Enews December 2019


E-NEWS | December 2019

The RDAWEP Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula offices will be closed from 12.30pm Friday 20 December and reopen on Monday 6 January 2020.

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RDAWEP Community Solar Project

To boost its region’s economic activity, Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) developed the Community Solar Project (the Project) to inject dollars from electricity savings into the local economy while also supercharging the region’s solar and home battery sector. Community surveys showed that consumers wanted choice of solar providers and services, and that […]

RDAWEP Space Economy

The world has seen a transformation of the global space economy. Space technology is getting smaller, access to space is becoming cheaper and innovation cycles are shortening. All of this means that companies of all sizes can make significant contributions to the space economy, which is resulting in a rapidly growing space industry, worth around […]

RDAWEP Board Seeking Applications for Deputy Chair and Committee Members

Make a difference in your region. Would you like to give something back to your community? Are you interested in leading/contributing to a committee of motivated locals who will focus on driving economic development on Eyre Peninsula? Regional Development Australia Whyalla & Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) is seeking regional leaders with vision, drive and business experience […]

Economic Development

Quantum Graphite and Iron Road Limited Sign MOU

Quantum Graphite Limited (QGL, the Company) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Iron Road Limited (IRD) in connection with the company’s interest in the utilisation of the proposed Cape Hardy port facility as a logistics solution for the export of its natural flake graphite production from […]

Senator Rex Patrick speaks on Cape Hardy Port proposal

Crossbench Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick continues strong advocacy for the development of Cape Hardy and Eyre Peninsula. Senator Rex Patrick’s Speech  


Snapper Closures

New Snapper management measurement are in place from 1 November 2019 to 31 January 2023. Snapper closure locations and times – see MAP Two Snapper fishing closures are in place to help stocks recover. During these closures the targeting, take and possession of Snapper is prohibited in the following waters. West Coast / Spencer Gulf […]

Drought Management for Livestock Businesses

Making decisions in a drought is difficult and getting some perspective on the issue is important before you can implement effective measures. Having a plan for the long dry summer is critical for livestock management, as well as maintaining soil cover. Decisions farm businesses make will vary depending on individual circumstances. Regenerative Agriculture Project Officer […]

SA’s Disaster Resilience Strategy 2019-2024

Stronger Together – South Australia’s Disaster Resilience Strategy.  This strategy provides a foundation for State and local government, businesses, and the non-government and community sectors to collectively strengthen the resilience of South Australians to survive, adapt and grow, no matter what happens. South Australia’s Disaster Resilience Strategy 2019 – 2024

Changing Natural Resource Management in SA

The Landscape South Australia Bill 2019 has passed through Parliament, after consensus was reached between the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council on all amendments. Subject to assent by the Governor, the new Landscape South Australia Act 2019 will replace the Natural Resources Management Act 2004, which will enable the establishment of new regional landscape boards and […]

Government Releases Round 4 – Building Better Regions Fund

Funding to build or improve infrastructure and improve community capabilities in drought affected areas has been announced by the Australian Government. The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development have announced $200 million in the 2019-20 Budget for Round Four of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF). Round Four will support drought-affected regions by targeting […]


Successful Rodeo By The Sea

RDAWEP was a proud sponsor of the inaugural Streaky Bay Rodeo By the Sea on Saturday 23 November.   A crowd at the Streaky Bay Race Course had swelled to about 2,500 people who were hungry for some action and for many this was their first rodeo.  They were delighted by the fast paced action of the […]


Port Lincoln Cruise Ship Schedule 2019/20

The City of Port Lincoln is ready to welcome the thirteen cruise ships for the 2019/2020 summer season. Four new ships will be visiting Port Lincoln, the Vasco Da Gama, Sun Princess, Albatros, and the Pacific Aria. Approximately 60 volunteers are ready to assist with the Cruise Ship Welcome Program. Some volunteers have been volunteering […]

Education and Training

EP Pilot Program for 20 Tourism Trainees

Tourism Industry Council of South Australia (TiCSA), City of Port Lincoln, TAFE SA,  Career Employment Group (CEG) and Regional Development Australia Whyalla & Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) have collaborated with the Department of Innovation and Skills, are promoting 20 tourism traineeships to businesses in Port Lincoln and Eyre Peninsula in a pilot program, with the potential […]

Back to School Vouchers 2020

The Eyre Peninsula Community Foundation has an opportunity to take up matched funding for Back to School Vouchers for 2020 and would like to direct the extra vouchers to schools in the drought affected areas of Eyre Peninsula.  If you would like to contribute to this funding opportunity which is available right now, you can […]

Small business training

In collaboration with Adelaide Business Hub, RDAWEP has been extremely busy in the second half of 2019 facilitating building digital capability within Eyre Peninsula small businesses. For more workshops on Eyre Peninsula in 2020 check out  RDAWEP Events or around South Australia Adelaide Business Hub.


EP businesses shine brightly

Eyre Peninsula tourism stars shone brightly on Friday 8 November 2019. Five outstanding tourism businesses secured awards at the 2019 South Australian Tourism Awards. See all the winners here Congratulations goes to: 🏆 Marlinga Tours QANTAS Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism – GOLD 🏆🏆 Adventure Bay Charters Adventure Tourism – GOLD Ecotourism […]

For more upcoming regional events visit www.rdawep.org.au/events

Training Opportunities

CEG  Port Lincoln:
Forklift - 16-17 December

For more training opportunities visit https://www.rdawep.org.au/news/training-opportunities/

Funding Opportunities

Featured Funding / Grants

Regional Airports Program - provides regional airports or aerodrome owners/operators with grants of up to $5 million to enhance aviation safety and accessibility. Closes 12 December 2019.

  • improve the safety of aircraft, operators and passengers using regional airports or aerodromes
  • facilitate improved delivery of essential goods and services such as food supplies, health care and passenger air services
  • improve the connectivity of Australia’s regions to domestic and global market opportunities
  • meet the operational requirements of aeromedical and other emergency services in the region. 

Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program - funding will be available to eligible regional show societies for the maintenance and upgrade of existing infrastructure and the building, purchase, rent or construction of new infrastructure related to the running of an agricultural show. Closes 12 December 2019. 

Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants - Agricultural shows provide an authentic and accessible showcase of Australian farming. They are at the very heart of regional communities, bring rural and urban communities together, showcase new technology, and promote competition and improvement in agricultural sectors.
Shows that collect less than $20,000 in gate receipts from each annual show will be considered to be a small show. Shows that collect $20,000 or more in gate receipts from each annual show will considered a large show. Closes 13 December 2019.
The small grant stream will be used for projects seeking up to $124,999 ex GST in grant funding and includes:
Category 1 - Small grants for small shows
Category 2 - Small grants for large shows
The large grant stream will be used for projects seeking between $125,000 and $500,000 ex GST of grant funding and includes:
Category 3 - Large grants for small shows
Category 4 - Large grants for large shows

Ageing Well Community Grants - if you're part of an incorporated, non-profit organisation working together with older people, you are invited to apply for Grants for Seniors and Positive Fellowship Grants. Local Governments are invited to apply for Age Friendly SA Grants. Closes 17 January 2020.

Grants SA – Minor Round - a one-off project funding program that provides grants to not-for-profit community organisations to improve community participation, wellbeing and quality of life for people living and working in South Australia. The Minor Round grants of between $100 - $10,000 are available for:
Community activities | One-off programs or services | Volunteer development. Minor Round 2 opens on 1 December 2019 and closes on 31 January 2020.

Drought Communities Program - Extension - On 7 November the Australian Government committed to provide an additional $1 million each to 122 drought-affected councils under the Drought Communities Program. The government also committed $1 million each to 6 new drought-affected councils. The Drought Communities Programme - Extension is now open for applications.

The extension of the Drought Communities Programme will provide total funding of $250 million over three years from 2018-19 to Eligible Councils to deliver immediate economic stimulus and other benefits to targeted drought-affected regions of Australia. The program will support local community infrastructure and other drought relief projects for communities who have been impacted by drought.

Funding will target infrastructure and other projects that:

  • provide employment for people whose work opportunities have been impacted by drought
  • stimulate local community spending
  • use local resources, businesses and suppliers
  • provide a long-lasting benefit to communities and the agricultural industries on which they depend.

Each Eligible Council can receive funding for projects up to $1 million. Eligible Councils are listed on business.gov.au/dcp. The minimum grant amount per application is $25,000. Eligible Councils announced for funding up to and including September 2019 may submit more than one application. Eligible Councils announced for funding from November 2019 may only submit one application. The grant amount will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs. Projects must be completed by 31 December 2020. Projects must be in addition to the normal planned activities of the Council.

Dept of Veteran Affairs Veteran and Community Grants - to maintain and improve the independence and quality of life for members of the veteran community by funding projects that sustain or enhance health and wellbeing. Closes 27 February 2020.

Fishing for Tourism - Charter Boat Diversification Program - has been established to:

  • expand and strengthen the charter boat sector by co-investing in projects to enhance charter boat operators’ offering as a tourism experience
  • broaden tourism offerings that will be attractive to the domestic and international tourism and visitor market
  • position the sector for strong future growth in the nature-based tourism sector.

Through the ‘Fishing for Tourism’ program, the State Government is committing $500,000 to support diversification in the charter boat sector. Closes 28 February 2020.

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) - On the 29 November, the Minister for Health the Hon Greg Hunt MP released the guidelines for the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) - National Critical Infrastructure Initiative: 2019 Rural, Regional and Remote Clinical Trial Enabling Infrastructure Grant Opportunity.

The objective of this competitive, national grant opportunity is to support new and innovative approaches to enhancing and improving clinical trial infrastructure (including facilities, research equipment, systems and services), and to extend existing or provide new clinical trials into rural, regional and remote areas.

Activities based outside of rural, regional and remote areas will be considered, provided the proposal can demonstrate the benefit to patients in rural, regional and remote areas. However, preference will be given to trial activities provided in rural, regional and remote areas.

Up to $100 million is available over five years from 2020-21 to 2024-25. The minimum grant amount is $5 million and the maximum grant amount is $100 million.

Applications for the 2019 Rural, Regional and Remote Clinical Trial Enabling Infrastructure Grant Opportunity will open on 10 December 2019 and close at 5.00pm AEDT on 3 March 2020.

On-Farm Emergency Infrastructure Rebate Scheme - a rebate to drought affected farmers who invest in urgently needed on-farm water infrastructure. Closes 31 March 2021.

Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP e-grants newsletter seeks to provide individuals and community groups with an update on open grants. 
Click Here to view the e-grants newsletter for December 2019.

Grants SA - Grants for community organisations

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 visit https://www.rdawep.org.au/news/grant-funding-opportunities/
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