Enews December 2017



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RDAWEP's offices will close on Friday 22nd December and re-open on Monday 8th January, 2018.

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Tourism Development

Wanted: Eyes on Eyre

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP), along with Wayfound Consultants, are hitting the road during December to take stock of significant regional coastal access points, camping spots and wayfinding (signage) assets. We want to cast an eye over our immense region and learn where we stand.  Where is the ageing infrastructure?  Can visitors find our iconic locations and service providers? […]

Launch of the Far West Aboriginal Tourism Strategy

RDAWEP is extremely proud of the work undertaken by Aboriginal communities and organisations on the Far West of Eyre Peninsula to produce the first Aboriginal Tourism Strategy in South Australia. Aboriginal culture is the world’s oldest continuous culture. Small but growing Aboriginal tourism ventures on the Far West are taking their ancient culture and sharing, […]

New Kimba promotional film for EP!

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) in conjunction with the SA Tourism Commission and local councils have developed a series of promotional film that showcases the best of our communities and region. Kimba is the latest council to take up the opportunity to produce an individual film that can be utilised to promote the […]

Calypso Star Charters inducted into Tourism Hall of Fame

Calypso Star Charters has been inducted into the prestigious South Australian Tourism Hall of Fame having won best in the category of Adventure Tourism for a consecutive third year at the 2017 South Australian Tourism Awards. In addition, Calypso Star Charters were crowned best Tourism Attraction with Chinta Air Tours taking home a bronze medal […]

Neptune Islands Conservation Park Shines on Seven’s Sunrise thanks to Calypso Star Charters

The ingenuity and gritty determination of Calypso Star Charters Shark Cage Diving crew to bring Sam Mac and the Sunrise Weather Team to Port Lincoln and perform a live cross whilst shark cage diving is a great example of not letting our rugged remoteness get in the way of communicating to Australia and the world […]

International Superstar Invites Chinese To Visit South Australia

McLaren Vale, Kangaroo Island and South Australia’s premium food and wine are about to be showcased throughout China in the State’s biggest ever campaign into our fastest-growing market. Chinese superstar, actor and singer Huang Xiaoming has been announced as South Australia’s tourism ambassador, promoting the state to millions across China. Mr Huang made the announcement […]

Economic and Business Development

RDA funding extension across South Australia

Geoff Brock MP recently announced a three year funding extension for South Australian RDAs, which sees our service provision for economic and business development ongoing until 2020.  Minister Brock also paid tribute to the leadership of RDA South Australia Chair – Rob Kerin – and the tireless work of RDA chapters across the State for […]

Giving Small Business a Big Future in Australia

The Australian Government is committed to Giving Small Business a Big Future through a variety of initiatives that support small businesses. Given the significant role that small businesses play in the economy, the Government has developed a new filter tool to help small business owners find out what support they can access. Located at www.business.gov.au/smallbusiness […]

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme

Are you interested in starting your own business and live in Whyalla, Port Lincoln or Port Augusta? Exciting new changes have come into effect with the government funded New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS). Participants wishing to start a small business can access training, mentoring and support through the NEIS program. Previously only available to job […]

Cape Hardy Port Development

RDAWEP, on behalf of Iron Road Limited (Iron Road), invited individuals and businesses interested in utilising the proposed Cape Hardy port facilities for the import or export of goods and products to register a non-binding preliminary interest (EOPI). Service providers essential for general port operations as well as port construction companies were also encouraged to […]

EPCBH seeks advantage for local grain growers, signs MOU with Iron Road

Eyre Peninsula Cooperative Bulk Handling (EPCBH) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Iron Road Limited to work together to advance the development of a new grain handling business with export facilities at Cape Hardy. The signing demonstrates the parties’ intention towards a consortium approach to the building of the grain export facilities. EPCBH […]

Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) – Round Two applications now open

Applications for Round Two of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) are open, with the program set to continue delivering projects that help rural, regional, and remote communities reach their potential. Acting Minister for Regional Development Darren Chester said Round One of the program had delivered more than $226 million to 257 projects across Australia, and […]

Beware of scammers targeting ASIC customers

The Australia Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and ASIC are warning small businesses to watch out for scam emails pretending to be from ASIC. Scammers are emailing ASIC’s public register customers, many of which are small businesses, asking them to pay fees and give personal information to renew their business name or company name. These […]

Community News

Life Membership for Jonas Woolford

Wildcatch Fisheries SA past President and Nuffield scholar, Jonas Woolford has been granted life membership for his persistent and tactful advocacy of the association in state, national and global forums. Wildcatch Fisheries SA thanks Jonas for his courage, passion, dedication, leadership and vision, and for providing an example of the excellence to which the industry […]

4 Vacancies on the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation Board

Farewell to Marie Lally AM Marie Lally AM has retired from the Board of the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation. She was a member of the Board since 2009 and this now leaves 4 vacancies. If you have a passion for the Eyre Peninsula, and an interest in philanthropy please go to www.epcf.com.au Any queries please […]

Kimba takes the crown!

The town in the heart of the Eyre Peninsula and halfway across Australia was announced as the Overall Winner of the 2017 Sustainable Communities Awards at the KESAB Awards Ceremony at the Adelaide Sailing Club on November 28 2017. Sustainable Communities (or the old Tidy Towns program) is a focus for hundreds of regional communities […]

The 2017 Regional Wellbeing Survey is now open!

The Regional Wellbeing Survey’s mission is to support research that improves the wellbeing and quality of life of people living in rural and regional Australia.  To achieve this, each year people across Australia are asked to take part in the University of Canberra’s survey.  Taking  park lets you have your say on issues ranging from […]

Cleve Sporting Bodies (CSB) Colour Run a spectacle to be seen!

RDAWEP is proud to have supported the highly successful CSB 5km Colour Run held in Cleve in early November. The support and interest the event received from all over Eyre Peninsula was overwhelming with 550 event registrations plus spectators. Children and slow walkers began first, followed by fast walkers, then riders and runners.  They passed […]

Eyre Peninsula Book Bazaar Charity Bookshop

Come and feel the need, the need to read at the Book Bazaar in Port Lincoln. A place where you never pay full price for any book – almost as good as new. Thanks to volunteers and community support, by both donating and buying, the shop now stocks just about every genre of literature as well […]

Training Opportunities

Accelerated Trades Information Session details 2018

During 2016 RDAWEP worked with TAFE SA, members of the Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Heavy Industry Cluster and DSD to establish a vocational training program to address the shortfall in apprentice intake over the past few years. The program is currently a one year training program that includes full-time face to face training and supervised […]


Short Courses on offer:
Essential business Skills for Business Owners and Employees
Serve Food and Beverage
Certificate Courses in 2018:
Certificate II Hospitality
Certificate II Kitchen Operations     read more......

Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy

The AMFA has released its 2018 timetable.

Visit www.amfa.edu.au then call 1800 636 068 for further information.

For more upcoming training opportunities visit www.rdawep.org.au

Have your Say

SA Power Networks Customer and Stakeholder Engagement

In this time of rapid change across the energy industry, SA Power Networks need to ensure their future plans reflect what you, the customer, want from your electricity poles and wires. SA Power Networks undertake a range of of structured engagement activities and programs. In 2016, they developed their Stakeholder Engagement Strategy which reflects their […]

Upcoming Regional Events

State of the State: China

The Australia China Business Council (ACBC SA) invites you to State of the State. Come and hear the latest China news and insights from Premier Jay Weatherill and industry working group leaders, and be the first to hear about an exciting new initiative for 2018. State of the State brings together key government and industry […]

Regional Suicide Prevention Forum

The forum to be held in Port Lincoln aims to identify gaps and opportunities in regional suicide prevention.  Recommendations will help shape the development of local and regional community suicide prevention action plans and the allocation of resources.

Port Lincoln Tunarama Festival

Family fun is in store at the 57th Tunarama Festival, with entertainment including a street parade and the popular tuna toss. The Tunarama Festival began in 1962 as a celebration of the largest fishery in Australia. It combines many local traditions and festive events into the Australia Day long weekend each year. The family friendly […]

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

Grant Funding Opportunities

Featured Grants

National Radioactive Waste Management Facility - Community Benefit Programme - to assist local communities while the site selection and establishment phases of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility are underway.

Excellence in Business Fund - supports programs and initiatives that will build the capability and capacity of SA businesses with up to 200 FTE employees.

 Export and Regional Wine Support Package - three grant programs that aim to grow the Australian wine sector by showcasing the nation's wine tourism offering and driving demand for Australian wine exports.

Smart Farming Partnerships - to put in place new and innovativie sustainable land management practices.

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.

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Handy Links

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