SA Housing Crisis

It's a bloody nightmare!

This week, The Advertiser highlighted the impact of the housing crisis on the South Australian economy. There is some $44 billion worth of future projects, with some $3.3 billion slated across our region, however a lack of available housing and rentals is impacting availability of attracting additional employees to fulfil new jobs. 

Regional Development Australia SA Chairman, Rob Kerin, stated:
“It’s very hard to build your business. It’s hard enough to get workers anyway but when you do it’s just as hard to house them. It’s a bloody nightmare and really frustrating.”

Our own CEO, Damien Cooke, affirms that RDA AHFKI is working collectively with other RDA's, as Regional Development South Australia, to encourage the State Government to make this issue a priority. 

Nominations Are Open!

The search is on for excellence in agriculture

The Kondinin Group and ABC Rural Australian Farmer of the Year Awards are designed to celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and families making a significant contribution to Australian Agriculture.

Anyone can nominate a candidate and winners will be announced at an exclusive event at Parliament House in Canberra during June.

Nominations close: Tuesday 28 February 2023
National Mentoring Program

Build resilience through knowledge sharing

Mentoring connects someone with knowledge and experience in a certain area with someone with less experience. The purpose of the National Mentoring Program is to bring together rural Australians with different experiences to build leadership capacity and resilience in rural Australia.

Round 2 of this program is now open and taking applications for both mentors and mentees. It includes 12 x 1 hour mentoring sessions over the course of 1 year.

Applications close:  Monday, 03 April 2023


Talking Farm Safety

Conversations from the land

This month, Farmsafe launched a series of podcasts focused on farm culture to promote safer working, living and playing environments for primary producers and their families. 

Hear from industry experts and the first-hand experiences shared by those living and working on the land.

Fleurieu Ag Fest

Forging the path for the future of agriculture

The Fleurieu Ag Fest event aims to showcase ideas and technology being used in agriculture, primary production, conservation and land management.

Primary producers, students, teachers and the local community are all invited to attend this event that will promote the diversity and abundance of ag career pathways by providing inspiration for relevant career and education options. 

DATE: Monday, 20 March 2023
TIME: 10:00am-5:00pm
VENUE: Yankalilla Showgrounds  |  Main South Road


A Roadmap to Workplace Wellbeing

Workforce Planning Series - Part 1

A safe and healthy workplace leads to greater productivity outcomes, fewer work-related injuries/illnesses, and improved health and wellbeing outcomes for workers. While the benefits of workplace wellbeing may be clear, knowing where to start, or what to do next, can sometimes be more of a challenge. 

This workshop will go through the “what” and “why” of workplace wellbeing and, like any good road-map, will help guide you to a safe, thriving workplace.

DATE: Friday, 17 March 2023
TIME: 7:00am-10:30am
VENUE: ROOS/RSL Club  |  Cnr George Main Rd & Bay Rd | Victor Harbor
New Year, New Job?

Beware of recruitment scammers

The ACCC is urging jobseekers to be wary of scammers after Australian's lost more than $8.7 million in recruitment scams last year. There were more than 3,194 reports of job scams in 2022, with victims lured by promises of making money quickly.

Their message, to young people in particular, is to be wary of job offers made through social media platforms or messaging services such as Whatsapp.


Active Club Program

Helping clubs promote active lifestyles

The aim of this program is to support active recreation, sport and recreational fishing clubs by funding development of programs and services provided to South Australian communities.

Funding can be used for a diverse range of club needs, including (but not limited to) recreation equipment, uniforms/protective gear, medical equipment/training, promotion, technology and professional development/training. 

FUNDING: (≤100 members) $1,500 | (100+ members) $3,000 
CLOSES: Wednesday, 15 March 2023
See It Live e-Voucher Program

Supporting the South Australian music scene

If you're an eligible live music or hospitality venue, you can apply for See it Live e-vouchers to help you host South Australian bands or artists at your premises.

See It LIVE single e-voucher – $400

For venues with a low frequency of live music activity during the eligible activity period.

See It LIVE 5-pack e-voucher – $2,000

For venues with a high frequency of live music activity and/or artists who command higher fees during the eligible activity period.

You can only apply for one of these e-voucher options at a time; however, once redeemed, you may apply for additional e-vouchers while the round remains open.

FUNDING: total funding pool of $2 million
CLOSES: Sunday, 16 April 2023



Andy Ide | HorseRecords

2021 Hills & Coast Business Grant recipient
being interviewed by Ticker News

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