Expressions of Interest – The FIAL Project Fund

September 27, 2016

Food and Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL) is calling for applications to access a $1.4 million fund that aims to boost competitiveness and productivity in the food and agribusiness sector.

The FIAL Project Fund will match funding from multiple collaborative industry partners to deliver innovation projects that address one of the four objectives of the Federal Government’s Industry Growth Centres.

The four objectives are as follows:

  1. Identifying opportunities to reduce regulatory burden
  2. Increasing collaboration and commercialisation between researchers and industry
  3. Improving capabilities to engage with international markets and global supply chains
  4. Enhancing management and workforce skills.

The Federal Government has identified the food and agribusiness sector as one where Australia has competitive strength, and the Food & Agribusiness Industry Growth Centre is designed to drive innovation, productivity and competitiveness.

The FIAL Project Fund aims to encourage businesses of all sizes to identify solutions for production, processing and services that can be commercialised.

Applications are open for projects with matched funding from commercial and research organisations. Projects must have a maximum length of two years, with the minimum project grant set at $100,000.

Click here for more information on the FIAL Project Fund or to download the application forms. Alternately, contact Barry McGookin, Project Manager, Food Innovation Australia at

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SproutX Pre-Accelerator National Launch

September 27, 2016

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Consultation begins on new strategyto support small businesses across the State

September 14, 2016

News Release – Martin Hamilton-Smith

Small businesses and industry groups are invited to have their say about the priorities and challenges facing small businesses, and how Government and industry could work together to address these.

The feedback, ideas and business intelligence gathered through the consultation will inform a new Small Business Statement for South Australia to supportsmall business growth and jobs. The survey closes on 23 September – to have your say visit

Small Business Minister Martin-Hamilton Smith announced the consultation today during Country Cabinet in the Southern Mallee region, which is an opportunity for the Government to hear from local people about the matters affecting them and their communities.

As part of the Government’s support for small businesses, a workshop was also held in Bordertown recently to help small businesses enhance their digital and marketing skills.


The new Small Business Statement for South Australia will build on the State Government’s recent reforms in areas important to business, including taxation, Return to Work SA (formerly WorkCover), planning and liquor licencing.

The statement is also complemented by Simplify Day, a red tape repeal day being held on 15 November 2016 to remove out-dated and redundant legislation that makes it difficult to do business in South Australia.

Quotes attributable to Small Business Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith

The State Government is committed to supporting a strong, sustainable and globally competitive small business sector in South Australia.

A new Small Business Statement will be developed in partnership with the small business community, and will highlight not only the importance of small businesses to our State, but the actions and activities of Government to address the key challenges small businesses face.

Our small business community, has a vital role to play in supporting business growth, and we will be seeking suggestions for how industry and Government can work together to address these challenges.

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Ready Set Grow

September 14, 2016

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Limestone Coast Regional Adaptation Plan

September 14, 2016

The Limestone Coast Regional Adaptation Plan was launched in Bordertown on Sunday the 11th September as part of the Country Cabinet Tatiara events. The Plan is the product of collaboration between Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast, the Limestone Coast Local Government Association, the South East Natural Resources Management Board and the stakeholders and communities that live, work and visit the Limestone Coast Region.

Click below to read the Plan

Limestone Coast Regional Adaptation Plan

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Limestone Coast – the great Australian road trip

August 16, 2016

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Job Accelerator Grant Scheme

August 16, 2016

Job Accelerator Grant Scheme

As part of the 2016-17 State Budget, handed down on 7 July 2016, the Government has announced a Job Accelerator Grant Scheme to encourage South Australian businesses to employ additional full-time, part-time and casual employees, and maintain them for at least 12 months.

Under the Job accelerator Grant Scheme there will be two grants offered, with different eligibility requirements. These grants are listed below:

  • A Job Accelerator Grant of up to $10,000 ($5,000 a year for two years) per new Full-Time equivalent (FTE) job created. This 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 ($2,000 a year for two years) per new job created is available for most businesses 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 (e.g. public benevolent institution).

Businesses will be eligible to receive the grant for each additional worker employed by them in a new position between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018. The payment will be made on the first and second anniversary date of employment.

Businesses must register a new employee within 90 days of the employee’s commencement date.

Further information about the Job Accelerator Grant Scheme may be found in the Information Circulator 95 found here and also on the website

Registrations for the Job Accelerator Grant Scheme can be made vial the following link

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mount gambier farmers market

Mount Gambier Farmers Market – Bigger and Better!

August 16, 2016

Farmers Market bigger & better


8 August 2016

The Mount Gambier Farmers Market is enjoying a surge in sales and support thanks to a recent

influx of shoppers and new stalls.

“The market is growing,” says market committee Chair Glenys Hughes.

“We have new stalls and products including dairy and free-range pork. More people are coming

through each week and they’re bringing bigger bags and baskets. It’s exciting to see.”

The market showcases food from around the Limestone Coast, providing an important

supplementary income stream for small local farms.

Fresh milk, eggs, juice, meat, fish, bread, olive oil, nuts, fruit and vegetables are some of the

staples on offer, but what makes this shopping experience different is that each product is

proudly sold by the person who grew it and made it.

“The range of foods shows how productive our local area is,” says Kalangadoo Organic’s

Michelle McColl. It’s seasonal, local, it’s about community.”

“All of the produce has been grown within a 200 kilometre radius of Mount Gambier. Prepared

goods are made in licensed kitchens using local ingredients.”

Michelle notes that, on the whole, farmers markets are growing in popularity around the world.

“It’s a trend. This is what we’ve been working towards, so it’s great to see things taking off.”

Michelle and partner Chris, along with a small band of like-minded local producers, helped set

up Mount Gambier’s first dedicated farmers market four years ago.

“Our vision was to create a vibrant fresh food market and social meeting place each Saturday

morning. This is exactly what we are seeing.”

What’s more, it seems Mount Gambier’s cool winter weather hasn’t put people off. In fact,

organisers say many market goers like having a reason to get out into the fresh air.

Every Saturday, local producers can be spotted assembling their market tents in the town

centre, ready for the 9am start when locals begin rolling in do their weekly shop.

Hot food and drinks are available, again inspired by the produce. Egg and bacon paninis made

with pastured eggs, free-range bacon and home-made relish. Iced coffees with Jersey milk and

locally-roasted coffee – just two of the latest offerings that have foodies coming back for more.

The farmers market attracts people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life and, as

organisers hoped, also draws in tourists curious to taste what the area has to offer.

Michelle says many market goers find this experience of ‘putting a face to their food’ very

satisfying. Similarly, tourists can learn more about the area, its people and what they are tasting.

Some of the foods at the Mount Gambier Farmers Market this Winter include:

  • Smoked and fresh ocean trout from Beachport
  • Apple juice, cider vinegar and organic eggs from Kalangadoo
  • Jersey milk, cheese and yoghurt from Robe
  • Free-range heritage-breed pork, bacon, sausages and ham from Mount Gambier
  • Pastured eggs from Eight Mile Creek
  • Lowline beef, sausages and gourmet pies from Burrungule
  • Potatoes, vegetables, herbs, fruits and nuts from around the Limestone Coast
  • Extra virgin olive oil from Hynam
  • Honey from Yahl and Mount Gambier
  • Point-of-lay hens from Karoo
  • Lentils and chick peas from Naracoorte
  • Sourdough breads, baked goods, vegan goods, soups, falafel, hummus, curries, salads,

jams and sauces using ingredients from around the Limestone Coast

The Mount Gambier Farmers Market runs from 9am till midday everySaturday in the Cave

Gardens in front of the Library.

For more information visit The line up of stalls is posted each week on the

market’s Facebook page.

Market enquiries: Glenys Hughes (Chair) 0466 155 848 or

Media enquiries: Julie Hinchliffe 0474 321 494 or

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AusIndustry Programme Summary – July

August 3, 2016

AusIndustry Programme Summary

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Know Nuclear

August 2, 2016

Know Nuclear

State-Wide Engagement Program

The State Government recently received the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Report. It identified that South Australia can safely increase its participation in the nuclear fuel cycle, including pursuing the opportunity to establish a nuclear waste facility to store and dispose of waste from overseas countries that use nuclear power.

A Citizen’s Jury was held earlier this month, delivering a summary of key themes the Jury believe their fellow South Australians should discuss and explore in more detail. These are safety, consent, trust and the economics of perusing such a facility. Their report now sets the agenda for conversations that will soon be taking place across the state.

Over the next few months, teams from the State Government’s Consultation and Response Agency (CARA) will visit all corners of the state holding informal, face-to-face meetings to discuss the report’s findings. The sessions will provide an opportunity for you to talk to CARA staff, ask questions and submit your comments on the Royal Commission findings. This information will be used to provide feedback into the Government’s decision making process later this year.

A list of Limestone Coast locations is below, if you are planning on attending with a group we recommend you make a group booking on out website, where you can also find more information including the Royal Commission and Jury reports. Or you can contact us at:

Freecall: 1800 842 563

04/8/16 Mount Gambier – City Hall: 11am – 7pm
05/8/16 Mount Gambier – Mt Gambier Aboriginal Community – 11am – 5pm

26/9/16 Keith – Ruth Wheel Building: 11am – 7pm
27/9/16 Naracoorte – Naracoorte Hall: 11am – 7pm
28/9/16 Kingston – Kingston Town Hall: 9am – 5.30pm
28/9/16 Penola – Wattle Range Council (the Gallery): 11am-7pm
29/9/16 Millicent – The Civic and Arts Centre: 11am – 7pm
29/9/16 Robe – Robe Institute: 11am – 7pm

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