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JULY 2016

In this edition.... 

- Community Services
- Employment and Skills Development

- Economic Development 
- Tourism Development
- Upcoming Training Opportunities
- Upcoming Regional Events
- Award Opportunities
- 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

Rest in Peace Jim

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula mourn the tragic loss of Chair Jim Pollock.

Staff and Board Members of RDAWEP are mourning the loss of their Chair Jim Pollock (09/02/1949 - 13/06/2016) despite courageously refusing to give up.

Jim tragically lost his battle with cancer on the 13th June.  A minutes silence was held for Jim at RDAWEP's Board meeting on 23rd June, led by Deputy Chair Bryan Trigg.
Jim was loved and respected by the staff and Board.  He always made the effort to ask after people and their families and have a chat about fishing before getting down to business.  He genuinely cared about us all.  Jim focussed on issues rather than personalities, playing the ball rather than the man.  A true gentleman with a strong focus on a healthy economic future for the region.
Last year, Jim copped criticism for suggesting that submarines could be built at Whyalla.  There is little doubt that Whyalla will be involved in the manufacture of the submarines and other defence assets.  

Jim was the inaugural and to date only, Chair of RDAWEP and in that role was responsible for assisting in the delivery of millions of dollars worth of infrastructure upgrades, tourism assets, business assistance and employment programs.  These include upgrades to regional airports, attraction of Qantas to Whyalla, upgrades of community assets such as leisure centres, community venues, marine facilities, libraries, walking trails, establishment of the $110mil Petro-Diamond project at Port Bonython and very much more.  Jim was a true statesman for the region and the respect he earned from industry and government leaders at the highest level contributed greatly to the success of attracting new business, investment and funding to our region.  As is the way we all still expect to see Jim's smile and twinkling eyes as he wanders into our offices and hear him cracking Irish jokes.  Sadly, we know that this can't happen no matter how hard we hope that it can.

Our thoughts and best wishes are with Jim's wife and family.
The position of Chair will be advertised by the Australian Government for nominations in due course.

Community Services Initiatives

Whyalla joins the World Health Organisation Age-friendly Network

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP), and Whyalla City Council have received formal notification from the World Health Organisation (WHO) that it's application for WHO Age-friendly accreditation was successful.

This is great news for the city and recognises that Whyalla has adopted world's best practice in being a city for all ages and 'adding life to years'.  The city is now in the company of 287 global cities and the 113 million people who live in them.  New York, Brussels, Manchester and Toronto have also recognised the importance of being Age-friendly and are on a similar path.

SEE THE LINK to Whyalla's page on the WHO Age-friendly website.

Age-friendly cities and communities don't only benefit older people.  They are designed to be barrier free, diverse, inclusive and cohesive with benefits for all ages.  They make a city a place of choice for all generations by being a great place to live, have a family and grow old in.
The enabling environments established by an Age-friendly city make it possible for older people to stay independent, active, connected and contribute positively long into old age.  This not only benefits the community but it also strengthens the regional economy as people are able to continue to make social and economic contributions as they become older.  Over time it will also help to grow and strengthen a considerable service industry able to service the city and other regions across Eyre Peninsula.
Becoming an Age-friendly city is also important to help Whyalla become known for enterprises other than manufacturing and mining.  This is a key strategy to help diversify Whyalla's and the wider region's industry base.

Whyalla City Council are currently implementing multiple Age-friendly projects.  RDAWEP continue to work closely with Whyalla Council and other stakeholders on implementing actions from Whyalla's Masterplan for Disability and Ageing which underpinned the WHO application.

National Disability Scheme rolls out across the country

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for people with disability, their families and carers in Australia.

The NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.
Supports may include personal care and support, access to the community, therapy services and essential equipment.  The NDIS also provides people with disability, their families and carers with information and referrals to existing support services in the community.

How will the NDIS be rolled out in South Australia?

The NDIS is being introduced in stages, because it's a big change and it is important to get it right and make it sustainable.  Existing service users and new participants will enter the scheme progressively.  The NDIS is expected to cover all of South Australia and all age groups by July 2018, ultimately providing support to about 32,000 people with disability.
  • South Australian children aged between 0-14 years will enter the NDIS from 1 February 2016.
  • Young people aged between 15 and 17 years will enter the NDIS from 1 January 2017.
  • Eyre Peninsula adults aged 18-64 years will begin to enter the NDIS from 1 January 2018.

How do I get NDIS ready?

For more information visit the NDIS website or the South Australia page
to find out when the NDIS is coming to your area.

Commonwealth Home Support Programme

FREE information sessions for your community groups!

COTA SA has been funded by the Australian Government to deliver information sessions to older people in the community about the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).
Trained Peer Facilitators will present the information 'Maximising My Independence' (at home and in the community) FREE at your club to help your members understand:
  • Aged Care Reforms
  • The Commonwealth Home Support Programme and how it can support people to remain living independently at home
  • MyAgedCare is the 'one stop shop' for information about aged care and aged care services and referrals
  • Co-contribution of fees for service.

Please call COTA SA Booking Office 08 8232 0422 (Country Callers 1800 182 324) or visit the COTA SA website to book your clubs free session.  Available now!


Employment and Skills Development Initiatives

Eyre Peninsula Workforce Builder snapshot

EP Workforce Builder (EPWB) is the umbrella program for all the work RDAWEP does to connect industry with a suitably skilled workforce to grow our regional economy.

EPWB improves the efficiency and professionalism of the workforce in the region, enables unemployed or under-employed people gain additional hours of employment, grows the size of the Eyre Peninsula workforce, and is sustainable.
The EPWB program sits within Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula's Employment and Skills Development unit which is funded by various levels of government to provide economic development services.  One of the services is the Department of State Development's WorkReady program.  This program aligns well with EPWB's philosophy of working closely with employers and regional bodies to provide quality work placements.
As part of the WorkReady program, RDAWEP has entered into a two year agreement to provide brokerage services to deliver skills and employment projects.
Also sitting under the EPWB umbrella is the Career Development Service (CDS). This service plays an important role in supporting workforce participation and regional economic development in the Eyre Peninsula region.  It assists local people to effectively steer their way through the changing nature of the labour market specific to the region.  The CDS provides:
  • Individual career planning and advice
  • Assistance with resume writing and interview techniques
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assistance
  • Regional intelligence on where the jobs are
  • Cover letters and response to recruiter communication
  • Support to employers with candidate communication.
RDAWEP employs two qualified CDS practitioners who provide services in Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula.

For further enquiries on the services Eyre Peninsula Workforce Builder provides phone:
Whyalla office 8645 7811 | Port Lincoln office 8682 6588

Australian School based Apprenticeships

Australian School Based Apprenticeships (ASBA's) are a great way to engage young people in their vocational career pathway whilst completing their secondary schooling.

Employing a school based apprentice is comparable to employing a full-time or part-time trainee/apprentice, with the exception that they are only required to work a minimum of 7.5 hours per week while they are still at school completing their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). The 7.5 hours can be a full day away from school per week or after school hours and weekends, depending on your business' requirements.
School Based Traineeships can be undertaken in a range of qualifications including: retail, business, finance and warehousing etc.  The qualification chosen should be based on the type of skills needed to be successful in your work place.  The duration is usually 12-24 months.
School Based Apprenticeships can be undertaken in any traditional trade area eg: electrical, building, baking and commercial cookery etc. The duration will be 36-60 months and once the student has completed their SACE, your business would need to convert the apprentice to a full of part-time apprentice.

The Federal Government provide a range of incentives for employing school based apprentices/trainees.  Incentives for a Certificate III ASBA is up to $5,500 for eligible employers.

For more information CLICK HERE or contact:
Karen Skinner, School Based Apprenticeship Broker
Whyalla, Port Augusta and Eyre Peninsula Trade Schools for the Future  |  0437 062 547

Economic Development Initiative

SA contribution to Federal Mobile Black Spot Programme

The State Government will contribute up to $2 million to the second round of a Federal Government programme aimed at extending mobile voice and wireless broadband services throughout regional Australia.

$1 million of South Australia's co-contribution will come from the Regional Development Fund.


The Federal Government's Mobile Black Spot Programme provides funding to Mobile Network Operators to build new mobile base stations in regional locations, with $60 million allocated nationally for round two.
Under the Programme, the Mobile Network Operators - such as Telstra and Optus - submit applications directly to the Federal Government for funding to build new base stations.  The Federal Government determines which sites will be funded.

Quotes attributable to Science and Information Economy Minister Kyam Maher

In round one of the Federal Government's programme, Tasmania received funding for 31 new base stations with a co-contribution of $350,000.
Given that we are contributing almost six times more than Tasmania - and they received funding for 31 sites - we would expect the Federal Government to fund a proportionate number of new base stations reflecting our investment.
The State Government is committed to supporting regional South Australia through improved communications, which would help to deliver important economic, tourism, and safety benefits.

Quotes attributable to Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock

Regional South Australia is the power house of the state's economy, and whenever I travel in the regions I hear that mobile black spots are impacting that growth.  That's why I have committed $1 million from the Regional Development Fund towards the State Government's co-contribution to this Commonwealth programme.

Tourism Development Initiatives

Port Lincoln Airshow Spectacular!

Be amazed with two days of mind blowing high speed action on the weekend of October 15-16.

From old to new with jam packed action and adrenalin pumping mind blowing pyro technics.
Featuring aerial action by Judy Pay and the amazing stunt pilot Paul Bennett performing his jaw dropping routines.

The Port Lincoln Airshow committee is hoping the community will get behind the event and buy tickets before September so the show can go ahead.

Book early and save up to 30%!!
Buy Tickets

Upcoming Training Opportunities

TAFE SA Happenings across EP and Whyalla

Short Courses on offer at TAFE SA

Provide First Aid & Provide CPR

TAFE SA students are trained by current paramedics and registered nurses who continue to work in their industries.  This gives students the advantage of learning from health professionals who have current experience in dealing with emergency situations.
Courses available in Whyalla, Port Lincoln, Ceduna, Wudinna, Kimba and Cleve.

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

TAFE SA is looking forward to having a major presence at the EP Field Days in Cleve on August 9th, 10th and 11th.  

Some of the opportunities to engage in quality nationally accredited training will include:
  • Work Safely at Heights - course to be conducted at the Field Days (registration essential)
  • Cooking demonstrations from our hospitality team from Port Lincoln including 'Kids in the Kitchen' where your kids can get involved (limited numbers, registration essential)
  • Simulated Welder
  • Program staff on site to answer all your questions about studying with TAFE SA.

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 and a full list of courses visit


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

Starting Semester 2 every Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm
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!
This course is open to anyone who is interested.  SEE THE 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


Upcoming Regional Events

Positive Ageing Forum - Whyalla

A new age for older workers

What are the challenges of working longer?

How do we create age-friendly workplaces?

The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) and Council of the Ageing (COTA) are hosting this important community event.
Professor Barbara Pocock, Emeritus Professor at the University of SA and former director of the Centre for Work/Life, will talk about her research in this area and help uncover strategies to help both workers and their employers plan for the future.

 Wed July 27, 11am - 2pm
Where:  Field Street Hall, Whyalla Playford
RSVPs:  are essential to or 8305 4222

Through the Lens:  

Seniors Card photographic competition and exhibition

Through the Lens is part of this year's International Day of Older Persons celebrations.  It is open to all South Australian Seniors Card members.
The competition and exhibition promote active ageing by celebrating the skills of older South Australians through the art of photography, and demonstrates that people can learn and create at any age.

ENTER NOW to win great prizes!  

Entries close at 5:00pm on Friday 29 July 2016.  For more information CLICK HERE

Other Upcoming Events...

Date Event Title Venue Contact
1Jun-31Aug Australian Salmon Fishing Championships Elliston Elliston Community and Visitor Information Centre 8687 9200
4 Jul  EP Stud Breeders – Pre Sale Season Merino and Poll Merino Expo Wudinna Showgrounds
11am – 4pm
3-10 July NAIDOC week
5-7 July Climate Adaptation Forum 2016 Adelaide Convention Centre
9-10 Jul State Country Football Championships Centenary Oval
Port Lincoln
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
14 Aug Port Lincoln Show Ravendale Racecourse
Port Lincoln
Makenna Dunning 0448 023 837
18 Aug GRDC Farmer Update Wudinna Community Club ORM Communications
03 5441 6176
18 & 25 Aug Firey Women Workshop Kirton Point Children’s Centre, Port Lincoln Therese Pedler 8682 4300
20-21 Aug Whyalla Show Jubilee Park
Dawn Sharp 8649 1800  
21 & 28 Aug Firey Women Workshop Kimba Golf Club Therese Pedler 8682 4300

Award Opportunities

2016 South Australian Regional Awards

Nominate a story today!

Have you nominated an inspiring individual, group or business in our region for a South Australian Regional Award?

Anyone can simply nominate on-line at 
It's even easier this year to nominate.  You can help to highlight the great work of the Eyre Peninsula community by nominating a story today, and have our story shared with the world.

To nominate a story and for further information on how to nominate CLICK HERE 

Nominations for 2016 Close 28 July.

South Australian Food Industry Awards

Applications for the 2016 South Australian Food Industry Awards Program are currently open - until Monday 11 July 2016.

The Food Industry Awards Program recognises and celebrates the achievements of the South Australian food industry.  This prestigious Awards program also provides a great opportunity for businesses to increase their profile and showcase their success.  Award categories include business excellence, innovation, primary production, sustainability and export.
Just by being involved, businesses receive two hours of FREE professional advice or coaching with a Food South Australia Service Provider.  All finalists receive a confidential, independent feedback report and complimentary ticket to the Gala Dinner in November where winners are announced.  

Full details including eligibility criteria and individual award categories are available at
The application process is easy and can all be done online HERE

Rabobank Leadership Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Rabobank Leadership Awards that recognise individuals who have contributed significantly to the Agribusiness sector.

Leadership Award - goes to individuals who create sustainable growth and prosperity at both a corporate and industry level while demonstrating a wider commitment to society.
Emerging Leader Award - recognises an up and coming leader, with an industry tenure of 10 years or less, who has made a significant contribution to the sector.
Individuals are nominated for these awards by their industry peers, making it one of the most highly-regarded awards within the Australian and New Zealand food, beverage and agribusiness sectors.

For more information visit
NOMINATE by 31 July 2016

Women in Innovation

The Winnovation Awards aim to showcase the state's best female innovators, whether working within an organisation as an intrapreneur or running their own show as an entrepreneur.

Do you know an inspiring, innovative woman?

Nomination or self-nominations for the 2016 Winnovation Awards are now open for all innovative female South Australian residents - or businesses with an innovative women's program.
Check out the award categories and see if you know someone worthy of a nomination.
NOMINATE ONLINE NOW by Friday 8th July.  Nominating is quick, easy and free and can be submitted online in a matter of minutes.   

Australian Event Awards 2016

Events are now open for the Australian Event Awards 2016.

Event organisers, events, organisations and industry suppliers can submit entries for the 10 Best Event categories and the 10 Achievement categories online at until 25 July 2016.
The awards ceremony and the accompanying Australian Event Symposium will be held at Novotel Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast from 21-23 September.
The Australian Event Awards is the national awards program for the events industry, recognising the best events and achievements in the Australian events industry.  The Awards are judged by a panel of experts and all entrants receive feedback on their entry to help them grow and develop in future years.

For more information contact:
Bronwen Largier  P: 02 8096 8776

Handy Resources, Funding and Financing Opportunities

Advanced Food Manufacturing grants program

The Advanced Food Manufacturing (AFM) Grants program is supported by PIRSA and funded by the Government of South Australia.

The AFM grants will support partnerships between food manufacturers, researchers and technical experts to strengthen the food industry's innovation capabilities and improve productivity, profitability and export competitiveness.
Projects will be awarded on a competitive basis. AFM grants may support:
  • the development of innovative food products that feature novel food sources, higher value food performance such as health or nutritional benefits
  • the development of high value food products designed for specialist domestic or international markets, or specific performance or regulatory requirements
  • improved or alternate food processing technologies including engineering design, production engineering, inline process controls, energy efficient manufacturing
  • new food packaging or preservation technologies
  • sustainable food production including optimisation of raw materials, utilisation of waste streams as by-products, technology for decreasing solid and liquid waste, technology for energy efficiency
  • the commercialisation of market-ready research from University research programs and the wider South Australian research sector.

Expressions of Interest for Round 3 will open at the beginning of the new financial year.
For more information visit

Future2 Make the Difference!

The 2016 Make the Difference! grants applications close on 1 August.

Future2 seeks to support programs that address the needs of disadvantaged young Australians through:
  • Education, including skills training and leadership development
  • Engagement, including mentoring and juvenile justice programs
  • Employment, including work experience and job readiness training
  • Well-being, including remedial programs for drug and alcohol dependence
  • Independent living, including addressing social exclusion and homelessness.
Applicants may apply for a short-term grant of up to $10,000 in one year or a multi-year grant with total value up to $30,000 over three years.
Community not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply.
For more information visit

Export Market Development Grants 

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters.

Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism and the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia.  Applications open 1 July 2016.
The EMDG scheme:
  • encourages small and medium sized Australian businesses to develop export markets
  • reimburses up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000
  • provides up to eight grants to each eligible applicant.

For more information on the EMDG scheme CLICK HERE

CommBank Cricket Club Sponsorship

To demonstrate support for your team, CommBank are offering local clubs the chance to apply for one of their two-year sponsorships.

If successful, you'll receive a helping hand of $2,000, brand new cricket equipment and CommBank gear like marquees for game days.
Applications must be submitted by Sunday 7 August.

To apply on behalf of your club CLICK HERE

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.
  • 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.
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