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APRIL 2016

In this edition.... 

- Economic Development 
- Food Industry Development
- Tourism Development
- Award Opportunity
- Upcoming Training Opportunities
- 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

Economic Development Initiatives

RDA's Shanghai Mission

RDA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula in a combined initiative with RDA Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island and RDA Limestone Coast attended a trade and investment mission in Shanghai, China in April.

The three RDA's worked in partnership with the Shanghai Small and Medium Enterprise Center for International Cooperation (SMEC), who are a business based organisation with a membership in excess of 300,000.
The initiative provided RDAWEP an opportunity to build on the partnerships we have formed with SMEC and discuss further the opportunities across a number of sectors including food, food service, tourism, education and aged care with its membership.
"RDAWEP recognise the importance of the Chinese economy to future opportunities in the region and want to ensure that our organisation takes a targeted, proactive approach that will deliver the greatest benefit for the Eyre Peninsula" said Dion Dorward, CEO, RDAWEP.

CEO of RDAWEP, Dion Dorward presents a gift from our region to Zhao Dan, Deputy Division Chief, Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy.

The mission enabled RDAWEP to gain a critical understanding of the business environment in Shanghai and China and an opportunity to meet with an develop ongoing relationships with individual Chinese businesses interested in trade, investment and tourism opportunities in our region.
The initiative has already had a number of successes with a variety of business and media representatives travelling to Eyre Peninsula from Shanghai over the coming months to look in more detail at opportunities to partner with the region.

Port Bonython Fuel Terminal Project

Project Information Update #6 - Construction update, 1 April 2016
Whyalla's latest major development.

Port Bonython Fuels isvery pleased that the Project is at last nearing completion with terminal commissioning activities planned for April.  
The first ship carrying commissioning diesel was scheduled to arrive at Port Bonython around 7th April, followed by careful commissioning process to bring the terminal into operational status.  It is expected the commissioning will take about 4-6 weeks to complete.
After successful commissioning, Port Bonython Fuels looks forward to supporting the Whyalla region and South Australia with the supply of high quality diesel.
Information and updates are available at

Food Industry Development Initiative

An Evening with Adam Liston

In April, Melbourne chefs Adam Liston and Joel Baylon visited Whyalla for an exclusive dinner at The Water's Edge Restaurant, Whyalla.

Liston and Baylon (ex Northern Light Yakitori Bay, Collingwood) worked with local chefs Bev Vandeleur and Katie Donaldson to create a five course menu using local produce and fusing it into a stunning Japanese menu.
In a time where Whyalla needs all the help they can get, it was a stunning response from the local community who packed the venue with many turned away.  Thankyou for the wonderful seafood provided by Mori Seafood (tuna) and SEKOL (prawns and squid).
Mark Allsopp from Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula was instrumental in bringing the dinner to Whyalla.  Following the challenges of Arrium, which has seriously hurt the city, support is needed for other industries such as tourism and hospitality.

"Apart from being a phenomenal experience, it's also a shot in the arm that can help us to be taken seriously as a food destination on the Eyre Peninsula" says Water's Edge owner, Ben Vandeleur.
"We are committed to the region and are digging deep to continue to provide innovative and unique experiences for our guests."

The Water's Edge has two more key events in May including a Brewing Masterclass with Dan Wright from Swell Brewing on 13th May and a five course degustation with Corrina Wright from Oliver's Taranga on 15th May.

Adam Liston is opening his new venue 'Honcho' which will be a 60 seat two story Japanese/Chinese/Korean restaurant in collaboration with the Halim Group.  Liston and his right hand Joel Baylon, will take up sticks with a winter noodle bar between June and August before Honcho is unveiled.

Tourism Development Initiatives

Whyalla's Northern Coastline Master Plan

City of Whyalla together with RDA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula have initiated work on a Master Plan for the Northern Coastline.

This area generally extends from Point Lowly in the south to Point Douglas in the north.
The purpose of the Northern Coastline Master Plan project is to determine the area's potential for further recreational and tourism development, in order to create a high quality destination for residents of Whyalla and visitors to the region.  This may ultimately include plans for the improvement of existing facilities and the establishment of a range of new facilities and activities which can take advantage of the unique scenic coastline of the Upper Spencer Gulf.
Council and RDAWEP has appointed Fyfe Pty Ltd to prepare the Master Plan, which will involve consultation with key stakeholders, including the wider Whyalla community.
The first stage of the project includes consideration of a range of factors including market research and consultation in order to understand the Whyalla context and key issues and opportunities that exist.

As part of this, two surveys have been designed, one for residents of Whyalla, the other for visitors:

If you are a resident of Whyalla, please complete This Survey
If you are a visitor, please complete This Survey
NB: Surveys to be completed by 18th May 2016
For more information go to:

Award Opportunity

South Australian Tourism Awards

Entry is now open for SA tourism businesses in the 2016 South Australian Tourism Awards with 30 categories to choose from.

The Awards attract hundreds of entries each year with winners going on to represent South Australia at a national level.
By entering you will be able to showcase your success and ensure we have the very best tourism businesses representing South Australia at the Australian Tourism Awards.
SATIC and the SA Tourism Commission are committed to providing increased entrant support for submission writing, so if you are a first time entrant or a previous entrant - 2016 is the year to nominate!

For questions or queries and to hear how the awards can benefit your business contact:
Anneliese Powell | Ph: 08 8110 0123 | 


NOMINATE ONLINE by 27 June 2016                         

Upcoming Training Opportunities

TAFE SA Happenings across EP and Whyalla

Short Courses on offer at TAFE SA

Visual Merchandising Workshop

Visual Merchandising is a selling tool for your business.  It's the practice that supports retailers of any shape or size in presenting their retail space in the best possible way to increase traffic flow, maximize sales and develop a consistent business image.  When a business makes visual sense customers will buy!
There is also an opportunity to have our industry expert visit your business!  Limited number of one on one consultancy appointments available, don't miss this fantastic opportunity!
Courses available in Kimba and Tumby Bay.  VIEW FLYER

Test and Tag

Dates have been set for Ceduna, Wudinna and Kimba campuses.  VIEW FLYER


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 0488 428 824

Certificate Courses on offer at TAFE SA

TAFE SA is happy to announce they will be offering the Certificate II in Hospitality back at the Port Lincoln Campus.

Starting 5th May 2016 every Thursday and Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm (Course is expected to be completed by 22nd July 2016)
Fees - $167.50  *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
  • Provide responsible service of alcohol
  • Process financial transactions
  • Operate a bar
  • Serve food and beverage and more
Please VIEW FLYER for more information or contact Deb on 8688 3600.

For further information about TAFE SA courses visit

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


Transition to Work

Workskil has been successful in gaining the Transition to Work contract in Whyalla, Port Augusta and Port Lincoln.

Transition to Work (TtW) is a service that supports young people aged 15-21 transition into employment.  It is a 12 month youth based program designed to help young people:
  • Develop practical skills to get a job
  • Connect with education and training
  • Find and complete work experience placements
  • Find job opportunities in the local area
  • Connect with relevant local community services.
Contact your local Workskil Transition to Work office who will make an appointment with you to discuss the service.
Call 1300 967 575 or email 

Tourism Marketing Academy + Mastermind

The Tourism Marketing Academy + Mastermind is a 6-month Mentoring Program which has been developed specifically for people who own, manage or market a tourism business.

In order to be a thriving destination, operators need to contribute to a greater brand.  We want to teach you how you can become brand ambassadors for your destination - which means more brand stories getting in front of potential visitors, and opportunity for increased visitation, and economic sustainability.

Enrolment is currently open | SATIC Members get 20% off | starts on Tuesday 17th May 2016

For more information contact Paige 0408 085 262 or Rebecca 0417 882 301 or email

Upcoming Regional Events

ABARES Regional Outlook Conference Port Lincoln

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) conference is an essential part of the delivery of commodity forecasts and research results directly to regional communities.

At each Regional Outlook conference, senior ABARES economists present the economic overview and forecasts for key agricultural commodities and farm financial performance.  A range of regionally based speakers and producers cover topics such as industry opportunities and challenges, natural resource management, labour and water issues, and case studies from regional business people who are taking innovative approaches.

Date:  18 May 2016
Venue:  Port Lincoln Hotel
Time:  8:30am - 4pm

For FREE registration and the conference program CLICK HERE
For more information CLICK HERE

EPCF Presentation to Community & Grant Handover

Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation invites you to an Afternoon Tea and Presentation to Community, and Grant Handover for EPCF, BP, and Statoil Round 1, 2016.

Chair Janene Piip and BP representative, Renee Preece wish to invite members of the West Coast community to the Grant Handover. Hear about how to obtain a community grant and learn more about the Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation.

When:  Tuesday 17th May at 2:30pm
Where:  Ceduna Foreshore Hotel
RSVP:  Susan - | 0400 685 520 by 12th May 2016

'Housing Matters' Forum

Housing SA and West Coast Youth and Community Support invites your organisation to attend a 'Housing Matters' round-table.

The forum is an opportunity for agencies, organisations and governments to come together to share information, identify opportunities and work together on the provision of a fluid and efficient process for housing the most vulnerable and disadvantaged clients in Port Lincoln and surrounding areas.


RSVP to by 11May 2016

Business Innovation & Incubation Forum

Business Innovation and Incubation Australia invite you to attend the inaugural National Forum.

They have put together an interesting and relevant program for industry professionals, three tiers of government, and not-for-profit associations.

Date:  Monday 16 May 2016
Note:  All delegates are welcome to join the Board of BIIA and Forum Speakers on Sunday evening (Meeting 6pm in the foyer of the Playford Hotel on 15 May 2016).
Time:  7:30am - 5:30pm
Venue:  The Playford Hotel, 120 North Terrace, Adelaide
Registration:  Bookings now open

For more information and the program summary CLICK HERE.
The official program with speaker profiles is available on the BIIA website.

Other Upcoming Events...

Date Event Title Venue Contact
13 May Women in Business and Agriculture State Conference Port Lincoln Senior Citizen’s Building Phyllis Myers 8682 2897
29 May Port Lincoln Long Lunch Port Lincoln venues
31 May RESA Productivity Breakfast – Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission final findings 6:45 -9am
Adelaide Convention Centre
Book Your Seat
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
9-11 Aug EP Field Days Cleve
17-18 Sep Wudinna Township 100 year Anniversary Wudinna Centenary Organising Committee – Naomi Scholz
16 Oct Port Lincoln Airshow Port Lincoln Airport  

Handy Resources, Funding and Financing Opportunities

Need finance for export?

Efic, Australia's export finance agency, understands the financial challenges faced by South Australian exporters, and those in export supply chains.

With your bank often unable to provide all the financial support that you need, it can be difficult for you to compete and grow internationally.  That's where Efic can help.
Efic is a specialist financier that delivers simple and creative solutions for Australian companies to enable them to win business, grow internationally and achieve export success.
Through its loans, guarantees and bonds, Efic has helped many South Australian exporters and subcontractors take advantage of new contract opportunities that may otherwise have been out of reach.
To find out how Efic could help your business achieve export success:
visit its website or phone Andrew Perkins, Director, SME-SA on 08 7070 6862.
You can also follow Efic on Linkedin, Twitter and YouTube.

Crime Prevention and Community Safety Grants

The State Government is committed to crime prevention and assisting the community to implement locally-based projects.

The Crime Prevention and Community Safety Grants program offers grants of up to $100,000 over 12 months to community groups, local government councils and not-for-profit organisations to help keep our communities safe.
Application Form and information about the Grants are available for download from the Attorney-General's Department website. 
Applications close Friday 13th May 2016.

Heywire Youth Innovation Grants

Each year, Heywire Competition winners attend the Heywire Regional Youth Summit to develop eight ideas to improve regional Australia for young people.

This is a fantastic opportunity for youth action councils, community development groups or not-for-profit organisations to apply for funding to trial one of the ideas in their community.
Community organisations are invited to apply for grants of up to $10,000 from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) to make these ideas a reality.

Applications close 1st June 2016
For more information and to apply visit

AMP's Tomorrow Fund

AMP's Tomorrow Fund is once again offering $1 million in grants to amazing Australians doing great things.

Now in its third year, this unique grants program is open to individuals of all ages, walks of life and abilities.  In 2015, AMP's Tomorrow Fund awarded grants to 42 AMP Tomorrow Makers, including artists, athletes, inventors, social innovators, scientists, writers, dancers and disability advocates.
AMP is now seeking more talented Australians who are working hard on a project of passion but just need a financial boost to take it to the next level.

APPLY ONLINE by 4pm (AEST) 18 May 2016

More information is available at

Restart - help to employ mature workers

The restart wage subsidy is a payment of up to $10,000 if you employ eligible mature age job seekers for 12 months or more.

To receive this wage subsidy, you need to employ a job seeker who:
  • is 50 years of age or older
  • has been on income support for six months or more
  • is registered with a jobactive or Disability Employment Services of Community Development Programme provider.
For more information visit or the jobactive website or call the Employer Hotline on 13 17 15.

Aged Persons Welfare Foundation

The purpose of the APWF is to provide financial support and encouragement to organisations throughout Australia devoted to improving the welfare and quality of life for elderly people.

With the aim of assisting elderly people, the APWF would like to receive grant applications from organisations that:
  • provide care in the form of entertainment or stimulation, or some other activity, which they are unable themselves to fund
  • assist persons living in their own or rented homes who need help to repair or maintain or alter their homes
  • assist persons who need holidays
  • support carers, who give most of their time caring for others
  • support volunteers or others who provide help and support to elderly people
  • purchase equipment, including wheelchairs, beds and computers to provide for the needs of their aged residents.
Applications for grants required next financial year must be received by 30th June, 2016.
For more information and to apply, please go to Aged Persons Welfare Foundation

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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