Growing our Regional Workforce

June 25, 2021

Regional Development Australia’s (RDA) eight South Australian branches have collaborated to commission a research paper that examines the complex, interconnected and key barriers that are inhibiting the availability of a skilled workforce for regional South Australia. It is a comprehensive review and documents existing research, case studies and stakeholder interviews and sets out an extensive list of recommendations to address the barriers raised.

In addition to the full research paper, a summary document has been prepared providing a list of the Top 5 Key Recommendations.

They are :

  1. Increased housing supply to address the shortage of available accommodation
  2. Employment readiness pathways
  3. Regionally based workforce resources
  4. Increased business HR capacity & capability, including Employer of Choice programs
  5. Migration program reform

Read the full media release here.

Download the summary document here.

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Alan Richardson Reappointed as Deputy Chair

June 2, 2021

Evan Flint, Chair of Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC) has announced Alan Richardson will continue in his role as Deputy Chair for a further 3 year term. Having been a member of the RDALC Board since 2011, Alan took on the Deputy Chair role in 2015 and has demonstrated strong leadership during this time.

“Alan is a committed member of the Limestone Coast community. His depth of knowledge of regional issues, his economic intelligence and industry experience have been invaluable to the RDALC in its work supporting economic development across the region,” said Mr Flint.

With a keen interest in infrastructure, Mr Richardson played a significant role in the production of the Rail corridor and freight analysis for the Limestone Coast and South West Victoria – Application of TraNSIT, advocating for the re-introduction of freight rail to the region.

Alan also played a leading role in securing RDALC’s partnership with the South Australian Department for Energy and Mining to deliver the Bioenergy Connect Program across the State. This led to RDALC administering $175,000 in funding to support local industry and business to investigate the feasibility of introducing bioenergy in their business model.

“Alan’s vision and understanding of the opportunities that exist for a circular economy in our region allows us to lead other regions in progressing these concepts and leverage funding that can ultimately deliver significant job creation and greenhouse gas reduction for South Australia,” said Mr Flint.

“To capitalise on opportunities such as these, our region needs leaders like Alan with the foresight of what potential applications such scenarios can have, and a clear knowledge of the resources at our fingertips,” he said.

“I would like to congratulate Alan on his re-appointment and thank him for what has already been a significant service to the region,” said Mr Flint.

This announcement comes hand in hand with the extension of RDALC CEO, David Wheaton’s contract, providing the opportunity for Mr Flint to capitalise on David’s strong and well-established relationships with key business and industry stakeholders in the region.

Earlier this year, applications were invited for RDALC Board Member positions. In the coming weeks, the new RDALC Board will be selected. As part of a national network bringing together business, government and community leaders to support and broker regional development opportunities in the region, RDALC looks for a diverse membership with knowledge of the economic, social, cultural and environmental opportunities and challenges facing our region.

“We will be selecting our new board and are looking for representatives that are community advocates with a strong understanding of the pillars that drive economic growth for the region,” said Mr Flint.

“I look forward to working alongside Alan to select the RDALC Board for the coming years and achieving strong outcomes for our region,” he said.

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Successful Grant Applications Workshop

May 10, 2021

Limestone Coast businesses are invited to join our upcoming capacity building workshop.

This workshop has been specifically designed to help improve the quality of grant submissions by business managers to attract funding from government and other sources.
It provides a catalyst for further investment to implement critical projects for the benefit of the business and the local economy.
The program is suited to both novice and seasoned grant writers.
The 3-hour practical workshop covers:
-A review of grant application essentials
– Key elements that make a difference in getting your application noticed by review panels
-Aligning funding projects to the application guidelines through the use of tailored checklists
-Developing a succinct project pitch that is easy for grant decision-makers to understand
-Clarifying project value across multiple stakeholders
-Gaining an edge in competitive grant and tender rounds
-How to identify grants in your specific industry across Federal, State & Local Governments
Following the workshop, eligible small business attendees may be offered one on one mentoring with presenter Saindhav Tamhane, Managing Director, Strategic Sight, funded by our Australian Small Business Advisory Services program.
DATE: Monday 24th May 2021
TIME: 9:00am to 12:00pm
COST: Free (morning tea is provided)
LOCATION: RDALC Conference Room, Forestry SA Building, 152 Jubilee Highway, Mount Gambier
Registrations are essential – click here to register.
For further information please connect with Tania Dunduk, Project Manager:
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Visitor Economy Workshop

April 14, 2021

Resetting your marketing in a changing business landscape

Local businesses in the hospitality, tourism and retail sectors are invited to join RDALC for a Visitor Economy Workshop with facilitators Steven Davis from Talked About Marketing and Hayden Zammit from Tourism Accelerator.
Join us on Wednesday 28 April at 8am for a light breakfast, with the workshop running from 8.30am to 10.30am.
This workshop offers information and advice on resetting your marketing in a changing business landscape plus practical tools, tips and tricks to get your promotion on point! Participating businesses will also receive 2 hours of one-on-one mentoring with the facilitators*.

What will the workshop cover?

– Building business resilience through digital marketing and customer experience
– Marketing and promoting your business to visitors through photography and video
– Diversifying and the use of eCommerce systems to increase reach and sales online
– Leveraging the South Australian Tourism Commission campaigns to drive success for your business through marketing, grants and funding

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop has been developed specifically for small businesses involved in the visitor economy. This includes tourism businesses in accommodation, transport, tour operators and attractions, as well as businesses who provide other goods and services to visitors, such as retail and hospitality.

Where do I sign up?

The workshop is free, but you must register to attend as spaces are limited.
Attendance is limited to a maximum of 2 attendees per business.
To be eligible to attend this workshop, businesses must:
– Have an active ABN
– Employ less than 20 employees
– Be “For-profit”
– Located in Limestone Coast, South Australia
*To be eligible for the 2 hours free mentoring, you must not have previously received mentoring under the ASBAS program before
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“Expert Connection” program supporting Small Businesses owners to fast track COVID recovery

April 9, 2021

Small businesses across the Limestone Coast are now engaging professional services free of charge through Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast’s (RDALC) Expert Connection program. Developed in response to the severe impact COVID-19 has had on small businesses across the region, Expert Connection is an expansion of RDALC’s existing small business support program, providing businesses significantly impacted by COVID-19 with free one-on-one, professional advice.

“It’s wonderful to have the program up and running with business owners and operators now accessing our experts’ services,” said Rachael Ashman, Manager, Business and Workforce Development. “We’ve worked hard behind the scenes to secure the services of over a dozen top performing business advisors and now we’re keen to get more local businesses accessing these supports,” she said.

RDALC’s recently appointed Chair, Evan Flint knows too well the impact COVID-19 has had across the region, having recently been part of RDALC’s Regional Roadshows, meeting with local businesses across the region.

“The Roadshow events provided the chance for me to hear firsthand the challenges our local businesses have been experiencing in recent times,” he said. “RDALC have taken this intel on board and are focused on ensuring that the support available through Expert Connection is in line with the needs of our businesses,” he said.

“We are very aware that different businesses have different needs, some people might need to access a qualified bookkeeper, accountant or digital consultant – whereas others may need a HR consultant or a lawyer,” said Ms Ashman. “The importance of doing so in a confidential, tailored and private setting, whereby the conversation can be frank and fearless is key” she said.

The Expert Connection program fully funds up to 3 hours access for participating small businesses. Once eligible participants sign up for Expert Connection, RDALC provide a list of experts who have agreed to assist with the program. The participant then gets to select who they would like to see, make the appointment and meet with them privately.

Small businesses owners and operators that are interested in accessing these services, are encouraged to visit the website or speak directly to Rachael Ashman, Manager, Business and Workforce Development on 0439 848 624 or email

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“Circular Economy” model to be delivered through Green Industries SA and Regional Development partnership

March 12, 2021

Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC) and RDA Murraylands and Riverland (RDAMR) have joined with state government body Green Industries SA (GISA) to drive the creation of a “Circular Economy” blueprint for the two Eastern regions.

A Circular Economy aims to dramatically reduce waste and pollution by reducing the consumption of finite resources, re-using products and materials where possible, and is all driven by renewable energy. It’s about reuse, recycling and responsible manufacturing to enhance the health of communities and the health of the environment.

This will be the first time a model for a regional Circular Economy has been created in Australia and will likely act as a template for other regions to adopt.

Shortly, the call will go out to commercial consultants to submit a tender to create an innovative document that identifies and analyses the needs, opportunities and pathways to a more circular economy. This blueprint will include details of new investment and job opportunities for the regions.

Once the report is generated, GISA and the two RDA’s will focus on getting up activities and projects that align with its vision and recommendations. The partners hope this will drive engagement by industry and governments and inspire strong community involvement.

“The SA Government recognizes that the Circular Economy offers real opportunity to regional communities to build ongoing economic resilience, social value and environmental security. This collaborative and trail-blazing Pilot Project is the first step in assisting RDALC and RDAMR understand those opportunities and develop their own positive pathways towards realizing those shared benefits”, said Andrew Hutcheon from GISA.

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New State Government program to support job seekers and employers in Limestone Coast

February 26, 2021

The Regional Development Australia network across South Australia is working in partnership with the Government of South Australia to help deliver its $4.45 million investment in matching jobs with job seekers.

Through this new initiative, Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC) is actively working on-the-ground to connect the right people with the right jobs in our region. Key industries being targeted under the new initiative include agriculture, tourism and hospitality.

RDALC CEO, David Wheaton said that there are many seasonal, contract and permanent roles available across the region and that the ‘Real Work. Real Experience – Regional Work SA’ initiative was critical to connect job opportunities and the available workforce.

“This initiative will get job seekers back into the workforce to help ease financial pressures; it will support local industry, businesses and employers to achieve their goals; and it will support our region’s economic recovery,” Mr Wheaton says.

“The impacts of COVID-19 are still being felt around the region, including significant shortages in the supply of skilled labour, especially for our agriculture and hospitality sectors,” said Mr Wheaton.

“Ensuring our regional employers have access to a reliable workforce is essential to allow regional businesses and supply chains to continue to function during this time.”

RDALC has welcomed Lance Pedlow and Steve Chapple to the team to deliver the program across the Limestone Coast. In their new roles, Steve and Lance will provide on the ground advisory and coordination services, linking the region’s job vacancies with job seekers.

“By having two dedicated staff working on the program in-region, we can focus on providing personalised support to our businesses” said Mr Wheaton.

Details of financial support for business and individuals is available through the ‘Real Work. Real Experience.’ website. Incentives include up to $6,000 in relocation and travel support for eligible job seekers.

‘Real Work. Real Experience.’ is an initiative of the Government of South Australia, being delivered by the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA), South Australian Tourism Commission, the Department of Innovation and Skills, and the Department of Education, with on-ground support from eight Regional Development Australia bodies across the State.

Employers and job seekers can register their details at or contact RDALC on (08) 8723 1057.

To find out more about the ‘Real Work. Real Experience’ initiative visit


Above from left: Lance Pedlow and Steve Chapple

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RDALC Welcomes Evan Flint as New Chair

January 15, 2021

The Hon. Nola Marino MP and Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC) welcome Mr Evan Flint to the position of Chair of the RDALC Board, which he will hold until to 30 June 2025.

“Mr Flint will lead RDALC under a refreshed Charter that focuses their role on driving investment and local procurement opportunities and through this, creating jobs and economic growth for the Limestone Coast region,” said Assistant Minister Marino.

“I look forward to working with Mr Flint and the RDALC members and staff over the coming years and encourage the community to reach out to their RDA to discuss how it can help business succeed,” she said.

Mr Flint said he was excited by the challenge and opportunities presented with the commencement of a new year.

“All of my work life has been in primary production, and I have also been active in local government and sporting groups. I am keen to continue my contribution to our local area, and to support businesses and organisations to thrive” said Mr Flint. “The opportunity to extend and expand on my experience to support the Limestone Coast community is one that I’m looking forward to immensely,” he said.

“I am conscious that our businesses and industry are still significantly affected by the COVID pandemic,” Mr Flint said. “There is much to be achieved and I am keen for RDALC to maintain a genuine role in supporting local businesses and industry to secure a reliable workforce and build a resilient business community,” he said.

“Our previous chair, Peter Gandolfi brought great experience in small business and local government to the Board and he has left RDALC in a productive and effective position entering into 2021,” said David Wheaton, CEO RDALC.

“I am looking forward to working with Evan on our regional priorities as RDALC continues to develop solutions for economic development in the Limestone Coast,” Mr Wheaton said.

Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC) is part of a national network which brings business, government and community leaders together to support and broker regional development opportunities in the region.

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Are You an Employer with a Current Vacancy?

January 7, 2021

With COVID-19 impacting on the ability of our primary industries to secure workers and with the tourism and hospitality sector struggling filling roles in our region, Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC) have partnered with the State Government on the Regional Work SA – Real Work, Real Experience initiative to bring workers and employers together to support our regions.

As a part of this new regional work program, RDALC will provide on the ground advisory and coordination services to link vacancies and jobseekers, helping to meet the needs of our seasonal and regional employers. To find out more about the Regional Work SA initiative, please visit the website.

In order to support our thriving businesses and primary producers to get the best people for the job, RDALC maintain an online regional Job Board, which is now being accessed by hundreds of students and job seekers interested in working across the Limestone Coast. We want to make sure that your vacant positions are advertised widely and encourage you to reach out to us with the details of any vacancies. Check out our Job Board here.

If you would like to promote your vacancy on our Job Board, please email with your details and the details of your vacancy, and we will get back to you. If you would like to discuss any workforce issues or concerns, please call Rachael Ashman, Manager Business and Workforce Development on 8723 1057 or 0439 848 624.

To find out more about the Regional Work SA program – visit our dedicated page here.

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New Year, New Job?

January 7, 2021

Interested in joining a great team? We are hiring!

Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC) is partnering with the State Government on a new regionalwork program that will help meet the needs of our seasonal and regional employers.

The program will provide on the ground advisory and coordination services to link employment opportunities and jobseekers.

Our aim is to help our regional businesses tackle their workforce issues, and we are kicking off by getting the right people on our team to make this happen.

We are looking for a Regional Workforce Coordinator to oversee the successful delivery of the program as well as a Project Support Officer to help guide the project over the next 6 months. Both roles are full time (flexible working hours encouraged and considered) for approximately 6 months. It’s going to be a busy 6 months, but we think you will get a whole lot out of the experience.

We are a family-friendly, flexible workplace that supports business growth and regional economic development across the Limestone Coast. We are looking for enthusiastic, committed and highly skilled people to join our team to deliver this new, exciting project.

For more information about the roles please refer to the Position Descriptions:

Regional Workforce Coordinator Position Description

Project Support Officer Position Description

Please read the Applicant Guidelines for more information about what to include in your application.

For a confidential discussion about the roles, please call Rachael Ashman on 08 8723 1057 or email

Applications close on 22 January 2021.

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