July 2023

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Eyre Peninsula Delegation in Canberra

Pictured above: (back) RDAEP CEO Ryan Viney, Kimba Mayor Dean Johnson, Minister Kristy McBain, Streaky Bay Mayor Travis Barber, Kimba CEO Deb Larwood, Tumby Bay Mayor Geoff Churchett, Port Lincoln Mayor Diana Mislov, (front) Lower Eyre CEO Delfina Lanzilli, Lower Eyre Mayor Jo-Anne Quigley, Tumby Bay CEO Rebecca Hayes and Elliston CEO Nikki Becker. 

RDAEP Board Meeting 

The Board held their 77th General Meeting at Cummins on Friday 23 June 2023 and invited the Lower Eyre Council as guests. 

Thank you to Deputy Mayor Steve Woolley, Councillor Peter Mitchell, CEO Delfina Lanzilli, Matt Grant and Bonnie Puckridge for presenting Council's plans for the future. 

RDAEP looks forward to collaborating with the Lower Eyre Council to support these projects and other economic development opportunities. 

Pictured below: RDAEP Committee Member Joshua Telfer, RDAEP Chair Bryan Trigg, RDAEP CEO Ryan Viney, Lower Eyre Council CEO Delfina Lanzilli and RDAEP Committee Member Matt Waller. 

RDAEP Priorities for 2023-24

The Board adopted the 2023-24 Business Plan and Budget at its meeting on Friday 23 June. 

RDAEP will continue to implement the RDA Charter, and address the priorities as identified in the newly adopted Strategic Regional Plan 2023-26.

Whilst the Strategic Regional Plan identifies 17 Priority Areas, we have identified 5 key areas for 2023-24:

  1. Housing and Accommodation – increase housing supply, mix and choice to support population growth.
  2. Healthcare Services – improve access and quality of healthcare services to support community health and wellbeing.
  3. Economic Prosperity – economic growth through improved business efficiencies and industry diversification.
  4. Infrastructure Capability – provision of economic enabling infrastructure (transport, power supply, water security, telecommunication connectivity).
  5. Workforce – attraction, retention, training and support.

RDAEP looks forward to working with Councils, Government, industry, community and other stakeholders on initiatives for economic development on the Eyre Peninsula to achieve the best possible outcomes for our region.

Regional Leadership Development Program

21 participants from across the Eyre Peninsula took part in Residential II of the Regional Leadership Development Program held in Wudinna over two days in late June. Facilitated by Sarah Prime (Champions Academy), on behalf of RDAEP,  leaders left with an abundance of knowledge and inspiration. Day 1 saw the participants engage in a keynote followed by a Q&A session with one of Australia’s most in-demand speakers, Bernard Salt. Participants were also provided with information and statistics that would help challenge and apply their thinking for the remainder of the day, followed by a casual dinner in the evening, providing a great networking opportunity for all involved.

On day 2 of the program, the participants were joined by 2 cohorts of students from Wudinna and Karcultaby Area Schools, taking part in a survivor style game. Invited to challenge their thinking and work together in teams, participants and students were put into fast thinking situations. With high stakes on the line (winning) Champions Academy staff, RDAEP staff, Bendigo Bank Representative, David Stoeckel and school staff were on the look out for groups working together, challenging their thinking and working outside the box. The enthusiasm from both students and participants was high as they worked through challenges and changed roles within their groups. After a quick vote at the end of the session, Wudinna students in team ‘Pinkie Pie’ took out the win for the day.

Program participants will continue their online learning and will come together again for Residential III in late August.

Pictured below are school students who attended day 2. 

Eyre Peninsula Delegation to Canberra 

During the week of 13 - 16 June, RDAEP facilitated a delegation of Eyre Peninsula councils to Canberra to attend the Australian Local Government Association Regional Forum and National General Assembly. During the week, CEO Ryan Viney and the EP delegation met with the Hon Kristy McBain, Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories to present the recently adopted Eyre Peninsula Strategic Regional Plan 2023-26. The Plan delivers a unified vision and region-wide strategies for attaining sustainable economic development on the Eyre Peninsula over the next 3 years. It presents a series of shared priorities over the short to medium term, which is important as it will guide the allocation of resources by all levels of government. 

RDAEP will be coordinating further correspondence and case studies/priorities developed by each Council for presentation back to the Minister. 

The Eyre Peninsula delegation also met with Senator Karen Grogan at Parliament House to present the recently adopted Eyre Peninsula Strategic Regional Plan 2023-26 and advocated for funding of key regional priorities such as General Practitioner recruitment, more childcare facilities and other regional issues.

Pictured below: Eyre Peninsula Mayors and CEOs meeting with Senator Karen Grogan at Parliament House.

RDSA Annual Summit

The theme for this years Annual Summit is 𝘗𝘰𝘱𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘺 - 𝘙𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘗𝘰𝘱𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘎𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘵𝘩 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩 𝘈𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘢 - 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯.

Regional Development South Australia invites you to attend the 2023 Annual Summit in Gawler on Friday 22 September, preceded by a dinner in Seppeltsfield on Thursday 22 September.

Following on from the previous two summits, which focused on workforce and housing, the focus is on the greater question of harnessing the forward investment pipeline through growing Regional South Australia’s population. The aim of the day is to examine what could be possible if we remove all barriers to population growth in Regional South Australia. Bookings can be made here https://www.trybooking.com/CIZCF


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