen regional economies and […]


Information for Growers during Covid-19

As the voice of South Australian growers, Grain Producers SA (GPSA) is taking a lead role to ensure that decision makers in state and federal governments understand the needs of the grain industry at this critical time following the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. As part of the State Government’s emergency response to prevent the […]

Helping farmers to stop struggling

Growers looking for information and new tools to help cope with uncertainty can now access ifarmwell’s online wellbeing resources. Grain Producers SA has proudly sponsored ifarmwell’s latest marketing campaign to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of farmers and their workers. This program has been funded by the Department of Health and Wellbeing, SA […]

Expansion of Aquaculture Zones

Coastal communities on the Eyre Peninsula are set for an economic boost with the release of more than 6,500 hectares of unallocated and available water for aquaculture production from Tumby Bay to Streaky Bay. Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA), on behalf of the Minister, invite qualified individuals and businesses to apply for a […]

GFG Alliance Operations Open

GFG Alliance Whyalla is going to great lengths to protect the safety, health and wellbeing of its employees as it seeks to minimise the risk posed by the spread of COVID‐19. This comes as the Australian and State Governments have advised GFG Alliance that its Australian businesses remain essential across the mining, recycling, manufacturing, fabrication, […]


Building Better Regional Businesses

The Building Better Regional Businesses program now includes content to guide business owners both in terms of the decisions they are facing right now, and the strategies and management practices that need to be implemented to provide the best opportunity during the long period of recovery. Participants of this course will also have access to unlimited […]


Agricultural Technologies in SA Survey

Calling all people involved in primary industries, research, or agricultural technologies (AgTech). The State Government, through the guidance and advice of the AgTech Advisory Group, is creating an AgTech strategy for South Australia to encourage greater uptake of technology on-farm to increase productivity and profitability. Help to unlock the potential for South Australia and click and […]

Accessible Housing

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) is developing a Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) or cost/benefit analysis into the possible inclusion of minimum necessary accessibility requirements for housing in the National Construction Code (NCC). These housing features should improve use by people either with disability or illness or transitioning through their life stages. The Consultation […]

Regional Aviation Policy Statement

Users of regional airports are encouraged to share their views on how to improve connectivity and innovation in regional aviation. The Australian Government is developing a comprehensive Regional Aviation Policy Statement in consultation with other Government, industry and community stakeholders. The Statement forms part of the Government’s commitment to securing economic growth across regional Australia. […]


SA Healthy Towns Challenge – Grant Applications Extended

Application Close Date Extended – Due to the Covid-19 virus, applications for Round 3 of the SA Healthy Towns Challenge will be extended until 12 June 2020 in the first instance. Live in a rural town? Interested in preventive health and wellbeing? Apply now to be in the running for a grant of up to […]


A message to Tourism Operators

The Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) is aware the COVID-19 virus is causing massive disruption and strain to the Tourism Industry and to your businesses. Whilst we appreciate that you have a number of important matters to attend to during these unpredictable times, we ask that you please take the time to update your ATDW […]


West Coast Youth and Community Support - Youth Awards

Do you know someone aged 12-21 years who demonstrates any of the following? Nominate them now!
- Positive social media inspiration
- Youth leadership
- Contribution to the community
- Personal achievement
- Cultural connections
Nomination Form Youth Awards 2020

Please send nominations before Friday 17 April, 2020, to bek@wcycs.com.au


Please be advised that due to the ongoing situation with the Coronavirus (Covid-19 ) and the current advice from the Government, the majority of events scheduled for the  Eyre Peninsula have been cancelled or postponed. 

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


Facebook & Instagram Essentials for Business - Online Workshops

Tuesday 7 April, 3.45pm - 7.00pm

Tuesday 28 April, 3.45pm - 7.00pm 

Tuesday 12 May, 3.45pm - 7.00pm

Monday 25 May, 3.45pm - 7.00pm

Career Employment Group
Port Lincoln
EWP - Scissor Lift: 2 April
Loader: 6 - 8 April
Forklift: 14-15 April, 11-12 May and 21-22 May
White Card: 16 April and 8 May
Working at Heights: 17 April
Skid Steer (New Plant Operator): 20 - 22 April
Confined Spaces: 24 April
For further information or to register please contact Rebecca on 08 8682 6695 or via email at Rebecca.Pocock@ceg.net.au


UPDATE from TAFE - Mid-Semester break extended, now from 30 March to 27 April 2020.

For more training opportunities visit https://www.rdawep.org.au/news/training-opportunities/


Individual Capacity Building Program from 2020-21 - the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is inviting applications in an open competitive process to apply to deliver services under the Individual Capacity Building Program . Applications close 22 April 2020. The Program aims to ensure:

  • People with disability have the skills and confidence to participate and contribute to the community and protect their rights through an increase in:
    • skills and capacity
    • motivation, confidence and empowerment to act
    • participation and contribution to community.
  • Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs) and Families Organisations (FOs) are strengthened in their capability to deliver services for people with a disability through:
    • improving the organisation’s capacity and ability to deliver the organisation’s mission and Information, Linkages and Capacity Building in the community.

Grants SA - a one-off project funding program that provides grants to not-for-profit 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.

SA Tenders and Contracts - provides easy to use access to all publicly available bidding opportunities within the South  Australian Govenrment.

For more funding opportunities visit https://www.rdawep.org.au/news/grant-funding-opportunities/


Mosaic of Kimba’s Iconic Species - 

The mosaic (above) showcases eleven native Australian species found in the Kimba region. Several of these species like the sandhill dunnart, malleefowl and chalky wattle are endangered by predation by feral cats and foxes, clearance of native habitat and/or overgrazing by overabundant kangaroos and introduced rabbits and goats.

This community artwork however illustrates a rare scene of these precious species depicted larger than life, gathering to celebrate change. Exciting, positive change brought about by passionate members of the Kimba and wider Eyre Peninsula communities who are dedicated to helping these rare plants and animals by removing their threats. Along with the invention of the Felixer: a novel automated tool to control feral cats and foxes, locals are improving management of pests, weeds and fire and fencing areas to re-establish native habitat.  What better way to celebrate a brighter future for our wildlife, plants and the community than with the  Felixer Fest.  A community festival , a song and dance and a very unique gourmet BBQ lunch!


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