E-news: October 2020


E-NEWS | October 2020

Lift-off at Koonibba Test Range - 19 September 2020

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Eyre Peninsula – Where Else!

Wow what a massive month for the region.

Aero Space
A space first with two successful test rocket launches at Koonibba by Southern Launch carrying a payload for DEWC.

Port Projects
The Lucky Bay Ferry is on it’s way back into service while T Ports is recruiting staff for this year’s grain harvest.

Iron Road and EPCBH have secured Macquarie Capital as a funding partner for the development of a $250m multi-use deep sea port at Cape Hardy.

District Council of Ceduna has completed the Thevenard fish unloading facility.

Mining and Infrastructure
Andromeda Metals is pursuing Kaolin mining feasibility at Poochera.

Kimba is steadily progressing opportunities spinning out of the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility project.

ElectraNet and SA Water gear up to deliver improved energy distribution ($290m) and water security ($90m desal plant). ElectraNet have received funding approval for the Eyre Peninsula Link with works set to commence in March 2021. 

The proposed $90m destination resort hotel at the Whyalla Foreshore is being marketed off the plan subject to PA.

Caravan Parks, hotels, motels, rentals being heavily booked right across the region as Australian’s rediscover our beautiful and exciting back yard.

Welcome Trevor

RDAEP is pleased to welcome Trevor Smith to the team as an Economic Development Manager. Trevor has an extensive experience in local government and economic development, working in various roles in Western Australia and Victoria, and most recently as Chief Executive Officer at the District Council of Tumby Bay. Trevor’s mix of skills and experience will […]

RDSA – The Regional Blueprint

Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula (RDAEP) would like to present to you the South Australian Regional Blueprint produced by Regional Develoment South Australia (RDSA). RDSA is a unique model within Australia and one for the State to be very proud of, due to its tripartite funding model across Federal, State and Local Government.  It is […]


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Lift-off at Koonibba

After a misfire during its first attemp on Tuesday 15 September 2020, Southern Launch finally gave the Koonibba Aboriginal Community the lift-off they were expecting. Southern Launch and Defence Electronic Warefare Company (DEWC) successfully fired two dart rockets from the Koonibba Test Range on Saturday 19 September 2020, the first commercial rocket launch to the […]

Macquarie Capital Joins $250 million Cape Hardy Stage I Port Development

A $250 million multi-commodity and multi-user deep-water port proposed at Cape Hardy on the Eyre Peninsula has taken another important step with Macquarie Capital signing a joint development agreement with Iron Road (ASX: IRD) and Eyre Peninsula Co-operative Bulk Handling Limited (EPCBH) in relation to the Cape Hardy Stage 1 port project (“Project”). The Cape […]

Successful Funding for EP

Congratulations to the following EP businesses and local governments for receiving Federal/State funding as follows: Ferretti International have received $2 million for a steel processing facility at Whyalla throught the State Government’s Regional Growth Fund and $750,000 through the Federal Government’s Manufacturing Modernisation Fund; Eyre Peninsula Ocean Jacket Fishery Export Cluster have received $740,000 for […]

Funding Announcements – Digital Business, Regional Tourism, Energy Technologies, Aviation and Health Measures

Digital Business Plan The Government is investing almost $800 million to enable businesses to take advantage of digital technologies to grow their businesses and create jobs as part of a JobMaker Digital Business Plan. The JobMaker Digital Business Plan includes: $256.6 million to develop a Digital Identity system $419.9 million for the Modernising Business Registers […]

Food, Wine and Agribusiness Growth State Plan launched

An ambitious industry-led plan to grow South Australia’s food, wine and agribusiness sectors to $23 billion by 2030 has been launched. The joint industry and government Food, Wine and Agribusiness sector plan forms part of the State Government’s Growth State initiative and sets out a clear pathway to accelerate economic growth through expansion and innovation. Development of the […]

$8 million Steel Processing Facility upgrade for Whyalla

An $8 million upgrade to a steel processing centre in Whyalla will create a state-of-the-art facility and further enhance the Spencer Gulf as a manufacturing hub in South Australia – securing up to 160 jobs. The project will be delivered by Ferretti International with the State Government providing $2 million from the Regional Growth Fund […]

New Whyalla Jetty Opened

Whyalla City Council’s iconic jetty – the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere – is now officially open to the public. In a small ceremony, Mayor Clare McLaughlin and Premier Steven Marshall performed the honours, enabling residents to now experience first-hand the once-in-a-generation project. Ms McLaughlin said the jetty was a testament […]


On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme Re-opened

South Australian primary producers in drought affected areas can now apply to the On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme under a new round of funding. You may be eligible to receive a rebate of up to 30% (max $30,000) for the cost of purchasing, installing and repairing on-farm water infrastructure for livestock and permanent horticulture. […]

Regional Connectivity Program – Extension of Application Period

Due to the significant interest in the Regional Connectivity Program (RCP) to date, the Australian Government has extended the application period for the program by four weeks to provide applicants sufficient time to develop their applications. Applications for RCP funding will now close at 5:00pm (AEDT), 17 November 2020. The Regional Connectivity Program (RCP) is […]

Have your say on the draft Pastoral Lands Bill

A draft Pastoral Lands Bill is now open for public consultation. The draft Bill aims to highlight the value from the rangelands, while continuing to maintain the environmental and productive condition of the land for future generations. The Bill is intended to replace the current Pastoral Land Management and Conservation Act 1989 to: reflect the modern needs of South Australia’s […]


Business Jobs boost as more Payroll Tax relief announced

Thousands of medium-sized businesses across South Australia will benefit from further significant payroll tax relief as part of $85 million in economic stimulus announced by the State Government to support local jobs. Under the scheme, businesses with annual payroll (grouped) of up to $4 million will be granted an extra 3-month payroll tax waiver (worth […]

Regional Voice Survey 2020

Business SA is delighted to let you know the Regional Voice survey has returned for 2020, ensuring regional SA businesses and their communities play a pivotal role in the decision-making processes of both State and Federal Governments. The 2020 Regional Voice survey is all about your business, operating conditions, concerns, challenges, and where you see […]

New service for Landowners

Rural Business Support (RBS) is pleased to offer a new service across South Australia in 2020-21 – free, factual and impartial information for landowners, farmers and community members who have queries on resources exploration, mining and quarrying. The Landowner Information Service is an initiative of the SA Government, delivered by Rural Business Support and supported […]

Eyre Peninsula Stakeholder Webinar

Rural Business Support CEO Brett Smith invites you to the RBS Eyre Peninsula stakeholder webinar: Wednesday 11 November, 9.00 to 11.00am. Click here to register your attendance COVID-19, Regional Investment Corporation loans, and Farm Debt Mediation – these are just some of the topics of conversation at Rural Business Support’s stakeholder webinar. The information session will […]

South Australian Young Entrepreneur Scheme – Regional

The South Australian Young Entrepreneur Scheme (SAYES) has been assisting South Australians aged 18 – 35 on what it takes to establish or further develop a sustainable business. It is now easier for young entrepreneurs in the regions to access this service through the Regional SAYES Program. Under the guidance of an experienced mentor and […]

Facilities Management Sub-Contract Register

The South Australian Government will soon commence a tender process for the Future Across Government Facilities Management Arrangements (FAGFMA). Successful Facilities Management Service Providers will be required to comply with the principles of the South Australian Industry Participation Policy, including the continual engagement of local service providers/SMEs/sub-contractors. South Australian businesses interested in sub-contracting with potential […]


Have your say on the new Vision for Port Lincoln

City of Port Lincoln has released its draft Strategic Directions Plan 2021-2030 and invites community feedback from Thursday 24 September to 5.00pm Tuesday 3 November 2020. The Council is seeking community views on the Draft Plan including the new Vision “An inclusive and connected community committed to excellence in culture, industry and innovation”, the Key […]

Great State Travel Vouchers

Premier Steven Marshall announces $4 million for the Great State travel voucher scheme, part of a significant tourism stimulus package to further boost the visitor economy. The Great State vouchers will be offered to South Australians to use towards accommodation across the state. Through the State Government, the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) will provide […]

Draft Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

The Essential Services Commission has released its draft Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP). The draft DAIP outlines the Commission’s commitment to supporting an accessible and inclusive South Australia based on fairness and respect for all. The Commission’s objective is to protect the long-term interests of all South Australian consumers with respect to the price, […]

National Youth Policy Framework Consultation Survey

The Commonwealth Department of Health’s Youth Taskforce is pleased to announce the National Youth Policy Framework Consultation Survey which is now live; closing on Monday 12 October 2020.  The purpose of this consultation is to give young Australians an opportunity to help shape the development of the Framework and share their views on what is most […]


Future Drought Fund: Natural Resource Management Drought Resilience Program – Grant

This program is an open and competitive, grant opportunity to support organisations, famer groups and individuals undertake projects that contribute to improved drought resilience of agricultural landscapes. Through holistic management and adoption of new or existing technology and practices, this program will deliver a range of on-ground outcomes achieving benefits that meet local priorities and […]

Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days

The Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program will provide operational support for agricultural shows societies and organisers of agricultural field days that cancel their scheduled event in 2020 because of COVID-19. The program will help relieve cash flow pressures. It will provide one-off payments to eligible agricultural show societies and agricultural field day organisers […]

$20 million Tourism Industry Development Fund

The South Australian Government recognises the huge impact that COVID-19 has had on the tourism sector across regional South Australia. The Tourism Industry Development Fund is designed to support and stimulate private sector investment in new and improved regional accommodation, and the development of quality tourism product and experiences. It aims to assist in the […]

Business Events Exhibitor Grants Program

The Australian Government has announced it would provide $50 million to create the Business events exhibitor grants program. This assistance is part of the $1 billion Relief and Recovery Fund which is providing assistance to sectors, regions and communities disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. The program will be administered through the Australian […]

Grants SA - due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the normal Grants SA program is ceasing operations until further notice and has been replaced with the COVID-19 Support Grant

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


Career Employment Group
Port Lincoln
Working at Heights:  6 November
EWP Scissor Lift: 13 November
White Card:  12 November
Confined Space: 16 November
Forklift:  17-18 November
Dogging:  23-27 November
For further information or to register please contact Rebecca on 08 8682 6695 or via email at Rebecca.Pocock@ceg.net.au



Espresso Coffee Making:  7 October - Port Lincoln
Food Safety:  2 November - Whyalla
First Aid:  13 November - Wudinna
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR):  13 November - Wudinna
Responsible Service  of Alcohol:  19 November - Whyalla
Advanced Excel 2016 for Business:  20 November - Port Lincoln
First Aid:  25 November - Port Lincoln
Cardiopulmonary (CPR):  25 November - Port Lincoln
Responsible Service of Alcohol:  1 December - Port Lincoln 

For more training opportunities


Heart Scholarship Applications Now Open!

The Variety Heart Scholarships Program supports children with an existing talent, who are disadvantaged or living with a disability, to achieve their full potential and to follow their dreams. Applications can only be accepted for children between the ages of 8 and 17 years of age who are SA residents. Scholarships are awarded to support […]

For more award opportunities
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