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In this edition.... 

-Indigenous News
- Economic Development
- Have Your Say
- Tourism Development
- Employment and Skills 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


Call for Local Leader to Drive Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Economic Development

A community volunteer is being sought to join the Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) Committee to fill the Chair position.

RDA is a national network of committees made up of local people volunteering their time and energy to develop local solutions to local issues.
A leader with the skills, experience and knowledge to build networks within the business community, industry, education and all levels of government is required to facilitate wide consultation and develop local solutions for regional economic development.  This person will identify infrastructure projects that contribute to long term economic growth of the region and have been identified as priorities.

RDA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Deputy Chair Bryan Trigg said, "This is a great opportunity for people within the community who care about the Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula region to step forward and commit to making big decisions about our future".

"Expressions of interest are being sought from community minded individuals to volunteer and make a difference to our region.  This will include the strong leaders and committed individuals who want to see positive economic change in the community."
Interested community members who have a vision for the Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula region are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest to represent the community and to be an advocate for the region.

Please submit EOIs by 26 August 2016.
To find out more about RDA Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula visit

Further information, including an EOI for and information booklet, can be found at or by contacting 1800 505 938 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm AEST) or email

New website launched!

RDAWEP is pleased to announce the official launch of our new website.

The newly designed connects visitors to a more user-friendly experience with improved look and navigation, as well as updated and additional information and resources.
The website features a powerful new way to sift through our portfolio of programs at RDAWEP, making it easier to understand our wide range of services and capabilities.
This new version of our website is just the beginning.  We will be progressively adding more content pages and implementing additional functionality later this year.
We would love to hear your feedback, please send any thoughts or questions to

Thank you to Momentum Design for developing the new site.

Indigenous News

NAIDOC Celebrations "The Best"

Information from the Aboriginal communities of Ceduna and Port Lincoln indicate that this year's NAIDOC celebrations were "just the best".

This year's theme of 'Songlines' is what NAIDOC is about, a celebration.  Port Lincoln's day one march and opening ceremony with a sausage sizzle to follow was attended by in excess of 600 people.  The use of the Youthoria facility, utilising the big screen was indeed excellent particularly given the most inclement weather.

Ceduna opening was at the Koonibba Community with a church service that was led by Pastor Heine, a well respected, now retired Pastor who has a great connection with the Aboriginal community of the Far West (a great footballer in his day as well).

Both Port Lincoln and Ceduna had events tailored to suit all ages.  These included dinners for the elders, awards for senior community members and awards for youth that are high achievers.

Another event that both communities facilitate is the NAIDOC quiz night.  This event has become a must-do item each year and participants scramble to book their tables and take part.  Very able quiz masters take charge for the eventing with the competition being extremely fierce.  Coincidentally, the RDAWEP team was equal first with a storming finish in Port Lincoln.  Something that will be defended next year.

For something a bit different the Ceduna event organisers engaged a sand sculptor to use his skills and sculpted a few attractions including a giant squid.  Community members watched with awe as his item took shape.  It is good to see the event organisers thinking of something unique for the community.

The week's celebrations concluded with a youth and adult ball.  Information from the Port Lincoln community was that theirs was the best ball.  Held at the Port Lincoln Racing Club, the Aboriginal Community had nothing but praise for the assistance the club gave them.  The Ceduna ball was highlighted in the West Coast Sentinel and various people in Ceduna said their ball was excellent and very well attended.
Pictured:  Elders Veda Betts and Heather Miller cut the NAIDOC cake in Port Lincoln

Economic Development Initiatives

Master Plan for the Northern Coastline of Whyalla

The purpose of the Master Plan is to provide the direction and framework for a tourism based economic and sustainable development strategy for the Northern Coastline of Whyalla.

It seeks to identify and prioritise future projects and actions to be undertaken in the area by a range of stakeholders.
Stage 1 of the projects consisted in research and data collection and analysis, as well as consultation with key stakeholders.  This has now been completed.
As part of Stage 2, a draft Master Plan and precinct plans have been prepared.

The community is now invited to provide input on the draft plans.  

The following documents are available for public review on the project webpage
  • Summary of the draft Master Plan
  • Master Plan
  • Precinct Plans
To provide feedback, two options are available:
  • Complete the survey provided at this LINK (available to Friday, 26th August 2016)
  • Visit the display area at Westland Shopping Centre (Thursday 11th August from 11am to 2pm)
Following the consultation period, community feedback will be reviewed and the Master Plan finalised.

For further queries, please contact:
Brad Riddle | 08 8682 6588 |
Alex Todd | 08 8645 7811 |

Budget Reflects Regional Support

The State Government's 2016-17 Budget contains new initiatives that will result in additional regional specific investment over the next five years.

The Budget provides investment to further drive regional growth, create new job opportunities and build new infrastructure in South Australia's regions.
  • The Regional Development Fund will continue to encourage public and private sector investment in our regions.  
  • The State Government's small business payroll tax rebate will be extended for an additional four years.
  • Job Creations Grants will encourage South Australian businesses to employ more staff and help to address unemployment in South Australia.
  • The Government's stamp duty concession for off-the-plan apartments has been extended for one year and expanded to cover all of South Australia.  This stamp duty concession was previously only available in metropolitan areas.
  • $106.5 million investment over three years has been allocated to refurbish and redevelop contemporary science, technology, engineering and mathematics facilities in regional schools.  Assistance for the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback region includes an interest-free loan scheme to support small businesses experiencing cash-flow challenges as a result of Arrium entering administration.
For all the Budget news including an interactive region-by-region map visit

Job Accelerator Grant Scheme

An exciting opportunity for employers to invest in SA growth has been established to encourage South Australian businesses to employ additional full-time, part-time and casual employees, and maintain them for at least 12 months.

A Job Accelerator Grant of up to $10,000 per new full-time equivalent job created is available for businesses liable for payroll tax in SA with total Australian wages of $5 million or less.
A Job Accelerator Grant for Small Business & Start-ups of up to $4,000 per new job created is available for most businesses that are not liable for payroll tax.  This includes businesses with Australian wages below the payroll tax free threshold (currently $600,000) and most organisations that are exempt from payroll tax.

For more information visit RevenueSA

Industry Advocate Update

State funding gives Industry Advocate more resources to support small business.

Funding has been provided in the State Budget to appoint two new category managers that will significantly enhance the Industry Advocate's capacity to engage and support South Australian businesses.  Each role will be required to build a comprehensive knowledge of local industry and business sectors and provide sound advice on market opportunities for local businesses to the Industry Advocate and Government more broadly.

With large or complex projects the category managers will provide support to 2nd, 3rd and even 4th tier suppliers to ensure they get an adequate hearing from principal contractors and to ensure they have the expertise to address tender requirements.

This will be particularly important to provide businesses with every opportunity to be part of the many major projects being rolled out by the State and Commonwealth Governments so as to capture the opportunities for subcontractors and suppliers in the State.
The work of the Office of the Industry Advocate (OIA) will continue to have two distinct areas or responsibility - one is to maintain a high level of engagement with industry to understand what skills and services are out there in the market and support businesses to engage better with government, while the other is to assess Industry Participation Plans at the point of tender and to ensure agencies are meeting their obligations set out in the Industry Participation Policy.
For more information visit 

Have Your Say

Removing outdated legislation - Simplify Day

The recent State Budget is about creating jobs and stimulating growth in our economy by investing in new infrastructure that underpins our future prosperity.

Business taxes have been reduced to remove costs on economic activity and incentives are being provided to employ more people and attract businesses from interstate.
The next step is to remove outdated, cumbersome and counterproductive regulation and legislation.  Laws that hinder doing business here in South Australia.
Business and community feedback is needed to make sure that our laws are serving the community well.

The State Government is asking business and the community to speak up about what makes it difficult to conduct business in South Australia.  
Comments and submissions close on Saturday 13th August, 2016.

After feedback, the Government will hold a Simplify repeal day to remove out-dated and redundant regulation and legislation.  They are looking for ideas from business and the community.
Following the period of public consultation, the State Government will take all the comments and discuss them with industry and other interested groups to work out the best way forward.

To get involved in the discussion visit the Your Say website
Alternatively, send your feedback directly to

Tourism Development Initiatives

Whales and Cuttlefish a-plenty

The winter tourism season is well underway and whilst this traditionally marks a downturn for many tourism businesses and even an opportunity to take a break, there are two areas of the region where winter represents their peak season.

The Far West Coast has long been known as the mecca for watching interacting with Southern Right Whales and 2016 hasn't disappointed with more than 140 whales in the bay driving hundreds of tourists through the Head of Bight Visitor Centre daily.  In Fowlers Bay the whales have also been putting on a show and EP Cruises have been taking plenty of visitors out aboard their Eco Whale Tours to get up close and personal to these amazing giants of the sea.
To the east another natural phenomenon has been drawing hundreds of visitors to the City of Whyalla and its surrounding waters.  The Giant Australian Cuttlefish have returned to these waters offering what recent international visitors describe as one of the most unique marine experiences they have had anywhere in the world.  Tourism activity attributed to the cuttlefish has greatly assisted a number of businesses in Whyalla through a tough economic time.  The Whyalla City Council also recognise the importance of this area and are currently well underway on a project to increase the access and amenity at the cuttlefish dive site.

Gawler Ranges Promoted in Latest National Fashion Shoot

The breathtaking scenery of South Australia takes center stage in Australian fashion label Witchery's new Spring/Summer 2016 campaign.

The State's rugged beauty provided a dramatic backdrop for the season's new campaign 'Into the Wild', which celebrates women who dare to run wild with a collection made to empower and inspire.
Shot on location in the Gawler Ranges, the spectacular and sparse shot locations included the vast salt flats of Lake Sturt and surrounding areas.

Register for Tourism Australia Webinars

The tourism industry is invited to participate in three webinars hosted by Tourism Australia during August.

All three sessions start at 12:30pm (CST)
Participation is FREE, please register via the links.

Australian Regional Tourism Network Convention

On behalf of Australian Regional Tourism Network (ARTN), we invite you to join us in Roma, Outback QLD for the 2016 ARTN Annual Convention.

This year's conference features a fantastic program that will make an impact on regional tourism organisations looking into the year 2030.
Join us in Roma, Outback Queensland, Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th October, 2016 to lead change and maximise impact. 

The Australian Tourism Data Warehouse launches new website

The Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) has launched a new corporate website following the release of the redesigned technology platform ATDW Online earlier this year.

The website integrates with the updated ATDW Online platform, developed specifically to assist tourism operators by giving them greater exposure across 150 web channels.        ATDW Online

New China direct flight will help grow tourism in Eyre Peninsula

The State Government states it has reached an in-principle deal with China Southern Airlines for three direct flights a week between Adelaide and Guangzhou, to begin as early as December this year.

This will be the first direct flights to be established from mainland China to Adelaide and will provide a catalyst for Chinese visitors wanting to experience South Australia and the Eyre Peninsula.
Having a direct flight from China will help a variety of our industry sectors to grow this market.
The final agreement is expected to be signed between the State Government and China Southern in Guangzhou later this week.

Expression of Interest - China/Hong Kong Tourism Roadshow 2016

The South Australian Tourism Commission is pleased to announce an SATC Roadshow to China and Hong Kong on 9-21 October 2016.

The Roadshow, aimed at operators involved in the China marketplace, provides an excellent opportunity to directly engage with retail agents, product managers, and key trade media to establish and strengthen business relationships.
The objective of the Roadshow is to work with industry to deliver marketing programs that support tourism growth and as such, SATC will be subsidising some of the ground costs of this Roadshow.

Please respond to Alexi Paxinos via email by Friday 12 August 2016 to register your interest, or for any questions regarding this roadshow.

State Budget 2016/17

The tourism industry recently received some pleasing news with the State Budget 2016-17 revealing the two year extension of the $35 million marketing and major events fund.

The package includes:
  • $14 million on growing international tourism marketing opportunities.
  • $6 million on marketing campaigns to promote Adelaide and regional tourism to the Australian market.
  • $15 million for the State Government's bid fund - $5 million to secure conventions and $10 million to secure leisure events.

Employment and Skills Development Initiative

Inspiration for Regional Trainees

RDAWEP's Business Administration trainee and her supervisor attended a networking and professional development event as part of the State Government's $2 million Regional Youth Traineeship Program.

The 'Welcome to Local Government Induction' series of events is being held around the state and is designed specifically for program trainees and their supervisors.
The Regional Youth Traineeship Program provides assistance to local governing authorities to provide entry level employment and training to a trainee for two years.
The 57 trainees from across South Australia are young people aged between 17 and 24 living in the regions who were either unemployed or didn't have a full time job.  Participants benefit from tailored training and work plans, so on the completion of their two year traineeships they'll be ready to take advantage of further employment opportunities. more

The Regional Youth Traineeship is a great example of the different levels of government working together to create vibrant, sustainable regional communities with a skilled workforce.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

TAFE SA Happenings across EP and Whyalla

Short Courses on offer at TAFE SA

Firearms Safety Training

Firearms Safety Training to obtain A, B and C Class license is available in Wudinna Sunday 18th September and Port Lincoln Sunday 25th September (limited places) and Sunday 30th October.
For information or to register please contact Regency Campus on 8348 2635

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.  SEE FLYER

TAFE SA are looking forward to having a major presence at the EP Field Days

In Cleve on August 9th, 10th and 11th, be sure to visit their marquee at Site 320.  Some of the opportunities to engage in quality nationally accredited training include:
  • Work Safely at Heights course to be conducted on the Tuesday and again Thursday at the Field Days (registration essential).  FEE FREE* for eligible participants.  SEE FLYER
  • Cooking demonstrations with taste testing of locally sourced seafood and lamb from the hospitality team at Port Lincoln including Kids Kitchen where your kids can get involved too (limited numbers, registration essential). SEE FLYER
  • Simulated Welder
  • Tyre Changing Activity with fantastic prize up for grabs.
  • Nursing Program will be on site to offer FREE health checks.  They will have the latest technology on site with lecturers to answer all your study options.
  • Children's Services lecturer on site with activity and course information.
  • Hair and Beauty team
  • Ag Lecturer to discuss training requirements.
  • Program staff on site to answer all your questions about studying with TAFE SA.
Look forward to seeing you there!

Certificate Courses on offer at TAFE SA

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 9:00am to 3:00pm.
Fees - $170.00** 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.  Please 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


Accredited training in Whyalla and Port Lincoln

CIVILTRAIN is one of the leading training organisations in Australia in civil construction.  Take advantage of training opportunities in your area.

Identify, locate and protect underground services
1 DAY Whyalla  
Regional Development Australia/Whyalla Venue Hire
127 Nicolson Avenue,
Whyalla Norrie
Work zone traffic management:
  • RIIWHS205D Control Traffic with Stop/Slow bat
  • RIIWHS302D Implement Traffic Management Plan
1 DAY Whyalla  
Regional Development Australia/Whyalla Venue Hire
127 Nicolson Avenue,
Whyalla Norrie

Work zone traffic management
1 DAY Port Lincoln  
M&M Group
63 Pine Freezers Road, Pt Lincoln
1 DAY Port Lincoln  
M&M Group
63 Pine Freezers Road, Pt Lincoln
Working at heights / RIIWHS204D
1 DAY Port Lincoln  
M&M Group
63 Pine Freezers Road, Pt Lincoln
Work in confined space RIIWHS202D
1 DAY Port Lincoln  
M&M Group
63 Pine Freezers Road, Pt Lincoln
Chainsaw for experienced operators
1 DAY Port Lincoln  
M&M Group
63 Pine Freezers Road, Pt Lincoln

Registration and Pricing for these courses:

  1. Go to Civil Train's website
  2. Click on preferred course listed on left hand side of page
  3. Scroll down to course date and venue
  4. Click on location to enrol and complete details.

For further enquiries contact Darren P: 08 86942 2936

Upcoming Regional Events

Eyre Peninsula Field Days 2016

The biennial EP Field Days held in Cleve is a huge event held in very high regard and brings exhibitors from all over Australia.

Displays include the latest machinery and technology in the agricultural industry as well as information and products directed to all aspects of rural living.  The general interest sections host a wide range of crafts, gifts, clothing, fashion parades and cooking demonstrations.

August 9th, 10th and 11th, 2016


For more information visit

A spotlight on....Women in grain

Hear from influential stakeholders from across the grain industry about their role and journey in one of South Australia's most important sectors.

Women already play a significant role in South Australian agribusiness.  There is enormous potential for us to benefit even more from female industry participation and leadership in the sector.
Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), in partnership with women in industry and the community have developed the Women Influencing Agribusiness and Regions Strategy to exploit these opportunities.

Grain Producers SA are sponsoring Natalie Sommerville, Women Influencing Agribusiness and Regions (WIAR) farmer advocate and co-owner of Euromina Holdings Pty Ltd to facilitate this session open to both men and women who are interested in the WIAR strategy and the grain industry.

Date:  Wednesday 10th August, 2016
Time:  12:00pm - 2:00pm
Venue:  Eyre Peninsula Field Days, Cleve - NAB Tent
RSVP:  1st August 2016,
Cost:  Women in Grain event - no charge
          Field Days Entry Fee - $15

For more information CLICK HERE

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission

Every South Australian has an opportunity to learn more about the nuclear fuel cycle by discovering the facts, understanding the choices, and providing their views on the Royal Commission's Report.

The state-wide consultation program will travel to over 100 South Australian communities to talk about the Royal Commission's report and gain feedback.  Feedback gathered through the consultation process will play a key role in informing the State Government's response to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Report which will be delivered by the end of the year.
You can drop in at any time for an informal 'face to face session'.  

Eyre Peninsula Event and Location Schedule

Date Town Venue Time
03/08/16 Ceduna Ceduna Memorial Hall 11am – 7pm
05/10/16 Ceduna Ceduna Aboriginal Community 11am – 5pm
09/08/16 – 10/08/16 Cleve Field Day Booth 11am – 6pm
18/08/16 Cowell Supper Room at Institute 11am – 7pm
17/08/16 Cummins Cummins Town Hall 11am – 7pm
04/08/16 Elliston Elliston Hall 11am – 7pm
16/08/16 Kimba Kimba Institute 11am – 7pm
30/08/16 Koonibba Koonibba Aboriginal Community 11am – 5pm
24/08/16 Oak Valley Oak Valley Aboriginal Community 11am – 5pm
06/10/16 Penong Penong Hotel 11am – 7pm
29/08/16 Port Lincoln Port Lincoln Aboriginal Community 11am – 5pm
05/08/16 Port Lincoln Nautilus Arts Centre 11am – 7pm
02/08/16 Streaky Bay Town Hall Supper Room 11am – 7pm
11/08/16 Whyalla Mt Laura Homestead Building 11am – 7pm
23/08/16 Yalata Yalata Aboriginal Community 11am – 5pm


Alternatively, you can join the conversation at, Facebook or Twitter or call the hotline on 1800 842 563.

Regional BizLink Seminar

Get your business off to a great start......

A unique opportunity to hear from and speak directly to Local, State and Federal Government organisations in the areas of compliance, business growth, registrations and licences, safety and staff responsibilities and dispute resolution.

This is a FREE event but places are strictly limited so:

BOOK NOW WHYALLA  - Thursday, 11th August 2016
BOOK NOW PORT LINCOLN  - Wednesday,10th August 2016  


Transforming the Upper Spencer Gulf

The Upper Spencer Gulf Common Purpose Group presents:  Transforming the Upper Spencer Gulf

A dinner forum for government, community and business leaders from Whyalla, Port Augusta and Port Pirie.
Hear from a selection of academics, researchers and community development experts as they explore what it means to transform an economy and a community.

Tuesday 16 August 2016 | 5:00 to 9:30pm | Port Pirie Golf Club

Registration is FREE, Dinner included.
RSVP:  Anita Crisp 0427 609 404 
            Emily White 0427 607 751 


The countdown is on:  SALA starts this weekend!

The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival was established in 1998 to promote and celebrate the many talented visual artists in South Australian.

Nine Eyre Peninsula events featuring more than 30 local artists are included in the program:
  • Port Lincoln - A Colourful Life, Squashed Cocky Gully, Quirky Owl and Home is Where the Heart is...
  • Streaky Bay Brewed Art Prize
  • Tumby Bay - Beyond the Veil
  • Louth Bay - Seaside Studio Two Shoes Productions
  • Cummins - Country Eyre
  • Port Kenny Hotel Art, Photography, Craft and Sculpture Exhibition.


 For the full Eyre Peninsula program details visit 

Other Upcoming Events...

Date Event Title Venue Contact
1Jun-31Aug Australian Salmon Fishing Championships Elliston Elliston Community and Visitor Information Centre 8687 9200
5 Aug Mindful of Dementia Day Port Lincoln Hotel To register ph:  08 8372 2100
14 Aug Port Lincoln Show Ravendale Racecourse
Port Lincoln
Makenna Dunning 0448 023 837
17-18 Aug USG Industry Conference and Trade Expo 2016 Northern Festival Centre, Port Pirie
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
19 August 2016 Mayor’s Charity Concert Nautilus Arts Centre Port Lincoln
20-21 Aug Whyalla Show Jubilee Park
Dawn Sharp 8649 1800 
21 & 28 Aug Firey Women Workshop Kimba Golf Club Therese Pedler 8682 4300
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
13 Sep Cummins & District Enterprise Committee AGM Cummins Hall Supper Room 7:30pm Kelsey Hurrell 8676 0400
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
24-25 Sep Kimba 89th Annual Show Kimba Showgrounds Kerri Cliff 0428 272 676
23 & 30 Sep Firey Women Streaky Bay Hall Supper Room Therese Pedler 8682 4300
25 Sep A Day on the Bay Coffin Bay Ben Catterall  8685 4626
30 Sep-
2 Oct
Ceduna Oysterfest Ceduna Annette Plane  8625 3407

Award Opportunity

Supporting South Australia's Rural Communities - Spirit of Excellence in Agriculture Awards 2016

Want to excel in your chosen career?  If you are from rural South Australia and are young - then you may be eligible to receive a grant from the Ag Bureau of SA through its Spirit of Excellence in Agriculture Awards Program.

Each year two awards are available providing the opportunity for young farmers and young people in rural communities to improve their personal and professional development skills and to have options of further study in their chosen career.
Applications are now open for the Peter Olsen Fellowship ($8k) and the Rural Youth Bursary sponsored by PIRSA ($5k).
Successful recipients are chosen on their abilities, achievements, vision and motivation for success and all members of the community are invited to nominate and to encourage applicants.

Applications close 31 August 2016.
Application forms are available under Awards on Ag Bureau of SA website.


Entries open for SA Climate Leaders Awards

South Australian individuals, businesses and communities, whose actions to tackle climate change have led and inspired others to take action, are invited to enter the inaugural Premier's Climate Change Council SA Climate Leaders Awards.

The awards will recognise the achievements of South Australians who lead the way in adapting to the effects of climate change, reducing greenhouse emissions, supporting South Australia's transition to a low carbo economy or raising awareness of climate change.

Entering is easy and there is a $10,000 prize up for grabs - so get involved!  
Entries are open until 9 September and winners will be announced later this year.


Handy Resources, Funding and Financing Opportunities

EPCF partnering with BP and Statoil for Community Grants Round 2 2016

The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation (EPCF) is partnering with BP Australia and Statoil to award grants to charitable incorporated organisations and community groups on the Eyre Peninsula.

The EPCF, BP and Statoil believe that local charitable organisations, community groups and proactive and visionary individuals can make a real difference to the development of our communities, and want to provide grants to assist these groups to give even better services in the future.  The funding partners are keen to respond to new issues and initiatives as they arise and will listen to unusual requests - particularly ideas for community projects that are normally not eligible for assistance from traditional funding programs.
In assessing applications, the EPCF Grants Committee will give priority to projects which are locally run and led, use volunteers for most tasks, involve minority or disadvantaged groups, are innovative and demonstrate community collaboration, are focused on sustainable long term community development and capacity building, and demonstrate good operational and management practices.  If your project satisfies at least some of those criteria, the EPCF, BP and Statoil encourage you to apply.

ANZ Seeds of Renewal

The ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program focuses specifically on supporting education and employment initiatives that support local economies in rural, regional and remote areas.

Consideration is given to projects that benefit communities with a population of fewer than 15,000 people.
Grants of up to $15,000 are available to community organisations for projects focused on these areas.

Guidelines and Application Form are available HERE 
Applications close 5pm Friday 26th August 2016

Holden Home Ground Advantage

Supporting local sporting clubs.

You can apply for a grant for a project up to $100,000 for your local sporting club for projects or equipment that make life easier for the members and supporters of your club.  For example, you might want to make improvements to your clubrooms, install new hot showers, get a new scoreboard, or purchase new sporting equipment that will help your team perform on the field.

Applications are now open and close on 31st August, 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.
  • 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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