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Innovation and Export Forum

September 12, 2017

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Upcoming Innovation and Export Forum

Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast is pleased to host the upcoming Innovation and Export Forum on the 19th of September from 1.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. at the Main Corner, City Hall, Mount Gambier.

CEO Dave Wheaton said “The Limestone Coast is a diverse region featuring competitive advantages in industries including agriculture, forestry, fishing, tourism and manufacturing. Through leadership and collaboration the region is poised to embrace innovation and keep pace with the demands of the global economy. New international free trade agreements, emerging supply chain opportunities, commercialisation of local ideas and products, technological advancements and an export appetite for clean, green agricultural products will drive the future prosperity of our region. This forum provides local companies with direct access to government departments and agencies that can assist them to grow into international markets and achieve export success”.

AusIndustry Regional Manager Callena Rawlings said “We’ve brought together a range of experts to share information with businesses looking to grow, innovate and export. We know businesses are busy, so we have provided a program which makes the most of their time and exposes them to new information and programmes which can support them. I think everyone who comes will learn something new, gain a broader understanding of global market opportunities and find a new avenue of support. We have a great level of interest so far, with places filling up quickly, so we encourage businesses to RSVP as soon as possible so they don’t miss out”.

Please RSVP here https://register.eventarc.com/39093/innovation-and-export-forum

Program details:
Brenda Callahan, Business Advisor, AusIndustry
Entrepreneurs Program: Outline support available for businesses looking to scale up or diversify.

Grant Steinberg, Commercialisation Adviser, AusIndustry

Accelerating Commercialisation: Outline stages of commercialisation and support available to assist business in implementing new commercialisation initiatives

Andrew Richardson, Innovation Facilitator, AusIndustry

Innovation Connections: The process of innovation supported by a case study. Outlining the support available to assist business with innovation.

Dave Gordge, Director, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade South Australia State Office

Free Trade Agreements: Australia’s network of Free Trade Agreements, how they benefit trade and how to take advantage of them.

Belinda Hay, Manager TradeStart, International Operations, Austrade:

  • Global Trade Themes:
    o Overview of Global Trade Opportunities & how Austrade can assist

     Food & Beverage

     Manufacturing & Engineering (in market connections & support)

  • Comparison of major market blocks: China, India & ASEAN

Andrew Perkins, Director SME South Australia EFIC

As Australia’s export credit agency, learn how EFIC partner with banks to provide export trade working capital financial solutions to assist small & medium enterprises to win business, grow internationally and achieve export success.

Marcus Kuller, Export Adviser, TradeStart

Outline the services provided by the TradeStart program, how we can support businesses whether new or experienced exporters. Outline the close working relationship and linkages with the Austrade network.

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For further Information contact:-

Mr David Wheaton, Chief Executive Officer

Ph: 87231057 or Mobile 0417 885 920

Date: 12th September 2017

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Driving jobs to the Limestone Coast

August 19, 2017

Staff from Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast and The City of Mount Gambier were in Adelaide on Wednesday 18 August to showcase the region at a jobs fair for Holden and automotive supply chain workers.

More than 100 workers registered their interest in living and working in the Limestone Coast.    RDALC chief executive David Wheaton said a strong message was delivered that there were plenty of jobs and opportunities for auto industry workers in the Limestone Coast.

“Holden, Ford and Toyota manufacturing operations will close by the end of 2017.  We’d like auto workers contemplating their future to know they have skills our economy needs and there is a bright future for them here in the Limestone Coast,” Mr Wheaton said.

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Chair Resigns

July 14, 2017

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RDA Limestone Coast Chair Resigns

Mr Richard Vickery, has stepped down as Chair of Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC) after serving in the position since January 2015.

During his term as Chair of RDALC, Mr Vickery oversaw some major changes, including the appointment of a new CEO, a restructure of board membership and a strong focus on building relationships with the three levels of government.

Following a number of new appointments to the organisation over the past few months, the staff headed by CEO David Wheaton, and the Board are leading RDALC through a period of renewal. The Chair vacancy arising from Mr Vickery’s resignation creates an opportunity for new leadership and will continue to strengthen the organisation’s role in driving economic growth across the Limestone Coast.

Deputy Chair, Alan Richardson will head the RDALC board until a new chair is appointed by the Federal Minister for Regional Development, the Hon. Fiona Nash.

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For further Information contact:-

Mr David Wheaton, Chief Executive Officer

Ph: 87231057 or Mobile 0417 885 920

Date: 14th July 2017

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Opportunity knocks

June 30, 2017

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Unique opportunity opens up as Bruce Rodda leaves RDALC

Investment Attraction Manager, Bruce Rodda, finished his position with Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC) at the end of the financial year.

Mr Rodda has played an integral role in promoting international awareness of the Limestone Coast as an investment destination and trading partner since late 2015. RDALC is now looking for a new candidate to continue the role, which is unique to this region.

“Investment supports the development of our region’s key sectors and attracts new economic agents who can support job creation and new business opportunities – whether it’s from over the border or from foreign sources.” Mr Rodda says.

Developing a China Investment Strategy for the Limestone Coast has been a key focus of the job, with Mr Rodda building on his previous 13-year role as an export adviser with Austrade. In March, he was invited by the Mount Gambier City Council to participate in the Lu’an/Baotou delegation, which resulted in the signing of a friendship city agreement in Baotou. In April 2016, Mr Rodda accompanied delegates from the region to the Shandong province in China, as part of the Department of State Development program. RDALC extended this trip to include a visit to Shanghai.

“I see this as critical for this region, as we are dealing with premium products and premium services; we’re seeing that we really need to have that person on the ground with whom we have already established relationships.”

Mr Rodda has also assisted Councils to host a number of inbound delegations from China – including return visits from the Shandong province, Luan and Baotou. He explains. “We are leading the state with the work that we have done here in the region through the RDA, attracting business migrants who are high net worth individuals that are committed to achieving export results and linking in with some of the premium end markets in China.”

Mr Rodda plans to continue collaborating with regional and state stakeholders in a new independent consulting role, with the City of Mount Gambier and RDALC already confirmed as future clients.

RDALC chief executive officer, David Wheaton, says the work Bruce has undertaken is part of a broad plan to ensure a systematic and professional approach to investment activities to drive regional growth.

“The 2015 China-Australia Free Trade Agreement kicked off an exciting era of international business in Australia, so having Bruce as an advocate and leader in this field has been a great coup for the region,” he says.

“We are delighted Bruce has agreed to continue to work with us to mentor and support his replacement.”

Mr Wheaton says continuing this work presents an excellent opportunity for a motivated up-and-comer to learn about international business from one of the best in the business.

“If you have an international outlook and the ability to develop strong regional networks with business and industry, we want to hear from you.”

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For further Information contact:-

Mr David Wheaton, Chief Executive Officer

Ph: 87231057 

Mobile 0417 885 920

Date: 30th June 2017

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Leadership Team

April 11, 2017

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RDALC Leadership Team

Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC) now has a full leadership team for 2017 and beyond, following appointments for two senior management positions within the organisation. David Furniss is overseeing Business and Workforce Development, and Renee Palmer is the new Manager of Corporate Services.

RDALC CEO, David Wheaton, says the highly qualified duo will work alongside Investment Attraction Manager, Bruce Rodda, in key organisational roles. “With Bruce Rodda taking up his position a year ago, and my own appointment six months ago, we now have a fully staffed leadership team, which is really exciting,” says Mr Wheaton.

The development and implementation of the 2017-2020 Regional Roadmap is the team’s top priority, in order to plot the future direction for regional development and growth in the Limestone Coast.

“It has been an extremely busy time and there has been a fair bit of change for the organisation, so it is quite fitting that the new team will be working on the brand new strategy rather than picking up partway through the old Roadmap developed for 2013-16,” Mr Wheaton explains. “There are existing regional issues, but there are also new issues that need to be identified and addressed.”

David Furniss was appointed after a comprehensive executive search to find the right mix of skills, experience and commitment to help drive the region’s business and workforce development. Originally from Bordertown, Mr Furniss has a strong history of working in regional development roles in regional and rural communities in the Northern Wimmera, Kangaroo Island, the Mid North, Fleurieu Peninsula, Adelaide Hills and Murraylands.

“I’m thrilled to return to the region I grew up in, and am really looking forward to building awareness of how we can help business and industry generally; a lot of my work will be connecting businesses with a raft of useful services designed to help them develop and grow,” Mr Furniss explains. “There is also a lot of work to be done in workforce development – one of the big challenges is certainly going to be ensuring that the region has the right skill level coming out of the education system so that we have the workers to match the emerging job opportunities.”

The new Manager of Corporate Services, Renee Palmer, previously worked for the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, and the South East Natural Resources Management Board.

“I am really excited about this new role, as I have a keen interest in corporate governance, supporting boards to function effectively as well as providing leadership and contributing to strategy development,” she says. “It is great to be working for an organisation that is going through a period of renewal and providing direction for economic development for the success of our region.”

In addition, Roger Babolka is currently working with RDALC as a senior project officer. Mr Babolka had previously spent three months providing small business support to stakeholders on a temporary basis.

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For further Information contact:-

David Wheaton

0417 885 920

P: 87231057

E:info@rdalc.org.au

 

 

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Career advice on the move

February 20, 2017

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Career advice on the move

Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC) is undertaking a new approach to career service provision in the region, with the Mount Gambier Career Development Centre relocating to the RDALC headquarters.

RDA Limestone Coast Chief Executive Officer, David Wheaton, says the Centre’s move from its James Street office to the ForestrySA Building on Jubilee Highway will streamline operations and maximise service accessibility by making staff more mobile.

“We are a small organisation with 10 staff, and the savings achieved by centralising our operations will enable us to expand our services by taking them direct to towns across the region,” Mr Wheaton explains.

Mr Wheaton says the removal of a shop-front with a drop-in format adds a more formal approach to service provision across the Limestone Coast region.

“The service is still very much available, but the method of delivery has changed.”

Career Services was a pilot model developed more than 10 years ago, and it has since been implemented at centres across South Australia. Leading Career Practitioner, Charmaine Lawrie, says the service aims to empower individuals to take charge of their working pathway.

“Now we have the flexibility to service the whole Limestone Coast, providing an Outreach service to those who are unable to travel to us,” she says. “We can provide one-on-one appointments and deliver tailored workshops with a focus on a variety of topics to assist individuals needing help with the world of work.”

This month, career practitioners have held workshops and individual appointments in Bordertown, and they will be traveling to Kingston and Millicent in the near future. Bookings are also being taken for appointments at Limestone Coast Training in Smith Street, Naracoorte, while regular Mount Gambier appointments are also available. Facebook is one of the mediums being used to promote the town visits, with users encouraged to follow the Regional Development Australia – Limestone Coast Facebook Page.

Career Services is available to eligible participants. To make an appointment please call 08 8723 1057

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For further Information contact:-

Mr David Wheaton

Chief Executive Officer

Ph: 87231057

Mobile 0417 885 920

Date: 28th February 2017

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The Union Dairy Company

February 16, 2017

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The Union Dairy Company

Commissioning of a new dairy processing plant in the Limestone Coast is on track and the recruitment of workers is now underway.

The Union Dairy Company, (Midfield Group, Louis Dreyfus Company joint venture) is currently investing $80 million to build a dairy processing plant 8km south of Penola. The plant is scheduled to be commissioned in 2017 and will process over 200 million litres of raw milk and produce more than 30,000 tonne of milk powders and fats for export.

Managing Director of The Union Dairy Company, Mr Daniel Aarons, said the company was delighted to be recruiting for more than 30 full-time positions in co-operation with Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast including warehouse coordinators, quality and hygiene officers and a range of process controllers. Additional senior management and maintenance roles are also available and advertising has been underway for several weeks already. The management and maintenance roles and subsequent recruitment is being managed directly by The Union Dairy Company.

“Our expectations are high and we are determined to find the best person for each role. In return the successful applicants will have an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a new venture producing premium product for the global marketplace” Mr. Aarons said.

David Wheaton, Chief Executive of Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast, said the RDALC was pleased to be coordinating the screening, recruitment and training of prospective employees.

“The Penola plant will grow the region’s skills base and build our capacity to serve global markets more efficiently,” Mr Wheaton said.

Position descriptions can be obtained from the RDALC website and applications close on 27th January 2016.

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For further Information contact:

Mr Daniel Aarons 0439 294 318

Mr David Wheaton 0417 885 920

Date: 16 January 2017

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Understanding the future of Australia’s food and beverage industry

February 1, 2017

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Understanding the future of Australia’s food and beverage industry

The Limestone Coast RDA is pleased to host a learning event for the food, beverage and agribusiness sectors. The event will provide the latest thinking, support and information about the future of the functional and luxury food and beverage sector.

The learning event will be held at Chardonnay Lodge on the 9th February, starting at 10.30am and provides an unprecedented opportunity for local business leaders to hear from leading experts including Primary Industries and Regions SA, FoodSA, the South Australian Research and Development Institute, CSIRO, and Food Innovation Australia Limited.

The event will also include information from a wide range of service providers in attendance including AusIndustry, Tradestart, BusinessSA and the Department of State Development.

Chief Executive Officer of Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast, David Wheaton, said the event would provide an opportunity for businesses to consider the latest research and market insights for high value products for South Australian producers. The event will allow businesses to consider how they could improve their products and reach new markets.

AusIndustry Regional Manager, Callena Rawlings said “This is a collaboration between PIRSA, AusIndustry and the Limestone Coast RDA. We’ve worked together to create an event that recognises the significant contribution and value to the regional economy that our food and beverage industries play in the Limestone Coast. We tried to provide something of interest for everyone with a range of high calibre speakers and relevant service providers. I’d encourage any business in these sectors who is looking at future growth opportunities to attend”.

PIRSA’s Limestone Coast Regional Coordinator, Peta Crewe said “We are keen to support businesses to reflect on where they are at in their business journey, what information or knowledge gaps they have, and most importantly, where they can get help”.

“This event is a fantastic opportunity for industry leaders to position their business by harnessing emerging opportunities and understanding new markets,” Mr Wheaton said.

If you are interested in attending this event please RSVP to Taylah Connolly by the 7th February on 8723 1057 or taylah@rdalc.org.au.

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For further Information contact:-

Mr David Wheaton

Ph: 87231057

Mobile 0417 885 920

Date: 1st February 2017

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