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JUNE 2016

In this edition.... 

- Food Industry Development
- Community Services
- Economic Development 
- Tourism Development
- Indigenous Economic Development
- RDA Network News
- Upcoming Training Opportunities
- MasterChef
- Upcoming Regional Events
- Resources, Funding and Financing
- Handy Links

Regional Development Australia -  Whyalla
& Eyre Peninsula Inc

Eyre Office
89 Liverpool Street
Ph:   (08) 8682 6588
Fax: (08) 8682 5081

Whyalla Office
127 Nicolson Avenue
Ph:   (08) 8645 7811
Fax: (08) 8645 1278

Food Industry Development Initiatives

Autumn Chef's Mission

RDAWEP hosted a group of executive chefs and seafood buyers from Sydney and Melbourne on the 8th and 9th May.

Gazander Oysters took the group to their oyster farm at Little Douglas, then treated them to a gourmet barbeque showcasing all local product in a scenic bush location.

L to R: Neil Rocke (Peter Rowland Catering), Mark Allsopp (RDAWEP Food Industry Development Manager), Shaun Presland (The Lucas Group), Peter Hilcke (Cleanseas), Nicola Ronconi (Urban Purveyor Group), Frank Theodore (DeCosti Seafoods), James Kidman (Cafe Sydney), Gabor Denes (Urban Purveyor Group), Shinya Nakano (Nobu).

The following day, the group visited Kinkawooka mussel factory for an educational tour of the processing operations with Andrew Puglisi.  
The group then moved on to The Fresh Fish Place where Craig McCathie showcased more local products and provided an in-depth tour of his processing facilities, followed by some tastings of his new smoked fish product lines.

The final day wound up with a wine tasting at Boston Bay Winery with Tony Ford.
The group were all deeply inspired after being exposed to the origins of the local product and many have commenced using these products in their restaurants.
(Images courtesy Gazander Oysters)

First Export to Qatar

A new opportunity for local growers to reach international markets has emerged with the first shipment of fresh produce exported from Adelaide to Qatar earlier this month.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell said the shipments will showcase South Australia's premium local produce to more overseas markets.
"The daily direct flights between Adelaide and Doha deliver up to 80 tonnes of cargo space a week, allowing our producers to export more of South Australia's premium food and beverages grown in our clean and safe environment to the Middle East and beyond," Mr Bignell said.
"Last week my discussions with Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker, focused as much on freight as they did on passengers because there is massive potential to feed a nation that imports 95 per cent of its food."
Australian Produce Collective has been established as the dedicated export arm of SA Produce Market and is a joint venture with Purus Group, a leading Adelaide-based exporter.  CEO Craig Katz said their focus has been on selling local produce internationally by education these markets about the benefits of Australian and, in particular, South Australian produce.
Operating from a dedicated consolidation hub at Pooraka, the Collective consolidates and prepares premium produce for export.  This central coordination point ensures quality compliance and that products are available to overseas markets throughout the season.
Australian Produce Collective is now looking at further export options to countries including Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Taiwan and Korea, looking to consistently increase the volume of their exports by generating consumer demand through their innovative in-country initiatives.

For more information contact:
Australian Produce Collective | | 08 8349 4493

Toolkit to help Food and Wine Sectors

A new resource has been developed to help South Australian food and wine producers promote our state in international markets and enhance our global premium food and wine credentials.

Developed by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), the Premium Food and Wine Toolkit features images, key messages, videos, and reports that food and wine businesses can use to market their products, region and state.

The toolkit is easily accessible ONLINE and covers South Australia's major sectors of grains, horticulture, seafood, wine, dairy, meat, and livestock.

"To make sure these industries continue to grow, the toolkit will equip our food and wine businesses with the information they need to promote our state and the benefits of buying premium South Australian product," said Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell.
"We have a lot to offer global food and wine markets.  We are the only Australian mainland state that is fruit fly free, and the only mainland state where the growing of genetically modified crops is prohibited."
The comprehensive toolkit was developed in response to feedback from the key food and wine sectors that consistent messages and information are needed to support business in promoting the advantages of buying South Australian.
PIRSA will continue to maintain and further build on the toolkit over time.

The toolkit can be found at:

Community Services Initiative

RDAWEP Need your Opinion!

Through the work being undertaken within the Living Well: Masterplan for Disability and Ageing, Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula is endeavouring to establish the demand for supported disability accommodation in Whyalla.

For local residents in Whyalla that may have a disability and their families, we are trying to establish if there is a need for a purpose-built respite and/or full-time care accommodation.
Respite, for some people, enables individuals with a disability to take a break from their family, enjoy new experiences, and meet new friends while is a quality caring environment.  Respite care also allows for families and carers to receive a break from full-time care giving them some relief, time for other family members and to maybe just have some time to themselves to accomplish other tasks.
In order for us to establish the need, RDAWEP have developed a survey - CLICK HERE
When you open the survey link, you will notice there are three different areas; an area to be completed by a person with a disability, an area for family members who care for a loved one, and another for service providers and carers.
If you would like a printed version of the survey or have any questions regarding the survey content, please do not hesitate to contact:  
Heidi MacDonald, Project Implementation Officer for Disability and Ageing on 08 8644 7402 or 
I encourage you to be a part of this survey and feel free to share.  RDAWEP will need to gain as many responses as possible in order to establish the 'real' demand.

If you have any thoughts on who else could be included in the survey collection, please contact Heidi as soon as possible.
Please complete the survey by 1st July, 2016.  Your time is appreciated.

Economic Development Initiative

South Australia announces new Magnetite Strategy

Together with Resource Industry leaders, RDAWEP's CEO Dion Dorward provided input at a workshop to develop the South Australian Government's Magnetite Strategy, which will aim to secure $10 billion worth of committed investment in iron ore mining projects.

The Magnetite Strategy Workshop, which was hosted by the Department of State Development at the Adelaide Convention Centre, marks the start of the process of identifying initiatives that can maximise the economic benefits of the State's vast magnetite deposits.
South Australian Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy Tom Koutsantonis said securing the targeted investment within the next five years would represent a major step toward reaching the target of 50 million tonnes of iron ore exports a year by 2030.
"South Australia is blessed with vast magnetite deposits and the aim of this strategy is to leverage that natural endowment and transform it into investment, jobs and exports.  If we can capitalise on these deposits and increase the amount of iron ore we export there will also be significant opportunities for growth and jobs in the supply chain around this industry," the Minister said.
The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) welcomes the Magnetite Strategy.  Chief Executive Jason Kuchel said "South Australia's beneficiated magnetite is a high-grade iron oxide with low impurity levels which is highly sought after, as it greatly increases the efficiency of blast furnaces across the globe.  This saves costs for steel mills, and importantly reduces their carbon emissions, a priority for China resulting in ever tightening operational standards."
South Australia currently produces about 1.6 million tonnes a year of magnetite from the Middleback Ranges that is fed exclusively into the steelworks at Whyalla.
Extensive magnetite resources have been identified in the Eyre Peninsula and Braemar Province that could dramatically increase the volume of exports from South Australia.

CLICK HERE for SACOME's Media Release.

Tourism Development Initiatives

The amazing Giant Cuttlefish have arrived!!

Snorkel with the Cuttlefish.

If you've ever wanted to snorkel or dive with these amazing creatures then now is the time to do it.  The Cuttlefish are in the waters around Point Lowly during the winter months, May - August each year.

For more information call into the Whyalla Visitor Centre or visit:

RDAWEP is working with a number of businesses in Whyalla to develop marine tourism experiences including the Giant Cuttlefish, Bottlenose Dolphins and other city highlights.

Tasting Australia showcases Eyre Peninsula food produce

Food produce from throughout the Eyre Peninsula was showcased at Tasting Australia from the 1st - 8th May.

The event, South Australia's largest public food and wine event, took place in Adelaide and various regional locations throughout South Australia.  Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) ensured the region was well represented at the heart of the event 'Town Square' in Victoria Square, Adelaide.
The square drew more than 40,000 visitors over eight days to the market atmosphere where everyone could come and sample some of the finest regional produce from across the state.
This year the event was held over eight days, so it was a big ask to get people out of their businesses for this amount of time to assist with the stand.  By taking a regional approach under RDAWEP's Eyre Peninsula Brand Program and with the excellent support of our regional producers and chefs, we were able to deliver a high quality experience and raise the profile of the Eyre Peninsula to those who attended.

Brad Riddle, Tourism Development Manager for RDAWEP said, "Our focus for this event was the region's world class seafood and ensuring that visitors to the event not only had the opportunity to taste our premium seafood but also gain a better understanding about where it comes from and our regions sustainable fishing and aquaculture industries".

Visitors to the Eyre Peninsula regional outlet had the opportunity to taste Hiramasa Kingfish, Spencer Gulf King Prawns, Blue Mussels, Southern Blue Fin Tuna and Oysters all prepared by Chef Marion Trethewey.

While the Eyre Peninsula food outlet focused on seafood, other local producers such as Boston Bay Smallgoods, Cummins Milling and Olsson's Salts along with a variety of seafood producers, were involved in many other specialist events that took place under the Tasting Australia umbrella.

The event has been confirmed again for May 2017 and RDAWEP will be assessing how we can provide the maximum return for the Eyre Peninsula region.

Indigenous Economic Development Initiative

Scotdesco Diversifies

Scotdesco Aboriginal Corporation, located approximately 25 km west of Penong, is adding to their existing commercial activities.

Scotdesco have entered into a joint venture arrangement with the Pundazoie Group.  Pundazoie operate a program called 'Greening the Desert' which in Scotdesco's case involves the propagation and planting of saltbush.  Scotdesco have completed the propagation and have planted out 50 hectares to obtain seed to be used to continue to sow sites 1 and 2 which total 460 hectares.
Income to be derived from the saltbush include milling into flour and feedstock processing.  Saltbush also has a high sequestration rate of carbon and as such, the carbon credits will be sold to those buyers needing to offset high carbon emissions.

Other Scotdesco commercial ventures include; the breeding and selling of meat sheep (Wiltepol); providing accommodation and forum facilities for schools, government departments and corporate; and catering and coffee facilities for events.  Future activities include the provision of facilities for tourists and cultural activities of interest to tourists and other visitors.

RDA network News

New Regional Development SA website is now live!

Thanks to Regions SA (through PIRSA) for funding the development of the site.

RDSA also have their own new logo.  Thanks to Pamela Wales at Brand South Australia for the design, using the BRAND SA logo model.

To have a look around the new site visit 

Budget commitment to regions

The Federal Government's 2016/17 Budget has reinforced its commitment to boost jobs and growth in regional Australia.

In particular, the Federal Government's four year commitment to the national RDA network and National Stronger Regions Fund is clear support for the critical contribution regions make to national prosperity.
The RDA Committee programme provides a network of 55 committees of community leaders, working to strengthen Australia's regions and build stronger communities.  They achieve this by enhancing economic development opportunities and fostering effective communication between communities, business and all three spheres of government.
RDA Committees will continue to maintain 3-5 year regional plans and advise on critical issues affecting economic development, as well as priority activities to drive economic development in their regions.
RDA Committees also assist local community stakeholders to develop project proposals, identify appropriate funding sources and promote Australian Government programmes.

New report highlights job creation and economic contribution of regional fund

Minister Geoff Brock has announced an independent report that highlights the importance of the Regional Development Fund (RDF) in driving economic growth across the State.

The analysis - by auditing and consulting firm Ernst and Young - estimates the RDF's contribution to the State's economy in 2015/16, as well as the ongoing economic impact over the next seven years to 2020/21.
The report shows that in 2015/16 alone, RDF supported projects have made an economic contribution to the State of $993 million and created 2,265 regional jobs.
$33 million in contestable grants were awarded in RDF Rounds 1 and 2, supporting 61 projects worth a combined $5.6 billion to the State's economy through to 2020/21.
A total of 14,389 jobs will be generated across regional South Australia over the life of these projects.
80% of the value of awarded grants came from the two sectors of manufacturing (mainly food manufacturing), and the agriculture industries.
Manufacturing supported by the RDF will contribute $341 million to the State's economy in 2015/16.
Construction will contribute $161 million with $90 million coming from agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors.

The report shows that in 2015/16 alone, RDF-supported projects in the Eyre and Western region made an economic contribution of $4 million to the region and created 21 jobs.

The report can be downloaded from
For the full news release CLICK HERE.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Firey Women

A free fire safety workshop for rural women, providing information and hands-on practice.

The CFS has developed a workshop designed to provide women with a safe non-threatening setting to learn new skills to protect their families and livelihoods.  VIEW FLYER
Contents covered during the Workshops include:
  • Bushfire awareness and understanding
  • Emotional preparation
  • Fire danger ratings
  • Physical preparation
  • House and property preparation
  • Community preparation
  • Acting on fire danger days
  • Finalising your Bushfire Survival Plan.

For a summary of each topic CLICK HERE

Dates and venues are as follows:
  • June 19 and 26 - Cummins Hall Supper Room - 9am to 5pm
  • August 21 and 28 - Kimba Golf Club - 9am to 5pm
  • August 18 and 25, and September 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 - Port Lincoln, Kirton Point Children's Centre - 12:30 to 2:30pm
  • October 23 and 30 - Streaky Bay Hall Supper Room - 9am to 5pm.

Registration Form available HERE

TAFE SA Happenings across EP and Whyalla


Short Courses on offer at TAFE SA


Food Safety

To increase knowledge and to enhance the level of professionalism within the region, TAFE SA and your local council are offering an accredited FEE FREE short course in food safety for eligible participants. This interactive course is appropriate for hospitals, clubs, hotels, community groups or anyone involved in food handling.  This course is designed to help you and your organisation or business meet the food safety standards!
Courses available in Cummins and Tumby Bay.  VIEW CUMMINS FLYER  |  TUMBY BAY FLYER


Low Voltage (LV) Rescue and Resuscitation

FEE FREE for eligible participants.  If you are an electrician, an electrical apprentice, the holder of a restricted electrical licence, or work as a safety observer for electrical work, then this course is mandatory for you every 12 months.
Courses available in Ceduna, Port Lincoln, Cleve and Kimba.  VIEW FLYER

Please SEE FLYER about short courses coming up in Whyalla......


In collaboration with RDAWEP, TAFE SA are excited to be offering FREE training in Whyalla, Port Lincoln and Ceduna to eligible participants.

Contact Janene Piip on 0488 428 824 to register.  VIEW FLYER
Places still available:
  • Barista - Whyalla Campus, 6-9 June 8:30am - 4pm
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol - Port Lincoln Campus, 6 June 10am - 3pm | Ceduna, 7 June.
  • Child Safe Environment - Port Lincoln Campus, 7 June | Whyalla Campus, 6 June, 9am - 4pm
  • Elements of Shipboard Safety - Port Lincoln Campus, 15-17 June, 9am - 4pm

Certificate Courses on offer at TAFE SA

Semester 2, 2016 enrolments at TAFE SA

Thinking of studying in Semester 2?  There is still an opportunity to register in some courses.  Please contact your campus for details about course availability and to discuss your training requirements.

For further information about TAFE SA courses visit


TAFE SA in partnership with Kimba Area School are excited to be offering Certificate II in Kitchen Operations with a cafe/short order cook focus IN KIMBA!

Starting Semester 2 every Friday from 9am to 3pm
Fees - $140 - $208**Based on units elected.
This course is funded through the Government of South Australia's WorkReady initiative. Eligibility criteria apply, incidental fees may apply.**
This training will include units:
  • Prepare and serve espresso coffee
  • Prepare sandwiches
  • Prepare simple dishes
  • Produce appetisers and salads plus more!
SEE FLYER for more information.

Campus Contacts

Campus Phone Fax
Ceduna 8628 7055 8628 7088
Wudinna 8680 2212 8680 2318
Kimba 8627 2552 8627 2022
Cleve 8628 2456 8628 2524
Port Lincoln 8688 3600 8688 3675
Whyalla 8648 8788 8648 8777


Masterchef Opportunity!

MasterChef would love to have a contestant from the beautiful Eyre Peninsula!

Could you or someone you know be Australia's next MasterChef?

Casting is now underway for the next series.  Take a step towards your food dream!
Apply now and begin a life-changing journey, go to 

Applications close Friday 5th August 2016

Upcoming Events

Australia's Major Climate Adaptation Forum

The FINAL PROGRAM has been released for the Climate Adaptation Conference to be held in Adelaide from 5 - 7 July, 2016.

The Climate Adaptation Conference features international and Australian experts who will speak on a range of topics, from coastal adaptation community adaptation, health, gender, societal transformation and climate finance.


The SA Government is proud to be the platinum sponsor for this event, which is presented by NCCARF and the CSIRO.

Collective Impact Workshops

Port Lincoln Community Partnerships Planning Committee and Together SA are bringing the Collective Impact practice framework to Port Lincoln.

For those who are not familiar with Collective Impact, check out the CLIP
There are some fantastic things being achieved (particularly in Canada and the US) using this approach, and it is building momentum in Australia, and now on the EP!
The workshops, to be held in Port Lincoln on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th July, will be of particular interest to those seeking new ways to address complex social issues.  

If you would like further information about how this may support your work,
please contact Sonia Regan, Committee Chair | 8682 5969


Other Upcoming Events...

Date Event Title Venue Contact
8 June Women in Business - Thinking Into Results Seminar Port Lincoln Hotel
9am – 2:30pm
Karen Brook 0438 022 006
22 June Sheep Producers Workshop Lock Football Club
9:30am – 3pm
Mary 8688 3074 or
0407 187 878
23 June Sheep Producers Workshop Streaky Bay RSL Clubrooms Mary Crawford 0407 187 878
1Jun-31Aug Australian Salmon Fishing Championships Elliston Elliston Community and Visitor Information Centre 8687 9200
27 Jul EPARF Member Day Minnipa Agricultural Centre Dot Brace 8680 6202
31 July Cummins Markets Cummins Hall Kelsey Hurrell 8676 0400
9-11 Aug EP Field Days Cleve
18 Aug GRDC Farmer Update Wudinna Community Club ORM Communications
03 5441 6176
17-18 Sep Wudinna Township 100 year Celebration Wudinna Centenary Organising Committee – Naomi Scholz 0428 540 670
30 Sep-
2 Oct
Ceduna Oysterfest Ceduna Annette Plane  8625 3407
16 Oct Port Lincoln Airshow Port Lincoln Airport  

Handy Resources, Funding and Financing Opportunities

Grants SA launched 1st June, 2016

Grants SA is the result of a significant grant reform through the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, aimed to simplify grants processes and improve accessibility to grant funding for not-for-profit community organisations.  

Through Grants SA, four one-off grant programs, the Charitable and Social Welfare Fund (Community Benefit SA), Multicultural Grants, Volunteer Training Grants and the Volunteer Support Fund, have been combined into a single application process.  Community organisations can now apply once to be considered for funding across all four streams, and will also benefit from less restrictive guidelines and simpler reporting requirements.
In 2016/17 Grants SA will provide $3 million in grants to improve community participation, wellbeing and quality of life for South Australians.  Major grant rounds of $20,001 to $50,000 will be open twice a year, medium grants of $5,001 to $20,000 will be open four times a year and minor grants of up to $5,000 will be open all year round and assessed at the end of each month.

Online application forms and guidelines are available at

Grant information sessions are also being held throughout June.  Please contact the grants team at DCSI on 1300 650 985 if you would like more information about these sessions or if you have any further queries. 

Employment Assistance Fund

The Employment Assistance Fund helps people with disability and mental health conditions. 

Financial assistance can be provided to purchase a range of work related modifications and services for people who are about to start a job or who are currently working, as well as those who require assistance to find and prepare for work.
Employers, people with disability and employment service providers may apply for assistance by completing an online Employment Assistance Fund application form at the JobAccess website.

For further information visit JobAccess or contact a JobAccess Adviser on 1800 464 800.

Youth Volunteer Scholarship Awards

The Youth Volunteer Scholarship Awards open on 15 June 2016 and are awarded in recognition of young volunteers.  

The scholarships are awarded in recognition of young volunteers who are currently involved in volunteering, have a history of community participation, and who have demonstrated their personal motivation and interest in volunteering and helping others in the community.
Winners of the scholarship receive financial assistance to contribute towards the cost of course fees and/or text books associated with attending their chosen field of study delivered by a university, TAFE or other registered vocational college.

Details are available from the Office for Volunteers website after 15 June, 2016.  
Closing date for nominations is Friday, 22 July, 2016.

Handy Links

  • Eyre Peninsula - Australia's Seafood Frontier:  A guide to the seafood of Eyre Peninsula with links to Eyre Peninsula's Seafood User Guide and Seafood Flavour Wheel.
  • Explore Eyre Peninsula:  official Eyre Peninsula Tourism website - Australia's Seafood Frontier.  Everything you need to plan your holiday including accommodation, tours and attractions.
  • Eyre Peninsula Business Builder:  Building strength, skills and resilience in local business - browse and register for upcoming training sessions.
  • Regional Development Australia - Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula: RDAWEP's official website displaying our services, latest news, upcoming events and training, Eyre Peninsula lifestyle and more.
  • Seafood Jobs:  Get on the shortlist for jobs with leading seafood employers in South Australia
  • Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation:   Enables the people of Eyre Peninsula to proactively contribute to the long term benefit of our region by building community capacity, addressing local needs through charitable grant-making and encouraging philanthropy.
  • ASIC Money Smart:  MoneySmart is an initiative of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, which offers tips and tools to help you make the most of your money.
  • Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC):  promotes competition and fair trade in markets to benefit consumers, businesses, and the community.
  • Australian Taxation Office (ATO):  offers information and assistance on all areas of taxation for the individual, business and tax and superannuation professional.
  • Fairwork Ombudsman:  a gateway to information and advice about Australia's workplace rights and rules, including awards and national employment standards.
  • Grantassist:  tool to help you access up to date information on Government assistance and programs.
  • Great Start:  resources and activities for parents of children to improve numeracy and literacy skills.
  • ReturnToWorkSA:  Provides free consultancy services that can help you implement effective strategies to minimise the impact an injury can have on your business.
  • SA Small Business Commissioner:  provides services to resolve small business disputes, along with information to improve the capacity of small businesses to manage their affairs.
  • SCAMwatch:  is a website run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to provide information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams.
  • South Australia Biz:  provides information and free resources such as workbooks, self tests, videos and interactive pdf files to assist SA businesses plan and grow their business ideas.
  • Office of the Industry Advocate:  The Industry Participation Advocate leads a dedicated team who investigate and report on new ways to drive local investment, develop strong value chains from the State's portfolio of major projects, support the development of an advanced services sector and leverage opportunities for innovation.
Please let us know what you think of our newsletter! We welcome your feedback to ensure our communications are meeting your needs. If you have an upcoming event, training opportunity or relevant news story that you would like to share with our networks then we would love to hear from you. Contact RDAWEP on 8682 6588 or email
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