Enews February 2019


E-NEWS | February 2019

Welcome to our regional newsletter

50 road trains carrying hay for drought stricken farmers pull out of Wudinna on their way to Cobar, NSW on Friday 25 January.  These volunteers left Esperance and Norseman as part of the 'Farmers Without Borders Hay from WA Run', and spent the night in Wudinna after crossing the Nullarbor.  The Wudinna District Council, community groups and local businesses came together to host the overnight stay which included free meals, assistance with truck parking, accommodation and a range of other support for the trip.  Drone image by Bec Smart-Smarty Pants Photography

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Economic and Business Development

Whyalla – The City of Opportunity

Whyalla may potentially become the fastest growing city in Australia. RDAWEP and the Whyalla City Council are actively working together to maximise the opportunity for the city with the rapid influx of new investment commitments and enquiries on the back of the major GFG Alliance multi billion dollar commitment to the regional city. RDAWEP is […]

Business Assistance Program

The Australian Taxation Office provides assistance for new businesses through their Business Assistance Program.If you’re new to business and don’t understand the tax and super obligations required for running a business, the Business Assistance Program may be right for you. MORE INFORMATION Cyber Security Small Business ProgramIf you are a business with 19 or fewer […]

Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation wins!

Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation (FWCAC) has won its second award in two months. FWCAC’s enterprise arm, Far West Coast Investments has won the Aboriginal Enterprises in Mining, Energy and Exploration (AEMEE) 2018 Resource Sector Business of the Year which highlights the success of Indigenous businesses that service and support the resource sector in Australia. […]

Have Your Say

Review of school bus services in regional SA

School bus services in regional South Australia are being reviewed to see how government school buses can provide travel for all students, regardless of what school they attend (government or non-government school). Also being considered is making school buses available for broader community use and if moving the responsibility for school buses from the Department […]

Planning and Design Code: Productive Economy Policy

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) wants your feedback on how their proposed new planning and design code can better support South Australia’s economy. They would like to hear your views on what you believe are the key issues and opportunities in land-use planning policy, which relate to business and industry. They are […]

Help to reduce waste

At lease 8 million tonnes of plastics end up in the ocean each year and if current trends continue, by 2050 there will be more plastics in the ocean than fish. Your help is needed to help protect our environment from the impact of single-use plastics and used food and beverage containers. This month you […]

Scholarships and More

Back to School Vouchers 2019

Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation will begin distributing Back to School Vouchers around Eyre Peninsula in late February. The total value for 2019 is $33,700 which includes matched funding. If you would like to contribute to this funding opportunity which is available right now, you can make a tax-deductible donation to the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation. […]

YMCA SA Youth Parliament

Applications for the YMCA South Australia Youth Parliament program for 2019 have opened. The YMCA South Australia Youth Parliament is a non-partisan program providing a platform for young people aged 15 – 25 to voice their views on important issues, learn about democracy, build skills and parliamentary understanding. It focuses on personal development, empowerment and […]

Read more about the following scholarship opportunities HERE

Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program - to improve access to and completion of STEM tertiary education courses for students from regional and remote Australia.

Women's Leadership Development - to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.

AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship - supporting students studying an ag related degree. 

Training Opportunities

Port Lincoln and Whyalla:  Health and Safety Rep; Intermediate Word 2016; I improve Reading Level 1; Microsoft Training.
Pt Lincoln: Contractor's Licensing Unit-Plan Small Business Finances; Cert II in Hospitality; Cert II in Kitchen Operations.
Streaky Bay: Food Safety
Provide First Aid - multiple dates and locations

CEG - Whyalla: Confined Space, Forklift, White Card, Working at Heights, Rigging, Elevating Work Platform.
Port Lincoln: Forklift, White Card, Confined Space, Working at Heights.

Click Here for more information and training dates 

Award Opportunities

SA Ag Town of the Year

Nominations for the inaugural South Australian Agricultural Town of the Year Award close on 15 February so nominate your town now!  
For more information visit www.regionalshowcase.live

Upcoming Regional Events

NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Commission and Office of the Public Advocate Forum

NDS are pleased to invite you to hear from the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Commission and the Office of the Public Advocate in at the Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Whyalla office. The NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Commission will speak on the topics of Behaviour Sport, Restrictive Practices, PBS Practitioner Registration and Competency […]

Lock Cup

The Lock Cup will be held at the picturesque McLachlan Park Racecourse and will be the 53rd race meeting for the Lock Race Club. Nicknamed ‘The Oakbank of the West Coast’ the beautiful green lawns and shady trees of McLachlan Park create a relaxed picnic atmosphere making the day great fun for the whole family. […]

Small Business Fair

Small Business Matters Are you keen to grow your small business but just don’t have the headspace and time to think about it? Or are you thinking about starting a small business but need some tips about the best way to move forward? The Australian Department of Jobs and Small Business is hosting a Small […]

Regional Voice Whyalla

Regional Voice is coming to Whyalla Business SA and Whyalla Chamber of Commerce and Industry will be co-hosting the Regional Voice forum at Westland Hotel.  The FREE forum gives you a chance to learn about the issues affecting the business community in the Whyalla region. Business SA will share the results of the biennial Regional Voice Survey […]

Port Lincoln Cup

Head down to the Port Lincoln Racecourse between 10:30am and 5:00pm on Friday 1st of March and enjoy the exciting atmosphere of the Port Lincoln Cup. The Port Lincoln Racing Club proudly support Ronald McDonald House and $1 for every single gate entry on 2019 Cup Day will be donated to the charity to help with […]

Chain of Responsibility.....Made Easy!

Did you know regulations have changed under the Heavy Vehicle National Law?
Grain Producers SA are holding interactive, free and practical workshops in February at Cleve, Cummins and Wudinna, and in March at Wirrulla and Cowell.
For more information and to register visit: www.rdawep.org.au/events

Save Our Mates - Men's Wellbeing Roadshows

Helping blokes look out for their mates. The initiatives mission is to improve the mental health of youth, men of all ages and Aboriginal and TI people.  Roadshow 1 will visit Whyalla and Port Lincoln in February, and Roadshow 2 will visit Whyalla and Port Lincoln again in March.
For more information and your FREE ticket visit:  www.rdawep.org.au/events

EPLGA Annual Conference 2019

The District Council of Kimba will host the 82nd Eyre Peninsula Local Government Association Conference on 25 – 26 February 2019.  The Council is excitedly preparing for another successful conference focused on our region and its location being positioned for prosperity. With a line-up of exciting key note speakers and entertainment for the EPLGA Member […]

Business Readiness Workshops

How well prepared is your rural or regional business for a natural disaster event?  What impact would a bushfire, flood, or even a significant power outage have on your operations, employees and bottom line?
Business Support's FREE Business Readiness Project workshops aims to help you be better prepared and survive natural disaster events.  4 - 8 March in Kimba, Cleve, Cowell, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Streaky Bay, Smoky Bay, Ceduna and Wudinna.
For more information and to register visit www.rdawep.org.au/events

ORSR Funding Information Sessions

The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR) encourages those interested in applying for the Active Club Program or the Community Recreation and Sports Facilities Program to attend the information sessions in Whyalla (6 March) or Port Lincoln (20 March).
For more information and to register visit www.rdawep.org.au/events

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

Funding Opportunities

Featured Grants

Move It Aus - Participation Grant Program - to help organisations get Australians moving. Closing 18 Feb 2019.

Active Club Program - helps recreation and sports clubs with facility upgrades and, program and equipment.  Opens 6 Feb and closes 10 Apr 2019.

Regional SA Business Events Bid Fund - to attract business events which will increase spending in the regional economy.

SA Heritage Grants Program - to help conserve and activate heritage places and areas, and to support heritage trades.  Closes 15 Mar 2019.

Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant - to invest in projects that build capabilities aligned with Defence's Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities. 

Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy - will support apprenticeships in skills needs occupations in rural and regional areas. 

Age Friendly SA Grant - for local government entities with projects which align to the State Government's Age Friendly SA Strategy key priorities.

Top 5 Government Grants for start-upsEntrepreneurs' Programme, CSIRO Kick-Start, Biomedical Translation Fund, Export Market Development Grant, Research and Development Tax Incentive.

Grants SA - Grants for 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.

CLICK HERE for more Grant Funding opportunities 

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

Handy Links

PIRSA  - stay informed about Primary Industries and Regions SA news.  CLICK HERE to view PIRSA's latest newsletter.  In this issue they introduce their new chief Veterinary Officer and cover seasonal topics such as minimising spray drift and how you can help keep our state fruit fly free. 

Farming together has news of grants, funding scholarships, jobs and other opportunities. CLICK HERE to view their latest newsletter including:  National funding opportunities; For start-ups; Want to export?; Green energy; and more.


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Port Lincoln Office

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Port Lincoln SA 5606
T: (08) 8682 6588
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Whyalla Office

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Whyalla Norrie SA 5608
T: (08) 8645 7811
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