Enews October 2018



Welcome to our regional newsletter

Congratulations to the District Council of Elliston for the launch of the Coastal Trail and Wirangu Memorial.  Pictured: Dusty Feet Mob (Image used with permission of ABC Eyre Peninsula).

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Economic and Business Development

Commonwealth Mobile Black Spot Program

In June of this year the Australian Government announced the commencement of Round 4 of its Mobile Black Spot Program. As a result of the first 3 rounds 867 mobile base stations will be established throughout Australia by June 2019. The current rounds’ focus is on regional Australia, with $25 million committed to improving telecommunications […]

Round Three of the Building Better Regions Fund Now Open

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Hon Michael McCormack MP announced on Thursday 27 September the opening of Round Three of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF). Rounds One and Two of the BBRF were highly competitive with 1776 applications received, with just over a quarter of these […]

Farmers Aid Initiative

After a tough few months, and visits to many different Eyre Peninsula regions, Steve Whillas (EPIC Grain Brokers) and Lain Montgomerie (Mentally Fit EP) wanted to find a way to provide relief to drought affected farms. In July 2018, the EPIC Charitable Trust was set up with the aim of providing feed for livestock.  The campaign […]

State Government drought support program

South Australian farmers and their families impacted by the dry conditions will be provided assistance through the State Government’s appointment of up to eight Family and Business Support scouts. The program will be modelled on the successful FaB Scout program deployed during the Millennium Drought in 2009/10. Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim […]

Passenger Service from Ceduna to Yalata Changing Operators

RDAWEP has been managing the passenger service from Ceduna to Yalata for the past five years. The service has operated regularly 3 times per week and during that period has transported 3,780 persons to Yalata.  RDAWEP engaged Dave Clarke as the passenger bus operator, whose cultural knowledge, ability to speak and understand Anangu language and […]

Employment and Skills Development

Skilling South Australia

RDAWEP has been aware for some time that the new Liberal government has a new focus in the area of skills development especially in light of the anticipated skills shortages facing our state. RDAWEP and the State Government in partnership with the Commonwealth is placing considerable attention to increasing the numbers of apprenticeships and traineeships […]

Tourism Development

Paint Cowell’s Silo

The Franklin Harbour Community Development Group have decided that Cowell deserves to be part of the silo painting movement. The group have officially engaged Byron Bay artist Austin NITSUA to work with them and the community to deliver a silo art project for the town. “We’ve decided a lick of paint on our highest standing […]

Disability Workforce Hub Newsletter

Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Disability Hub

CLICK HERE to view the September edition of the Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Disability Workforce Hub newsletter and read more about The New SIL Provider Pack; Ability Awareness Festival in Whyalla!; Webinar - The Neurodiverse Workforce; Navigating Aged Care and Disability Services; Events; Training; Vacancies; and more.

Have Your Say

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula – Project Expression of Interest

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula (NREP)is looking to identify a range of potential natural resources management projects that can be delivered by 30 June 2019, or can be added to a project prospectus, for consideration if and when funding opportunities arise in the future. Do you have a natural resource management project that you would like […]

Planning and Design Code: Environment and Natural Resources

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure wants your feedback on rules for protecting our environment and natural resources under the new Planning and Design Code. The Natural Resources and Environment Policy Discussion Paper outlines the key issues our state is facing in managing resources like land and water as well as planning for climate […]

Doing Business in SA

Have your say on doing business in South Australia for your chance to win an Apple iPad Mini. Spring is in the air, and as summer approaches Business SA would like to know how your company fared through autumn. Has your business started to come out of a winter hibernation? Has the season started early for […]

GM Food Crop Moratorium

Have your say on the GM food crop independent review. Submissions are now open to have your say on the State Government’s independent review of the genetically modified food crops moratorium. This aims to better understand different perspectives and the moratorium’s current and future economic impact. The current South Australian genetically modified food crop moratorium […]

Award Opportunities

2018 Regional Showcase Finalists!

The 2018 Regional Showcase votes are in!  Throughout August, more than 5,500 people voted on their favourite story and with your help, the top 15 state finalists have been decided. The story that received the most public votes will be named the 2018 People’s Choice Award winner and will be announced at a state Regional […]

AgriFutures Rural Women's Award - celebrates and supports women in rural areas, and the essential role they play in rural industries, business and their communities agriculture, forestry and fisheries). Read more......

2019 Science and Innovation Awards - for young people aged 18-35 in agriculture, fisheries and forestry to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue.  Read more......

2019 Telstra Business Women's Awards - For women who are undoing traditional approaches to business by taking a unique approach to success.  Read more.....

Training Opportunities

TAFE SA - Pt Lincoln: Firearms Safety
Microsoft Office Training - continuous enrolments until 19 October.
Provide First Aid - multiple dates and locations
Pt Lincoln and Whyalla: Contractor's Licensing Unit, Microsoft Office Training 

Whyalla: Confined Space, Forklift, White Card, Working at Heights, Elevating Work Platform, First Aid, Standby Person Skillset.
Port Lincoln: Forklift, White Card, Confined Space, Working at Heights, Dogging, First Aid, Skid Steer.

Click Here for more information and training dates 

Upcoming Regional Events

CSB Colour Trail 2018

The CSB Colour Trail 2018 is a fun, friendly, family event for all ages. The 2018 event takes place on the Yeldulknie Weir Walking and Cycling Trail recently constructed by the District Council of Cleve.  The newly constructed trail stretches 5km from the Eastern side of the Cleve township to the beautiful scenic site of […]

2018 Mental Health Week Gala Ball

“Life is a Circus!” Mentally Fit EP began when a passionate group of people organised a Gala Ball during the 2014 Mental Health Week in Port Lincoln and named it ‘Life is a Circus!’ The incredibly successful evening kick started an amazing journey! The past 4 years have seen Mentally Fit EP deliver over 100 […]

Middle Camp to Cowell Fun Run/Ride

The Eyre Peninsula community is encouraged to hit the road, on foot or by bike, to start training for the Inaugural Middle Camp to Cowell Fun Run/Ride.  The event is a fundraiser for the Cowell Silo Art Project, that aims to foster well-being and resilience within the local community. The ten-kilometre challenge is scheduled to […]

Proteus Leadership By Design Program

This is without a doubt one of Australia’s premier leadership development initiatives. With 8 x 1½ hour, power-packed sessions, covering the most challenging and exciting issues facing today’s contemporary leaders, and an 8-week digital challenge program, delegates will have a renewed mindset and a revitalised and positive outlook about their leadership role. The program looks at […]

SA Regional Showcase

ACBC and Immigration SA Regional Trade Showcase in McLaren Vale On behalf of ACBC (SA) and Immigration SA, with the support of NW Alliance, you are invited to register your expression of interest to exhibit your business and your products at the Immigration SA and Australia China Business Council and Immigration SA Regional Showcase in McLaren […]

Australian Tourism Convention 2018

Australia’s Regional Tourism Organisations are warmly invited to attend the Australian Tourism Convention 2018. The Australian Regional Tourism Convention shares your vision to see our vibrant regional communities thrive.  It will provide a platform for tourism professionals across Australia to meet, learn and help drive the tourism industry forward to see growth in our rural […]

Ability Awareness Festival

RDA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Disability Workforce Hub presents the Ability Awareness Festival! Civic Park in Whyalla will be transformed for the free community event to raise awareness and to normalise disability with the support of disability service providers from across the region. The festival will feature talented local artists including Brie Ryan; Barossa Valley’s […]

2018 SA Tourism Awards Gala Dinner

Experience the ‘Outback under the Stars’ at the 2018 South Australian Tourism Awards Gala Dinner. Celebrate the State’s finest tourism operators and be a part of Tourism’s Night of Nights. Network with friends and colleagues while overlooking Adelaide’s stunning Riverbank Precinct. Then indulge in a sumptuous main course and dessert with premium wines and beers, highlighting […]

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

Funding Opportunities

Small Community Grants for 2018

The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation (EPCF) wish to award grants to charitable incorporated organisations and community groups on the Eyre Peninsula. The EPCF believe that local charitable organisations, community groups and proactive and visionary individuals can make a real difference to the development of our communities, and want to provide grants to assist these groups […]

Featured Grants

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

Sport and Recreation Development and Inclusion Program - up to $100,000 to grow a sport or activity, improve services or address barriers to inclusion.

Small to Medium Enterprise Export Hubs - to support the establishment and/or operation of SME export hubs.

Australian Small Business Advisory Services Digital Solutions - to access low cost, high quality digital advisory services.

Future Industries Accelerator - for collaboration between universities and industry.

Aged Care Regional, Rural and Remote Infrastructure Grants - up to $500,000 for existing approved residential and home care providers.

Move It Aus - Better Ageing Grants - to deliver programs to Australians over 65.

Ignitor Fund - to build capacity to be impact investment ready.

Grants SA - Applications open for grants to strengthen communities.

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

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Farming together has news of grants, funding scholarships, jobs and other opportunities. CLICK HERE to view their latest newsletter including - Opportunities for renewable energy industries, shifting states, US$25k for smart food designs,  lots of jobs on offer.

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