E-news: December 2021


December 2021

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For the latest information on COVID-19 : SA Government Covid-19


Office Closure

We are taking a break over the holiday season and closing our office from Friday 24 December to Friday 7 January, reopening on Monday 10 January 2022.

RDAEP Board Members and Staff wish you a merry Christmas and healthy and happy New Year. 

Camping on the EP

For those that are holidaying on the EP and enjoying our beautiful coastline, we trust that you take care of it. Please click on the link to view the attached video on camping on the EP.     https://youtu.be/O3cOYye8kCE

Annual Report 

View our achievements and financials over the past year here:  RDAEP Annual Report 2020-21.


Chair of Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula (RDAEP) Bryan Trigg is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Viney as CEO, taking over from Dion Dorward. Mr Dorward announced back in July that he had chosen not to renew his contract after 8 years in the job, as he felt it was an appropriate time […]

Hands off Boston Bay

RDAEP and the Port Lincoln community have been active in voicing their concern about the effect a desalination plant would have on the aquaculture industry within the bays of Port Lincoln. The SA Government and SA Water have built an additional 12 months into the schedule for the Eyre Peninsula Desalination Plant project to enable […]

RDSA Regional Blueprint, Second Edition

Regional Development Australia Eyre Peninsula (RDAEP) presents to you the Second Edition of the South Australian Regional Blueprint. It has been developed as the go to document for all levels of Government and key stakeholders to refer to when they are seeking information about the regions. Regional Development South Australian (RDSA) is a unique model […]


National Radioactive Waste Management Facility to be delivered near Kimba

Following further consultation, the Australian Government today confirmed that a site for the location of our country’s National Radioactive Waste Management Facility has been selected, near the town of Kimba in South Australia. The government has acquired approximately 211 hectares of land at Napandee, 24 kilometres west of Kimba, where the facility will be built […]

Eyre Peninsula Landscape Plan released

The Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board recently released the  Eyre Peninsula Regional Landscape Plan 2021-26. The plan, approved by the Minister for the Environment and Water David Speirs, sets the vision and priorities for the region to achieve sustainable landscape management. The plan focuses on the priority areas of water, sustainable agriculture, pest plants and animals, […]


Government Extends Support for Small Business Owners

Regional small businesses suffering the brunt of lockdowns, drought and bushfires will be provided with ongoing Australian Government assistance supporting their economic recovery through the Small Business Financial Counselling Program. The Regional Small Business Support Program pilot – valued at $8.6 million nationally – will be rolled out in 2022, building on the Drought Communities Small […]

Request for Service Providers EOI – SA Government’s Landing Pad Program

The Department for Trade and Investment (DTI) is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from South Australian businesses to provide professional services to international and interstate companies setting up operations in SA. SA Landing Pad recipients receive funding to help them become established in South Australia as part of their expansion in the Asia Pacific Region, […]


2022 Heywire Competition

Heywire puts young Australians at the centre of the conversations that shape their communities. The 2022 ABC Heywire Competition opens Wednesday 15 December 2021. The annual Heywire cycle begins with a storytelling competition – open to people aged 16-22, living in regional or rural Australia. Heywire encourages young people to tell stories about their life outside […]

Grower Donations to Assist the Eyre Peninsula Community

Eyre Peninsula Farmers Future Proofing Eyre Peninsula Eyre Peninsula farmers are the backbone of our region – hard-working, dedicated to the Eyre Peninsula and its future, and committed to keeping our region a great place to live. They understand that our lifestyle and culture on Eyre Peninsula is shaped by many people investing their time […]

New Board Director for Foundation and AGM 2021

The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation (the Foundation) is pleased to announce the strengthening of its board with the appointment of Brian Cope from Whyalla. Foundation Chairman Garry Downey said, “The continuing expansion of our Board with a strong diversity of skills and experiences further supports the Foundation. He added, ‘The Board is in the process […]

Have Your say – Regional Banking

The Australian Government has established a Regional Banking Taskforce to assess the impact of bank branch closures on regional communities. The Taskforce will bring together banks and other key stakeholders to assess how bank branch closures have impacted local businesses, industries and communities and work collaboratively to identify possible solutions. The Co-Chairs of the Taskforce […]


Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) Round 6 – Now Open

In this round $250 million is available for community projects that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote Australia. Closing date for applications is 10 February 2022. Community Investments Stream The Round 6 Community Investments Stream supports new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide […]

Future Drought Fund: Resilient Soils and Landscapes – Open for Applications

The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open process to apply for the Future Drought Fund: Drought Resilient Soils and Landscapes Grants Program. The Future Drought Fund (the Fund) provides a sustainable source of funding to help Australian farmers and agricultural-dependent communities and businesses become more prepared for and resilient to the impacts of […]

Green Industries Assess-Implement-Monitor (AIM) Grants

Assess – Implement – Monitor (AIM) grants provide a subsidy for businesses to assess ways to implement more economically and environmentally sustainable practices.  Funding is available for businesses and not-for-profits to: ASSESS materials and resource efficiency, waste management, and/or other options to support a more sustainable and circular economy for South Australia IMPLEMENT recommendations made through a […]

Storm Recovery Grants

Disaster recovery grants of up to $10,000 are available to eligible South Australian primary producers who suffered direct storm damage in the 2021 October / November storms. Grants are to help pay for the costs of clean-up and other emergency measures including rebuilding or replacing damaged or destroyed on-farm infrastructure, to assist the immediate recovery […]

Preparing Australian Communities Program for projects of local significance

Round One of the Preparing Australian Communities Program for projects of local significance (PACP Local) will open for applications on 10 December 2021. The Grant Opportunity Guidelines are available now to provide applicants time to consult and preapare their applications.  www.business.gov.au/PACPL The PACP Local will provide up to $150 million for grants of between $20,000 […]

Arts and Cultural Fund Opens for Regional Events

The Commonwealth Government has launched a $5 million Regional Arts Fund Cultural Tourism Accelerator (RAFCTA) program to develop and promote arts and cultural events for tourists across regional Australia. The RAFCTA program will help increase tourism visitation in regional, rural and remote communities across Australia by providing financial support for art and cultural activities. There […]

Grants SA - is for not-for-profit community organisations to improve community participation, wellbeing, and quality of life for people living and working in South Australia. People and/or communities experiencing vulnerability or disadvantage are the core target group for this funding.

Community Grants Hub - offers a simplified grant experience by improving how grants are administered across Government for the benefit of stakeholders and the community.

Grant Connect - provides centralised publication of forecast and current Australian Government grant opportunities.

SA Tenders and Contracts - provides easy to use access to all publicly available bidding opportunities within the South  Australian Govenrment.

For more funding opportunities


Career Employment Group

Port Lincoln 
Forklift - 20-21 December

For more training opportunities


Port Lincoln Races 
Twilight Meeting - 31 December 
Day Meetings - 19 December, 9 and 21 January

Tunarama 2022 - 21 - 23 January, Port Lincoln 

Colour Tumby - 11 - 14 March, Tumby Bay

For more events
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