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In this edition.... 

- Tourism Development
- Economic Development
- Have Your Say
- 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

Tourism Development Initiatives

New promotional films for EP!

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) in conjunction with the SA Tourism Commission and five local councils have developed a series of promotional films that showcase the best of our local communities and region.

The project saw the councils of Whyalla, Port Lincoln, Cleve, Elliston and Lower Eyre Peninsula take up the opportunity and produce individual films that can be utilised to promote our council areas to potential visitors, attract investment and act as a reminder to locals about what is so special about our region.  Other councils have already voiced their interest in producing similar films this year.

RDAWEP identified a lack of digital promotional material as a key inhibitor to promoting and marketing the region and with funding support from the South Australian Tourism Commission and councils, sought to produce a series of films that captured the essence of each council area.
"The Eyre Peninsula is a diverse region whether it be in the size of the communities, the landscapes or the produce that we harvest.  Communicating this complex offering can be a challenge." said Brad Riddle, Tourism and Economic Development Manager, RDAWEP.

The films have been produced by Mark Tipple Photography primarily for social media and will ensure that councils, communities and the region keep up with the changing marketing landscape.

The films will be released and promoted via a targeted social media campaign which will roll out over the next 4 weeks.  The campaign, which is customised to each council area, will be concentrating on a mix of target markets from Grey Nomads to Young Adventurers and will aim to leverage the larger audiences of the SA Tourism Commission and Tourism Australia.

Regional Visitor Guide Partner Announced

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula are pleased to announce HWR Media & Communications (HWR) as our new tourism print marketing and communications partner after a comprehensive tender process.

HWR will commence work on the 2017 Eyre Peninsula Regional Visitor Guide and the 2017 Nullarbor Map immediately.
"We are pleased to welcome HWR to our marketing and communications services.  We have ambitious goals associated with building our brand and reputation as a quality tourism destination", said CEO of RDAWEP, Dion Dorward.
In a boost for Eyre Peninsula businesses, 2017 marks the first year that responsibility for visitor guides returns to the regions and whilst a number of other regions will not be continuing regional visitor guides the overwhelming response from our region and consumers was that the guide should be continued.
"We have listened and will continue the guide, there will be some significant changes including some redesign that will allow us to put our own style to it and create the content that is beneficial for the region.  The integration with new and existing digital platforms will also be a key component in 2017.  We will be working with Councils and industry to ensure we capture what's required to tell our story in a contemporary and compelling manner," said Brad Riddle, Tourism and Economic Development Manager, RDAWEP.
The Eyre Peninsula Regional Visitor Guide and the Nullarbor Map will have strong digital and social media components utilising the latest platforms to ensure we can create real return on investment for the industry.

In response to their appointment, HWR Media & Communications said they are delighted to once again be working closely with one of SA's most iconic regions.
"We look forward to working with the team and using our new creative freedom to help meet the challenges of a rapidly changing communications landscape," said CEO, Tom Raggatt.
HWR will begin communicating with local businesses in late August about new opportunities associated with the print and digital versions of the Regional Visitor Guide and the Nullarbor Map.

"So when you receive communications from HWR, I ask you treat them as an extension of our team at RDAWEP.  They are here to assist us to grow regional tourism and provide real benefit back to your businesses and communities,"  said Mr Riddle.

RDAWEP's comprehensive tender process involved a two stage approach and followed a diligent assessment process.  The successful agencies were awarded on merit.  RDAWEP would like to acknowledge our outgoing print marketing partners Woof Media and Momentum and thank them for their contribution  to RDAWEP.

Understanding China Workshops

The South Australian Tourism Commission in conjunction with RDAWEP would like to invite you to a complimentary workshop run by Richard Beere.

Richard Beere has spent over 30 years working and living in Asia in senior management positions and is now the Managing Director of Fastrak Solutions.  Richard was part of the teams that succeeded in making Australia the first western destination to gain Approved Destination Status in China and that secured China Southern Airlines to initially fly to Australia.  He was also instrumental in the development of Tourism Australia's original China Development Plan - most of which is still in use today.  The South Australian Tourism Commission has engaged Richard to produce a development plan for South Australia and the Chinese market.

You are invited to attend the workshop at the Port Lincoln Hotel on Tuesday 20 September.

Arrival from 9:15am for 9:30am - 12:30pm

The workshop is aimed at businesses and organisations that engage or would like to engage with Chinese visitors and will assist you in better understanding the realities and requirements of this market.
Numbers are limited, be sure to register early so as not to miss out.

We look forward to seeing you at what will be a great workshop.

Understanding China - REGISTER HERE

New Seafood & Wildlife Tour announced

Chinta Tours are now combining seafood and wildlife on a tour for foodies and adventurers.  

Travel to Kangaroo Island and the lower Eyre Peninsula on a two day luxury tour including chartered flights, seafood feasts, tours and luxury accommodation.
See the Chinta Tours website HERE


Economic Development Initiatives

Export Adviser to visit Port Lincoln

Find out about export markets, grants and assistance, and expanding your business outside Australia.

Austrade provides general information about exporting and doing business in international markets, free of charge to Australian companies.
To find out how Austrade can help you CLICK HERE
For more information about TradeStart CLICK HERE 

Austrade representative Justin Harman invites businesses to meet with him at RDAWEP's Port Lincoln office on 12th and 13th September, 2016.
Contact RDAWEP on 8682 6588 or email

Have Your Say

Call for Survey Participants

  • People living with a disability

  • Family members

  • Workers in the disability sector

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Inc (RDAWEP) is seeking feedback from Whyalla residents who are currently living with a disability, their family members or workers in the disability sector, to be involved in a discussion/review to establish the current and demand for disability supported accommodation respite and other services in Whyalla.
RDAWEP is seeking participants to complete an online survey or be interviewed about this subject.  Interviews will conducted over a period of 5 weeks, commencing 29 August 2016.

Have your say in improving liveability for people living with a disability.

Call 8645 7811 for more information and book an appointment today!

ACCAN Small Business Survey

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) wants to hear from small businesses about their experience with telecommunications services and any issues they have experienced.

The information from the survey will be used to advocate for better products and services for small business.

The survey can be accessed through their website ACCAN Small Business Survey

Upcoming Training Opportunities

TAFE SA Happenings across EP and Whyalla

Short Courses on offer at TAFE SA

Health and Safety Representatives Training

TAFE SA offers Health and Safety Representatives accredited SafeWork SA training courses to ensure staff have the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out Work Health and Safety (WHS) duties over the course of their three year term.
For information or to register please phone:  (08) 8638 4264 or email 
Level 1, 2 and 3 courses available in Whyalla and Port Lincoln.  

Machinery Short courses

Machinery training across Eyre Peninsula.  A series of short courses designed to help you get to know your machinery and develop your skills. FEE FREE* for eligible participants.
Forklift licence, Front end loader, Working at Heights/Enter and Work in Confined Spaces, Elevated Work Platform license, Skid Steer.
Courses available in Port Lincoln, Ceduna, Wudinna, Kimba and Cleve.


Eyre Peninsula Field Days

To everyone who called into the TAFE SA marquee at the EP Field Days, it was great to see you.  We lood forward to supporting you in your training requirements right across the EP!

Certificate Courses on offer at TAFE SA

Certificate II in Engineering

Delivered at the Whyalla Campus.  Starting Semester 2, up to 10 weeks full-time.
Fees $160-$195.  Indicative price only.  This course is funded through the Government of South Australia's WorkReady initiative.  Eligibility criteria apply, incidental fees may apply.
Hands on learning includes:
  • MIG/ARC/TIG Welding
  • Mechanical cutting including oxy/carbon arc and plasma cutting
  • Brazing and soldering 
  • Using hand and power tools
  • Fabrication skills.
This course is designed to provide you with industry recognised skills to get you job ready or seek and apprenticeship to obtain a qualified trade in engineering/manufacturing.  SEE FLYER


Expression of Interest

Please take the opportunity to tell us what courses you would like to see delivered near you!  Fill in the expression of interest form HERE


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

2016 Ceduna Oysterfest

The 2016 Ceduna Oysterfest is set to be another spectacular showcase of Far West Coast hospitality, with a varied entertainment program, activities, competitions and more!

This year the focus will be on expanding the variety of the freshest and best in local seafood to complement their signature Far West Coast Oysters, sourced from selected growers in Smoky and Denial Bays.

Whyalla Business Breakfast Forum

Department of Employment are conducting a Business Breakfast Forum on 29 September 2016 at the Westland Hotel Conference facility on McDouall Stuart Ave, Whyalla.

This event is supported by Whyalla City Council, Whyalla Chamber of Commerce and Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Inc.
Guest speakers at the Forum include Mr Steve Arndt from BHP Billiton and Mr Brett Triffett from Oz Minerals.  Both speakers will give a short presentation of their respective companies' future plans in the region.
Also in attendance will be Mr Ivan Neville, Manager of the Labour Market Research and Analysis Branch of the Department of Employment.  Mr Neville will provide a statistical analysis of the region including the future of work and the labour force requirements.
The Department of Employment will provide practical information on how to:
  • find and recruit job ready individuals
  • access Government funding to support your business and training needs
  • build your workforce capability.
There will also be opportunities to network with other employers and to share information about your current workforce challenges and opportunities.
The forum will also be an avenue for local business to provide feedback and ideas to the Department of Employment.

This event is FREE with a cooked or continental breakfast provided.
For further enquiries contact David Hayward, Employment Facilitator on 0417 895 833


Grants SA Information Session - Whyalla

The Department for communities and Social Inclusion is making it easier for community organisations to apply for one-off grants by bringing its grant programs together through one easy application.

Grants SA brings together approximately $3 million of one-off funding from:
  • Community and Social Welfare Fund (CBSA) grants
  • Multicultural SA Grants (Celebrating Diversity one-off grants)
  • Volunteer Training Grants and Volunteer Support Fund
Communities will also benefit greatly from simpler guidelines and reporting processes.
Eligible communities can apply for this funding to deliver programs, services and/or events that contribute to:
  • local community needs
  • strong and inclusive communities
  • wellbeing and participation
  • skills and knowledge
  • cultural diversity
  • volunteering 
  • disadvantaged young people, adults and families.
Grants SA supports the South Australian Government's commitment to promoting efficiencies and building partnerships with the community to reduce red tape.

An information session about Grants SA will be held at Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Inc, 127 Nicolson Avenue, Whyalla Norrie.

Date:  Tuesday 27th September,  2016
Time:  3:00pm

To register your interest, please contact RDAWEP on 8645 7811 or email 
If you have any questions for the DCSI Grants team, phone 1300 650 985 or email 

Community Education Seminar

Other Upcoming Events...

Date Event Title Venue Contact
1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 Sep Firey Women Workshop Kirton Point Children’s Centre, Port Lincoln Therese Pedler 8682 4300
7 Sep MAC Field Day Minnipa Agricultural Centre Naomi Scholz 0428 540 670
12 Sep Sticky Beak Day Franklin Harbour Cowell Sports Complex
Tim Franklin 0427 451 087
13 Sep Cummins & District Enterprise Committee AGM Cummins Hall Supper Room 7:30pm Kelsey Hurrell 8676 0400
13 Sep NDIS Starting my plan Port Lincoln Hotel
1pm – 2:30pm
16-18 Sep Wudinna Township 100 year Celebration Wudinna Centenary Organising Committee – Naomi Scholz 0428 540 670
17 Sep Wudinna & LeHunte Show Wudinna Showgrounds Lisa or Nicole 8680 2581 or
0427 802 581 or 0428 733 800
20 Sep Sticky Beak Day Streaky Bay Streaky Bay PIRSA Office 9am Dion Trezona 0427 261 708
21 Sep Sticky Beak Day Far West TBA Peter Stott 0427 256 121
22 Sep Sticky Beak Day Goode Charra Charra NVT site 9am John Polkinghorne, Dan Bergmann  0429 066 955
22 Sep Annual Speed-Networking Event Grand Tasman Hotel Port Lincoln Leonie Ebert 8683 0551
22-23 Sep Australian Event Symposium Sunshine Coast
24-25 Sep Kimba 89th Annual Show Kimba Showgrounds Kerri Cliff 0428 272 676
23 & 30 Sep Firey Women Workshop Streaky Bay Hall Supper Room Therese Pedler 8682 4300
25 Sep A Day on the Bay Coffin Bay Ben Catterall  8685 4626
26 Sep Sticky Beak Day and Soils Roadshow Wharminda Wharminda Hall David Davenport 0427 201 956
Ian Noble 0428 289 061
26 Sep Soils Roadshow Lock Gus Glover’s Shed 2pm David Davenport 0427 201 956
Dylon Kay 0427 873 038
27 Sep NDIS Starting my plan Port Lincoln Hotel
1pm – 2:30pm
30 Sep-
2 Oct
Ceduna Oysterfest Ceduna Annette Plane  8625 3407
3 Oct Yallunda Flat Show Yallunda Flat Showgrounds Whitney Mickan 0428 726 747
8 Oct Cummins A&H Show Cummins Graeme 0428 867 621
Daphne 0427 642 421

Award Opportunities

RIRDC Rural Women's Award now open

Applications are now open for the 2017 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women's Award.

The RIRDC Rural Women's Award identifies and supports emerging women leaders who have the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to primary industries and rural communities.
Each state and territory winner is awarded a $10,000 financial bursary to implement a project or initiative that will benefit primary industries and rural Australia.  They also have the opportunity to participate in leadership development opportunities and receive support to develop an individual integrated leadership plan.
South Australia's state winner will represent SA against the other state and territory winners in the national award later in 2017.

Nominations close 31 October 2016.
For more information and application details visit's-award 

2017 Science and Innovation Awards

Grants to realise big ideas from young rural innovators.

Grant applications are now open for the 2017 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
If you're 18-35, this is your chance to apply for up to $22,000 to fund your innovative research project that will benefit Australia's primary industries.
More information and application forms at
Applications close 5pm (AEDT) Friday 14 October 2016

Perks Business Boost Awards

Two South Australian businesses will have the opportunity to access $35,000 worth of vital business services as part of a brand new initiative launched ly leading Adelaide accounting and financial services firm Perks.

The Perks Business Boost Awards is open to assist start-ups and established businesses across all sectors and industries.
Perks, together with award sponsor Michels Warren, will provide each winner with $15,000 worth of professional services tailored to their specific business needs - from budgeting, forecasting and finance to human resource management, business or start-up advisory, public relations, graphic design and more.  In addition, the start-up prize will include a $5,000 cash element for business owners to use in any way to bring their idea to life.
Entries must be submitted no later than 17 October, 2016

To view the Media Release CLICK HERE      

For a full list of conditions and entry guidelines visit
Tor find out more about Perks visit or call 8273 9300

Handy Resources, Funding and Financing Opportunities

Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) - Round 30

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia.

Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer.

Applications for Round 30 are now open and close 7 October 2016.
For more information and to apply CLICK HERE

Bridge to MassChallenge start-up accelerator program

The South Australian Government is a founding partner of the Bridge to MassChallenge program.

MassChallenge is a start-up accelerator program that operates as a competition with more than US$2 million in cash prizes.  Participants in the FREE program have access to expert mentors, global networks, funding opportunities as well as marketing and other resources.  
MassChallenge will select 15 start-ups to participate in the three-day boot camp in Adelaide from 2-4 November.  Around five from that group will have the opportunity to enter the national competition and winners from that event will participate in a five-day boot camp in Boston, USA in February 2017.

Applications close on 20th September, 2016.
For more information and to apply visit 

Performers' Trust Foundation

The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) provides grants to promote and encourage music and the music-related performing arts.

Grants of up to $5,000 can be provided for the following purposes:
  • Performance at concerts at or for charitable institutions such as hospitals or homes for the aged
  • Scholarships for the promotion and encouragement of musical and theatrical education
  • The promotion and encouragement of the performing arts to the general public
  • The aid or assistance of any beneficiary who is unable to adequately maintain herself/himself by her/his own exertions and other income.
For more information on the PPCA Performer's Trust Foundation: 
(02) 8569 1100 | |

Dreams for a Better World 

Round 4: Animals & Community 

Grants to support eligible nominated Australian-based charities, community groups or not-for-profit organisations.
This round is for injured, endangered, abused or sick animals and causes that help specific community groups like women or refugees.
Wildlife shelters, animal refuges and animal rescue organisations are ideal for this round.  So are safe houses for abuse victims, causes that help resettle refugees and environmental groups, to name a few.

For more information and to apply visit

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.
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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