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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Join the RDALC Board

January 7, 2021

Applications are invited for Deputy Chair and Board Member positions

Make a difference in your region


Would you like to give back to your community? Are you interested in leading or contributing to a Board of motivated locals who will focus on driving economic development in our region?

Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC) is seeking regional leaders with vision, drive and business experience who can facilitate economic development opportunities and investment for our regional communities and create jobs and growth.

As a part of the RDALC Board you will help enable consultation between business, industry and all levels of government and develop solutions for regional economic development.

Applications for Deputy Chair and Board Member positions are sought from highly motivated and experienced people with an understanding of the economic strengths and challenges of the region.


To find out more about this opportunity, please read:

Applicant Information Pack – Board Member

Applicant Information Pack – Deputy Chair


To apply, please complete the relevant application form:

Application Form – Board Member

Application Form – Deputy Chair


For further information, please phone CEO David Wheaton on (08) 8723 1057 or email Glenda McInerney, Manager Finance and Administration

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 26 February, 2021.

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Building Better Regions Fund Round 5

December 23, 2020

The Australian government has announced $200M ($100M for tourism related infrastructure projects) as Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) to support the creation of jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. The funding aims to encourage more Australians to travel and experience a home-grown holiday, boosting regional jobs and local economies.


BBRF Round 5 will be delivered like the previous four rounds, with Infrastructure Project and Community Investment streams. Grant Opportunity Guidelines have now been released and can be found on our Funding Opportunities page and on the Building Better Regions Fund website.


The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports investment ready projects that provide economic and social benefits for regional and remote areas. Projects can include construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure. 


The Community Investments Stream supports new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans or leadership and capability strengthening activities that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. 


Applications for Round 5 open on 12 January 2021 and close on 5 March 2021. Find out more on our funding page here


For regional project support including economic impact analysis and letters of support, contact Lyn Howes, RDALC Manager Investment and Infrastructure via email or call 8723 1057. 

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Bioenergy Connect

November 29, 2020

About the Bioenergy Roadmap

In 2015 the South Australian Government undertook a Biooenergy Roadmap for the State. It outlines the opportunity biomass presents to businesses to achieve economic growth. While the industry was worth approximately $0.5B to Australia at the time of the study, the potential for significant growth was considered high.

Bioenergy can reduce a business’ cost of doing business, reduce carbon emissions and produce secondary income streams.

Following the 2015 study, the Government of South Australia established the Bioenergy Roadmap Program. The Program is administered by RDALC and helps businesses and industry groups to identify and develop bioenergy projects.

The Bioenergy Connect Program

To assist in accelerating development of bioenergy projects in South Australia, a prefeasibility fund (Bioenergy Connect) was established. It is open to businesses operating in the state and is aimed at enabling the development of bioenergy infrastructure projects across the state.

Bioenergy Connect, is a $22,500 program.

Through Bioenergy Connect, successful applicants are allocated a bioenergy mentor to guide them through the conceptual stage of developing a project and help estimate the benefits of the bioenergy technology to the business. The resultant pre-feasibility report will define the value proposition for the applicant.

To date,  the Program has supported 31 pre-feasibility studies across the state, with a further 6 progressing to full feasibility.


To complement the program and to encourage other local businesses to think about their own bioenergy potential, RDALC has developed the “Realising Our Biomass Potential” video. Watch the video here to learn more about how your business can capitalise by using bioenergy.


To learn more about the Bioenergy Connect Program, read the following:

Bioenergy Connect Program Flyer

Program Guidelines


To discuss your project idea, find out more about the Bioenergy Connect Program or to talk about Bioenergy opportunities in the Limestone Coast, please contact: 

Lyn Howes,

Manager, Investment Attraction and Infrastructure

Email:  |  Phone: (08) 8723 1057

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RDALC launches “Expert Connection” program for Small Businesses navigating through COVID recovery

July 31, 2020

Small businesses across the Limestone Coast are invited to complete a short survey that will assist in the development of a new small business support program called ‘Expert Connection’. Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC) are developing this new initiative 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 one-on-one business support program and will provide small businesses significantly impacted by COVID-19 with free expert, professional advice.

“Through the one-on-one work we currently do with small businesses, we know how devastating COVID-19 has been across our region and we know that this pandemic has thrown up a lot of hard questions that we can’t always answer” said Rachael Ashman, Manager, Business and Workforce Development. “We have also heard from many small business owners and operators that they simply cannot afford to pay for professional advice at this time”.

“We want our small businesses to have all the support they can while they are trying to operate in such an uncertain environment, especially when the disruption is far from over. To make sure that we connect our small businesses to the right experts, we are asking owners and operators across the region to complete our survey, to tell us what they really need” said Ms Ashman. “This might be access to a qualified bookkeeper, accountant or digital consultant – someone to answer the technical questions and provide advice that will give some of our small businesses answers to those hard questions” she said.

Once RDALC have gathered the survey feedback, the program will be finalised and the delivery of free expert, professional advice will commence to those small business owners and operators in need.

This expert, professional advice and support will be free as RDALC will fully fund up to 3 hours access for participating small businesses. Businesses interested in participating in the program will be able to express their interest once the program is finalised.

If you would like to know more about our existing Small Business Support, please contact Rachael Ashman, Manager, Business and Workforce Development on 0439 848 624 or email

To complete the survey, please click here.

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Rail could save more than $15m a year in local freight costs

March 12, 2020

Reinstatement of a freight rail service between Mount Gambier and Heywood could benefit local business by as much as $15.6 million annually according to a report released today by Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC).

Commissioned by RDALC, the report was undertaken by CSIRO which used modelling to map the region’s freight task and supply chains for major commodities including timber, livestock, dairy products and crops.

RDALC Chair, Peter Gandolfi said the report showed that reinstating the rail line along the currently unused rail corridor from the eastern outskirts of Mount Gambier to link into the existing rail services at Heywood would open the door for products from this region to more efficiently reach major Australian markets and ports.

“This report has critically analysed the volume, variety and movement of the commodities in our region so we can understand our region’s freight demand and supply chains and the opportunity for rail in the Limestone Coast,” RDALC Chair Peter Gandolfi said.

 “This analysis estimated road and rail transport costs for major commodities moving across and out of our region. Crucial to the process was identifying where potential savings can be made through reinstating rail for current and future freight demands.

“The report has revealed that for the commodities included in this study, approximately 527,000 truck movements use at least part of the Limestone Coast region’s transport network. Of these about 476,000 movements originate in or are destined for the region,” said Mr Gandolfi. 

Mr Gandolfi said not only does the report identify direct freight savings for local businesses, it also indicates other economic and social benefits if a rail freight service was reinstated. 

“A further $1.5 million in savings each year has been identified through reduced road maintenance and avoided accidents,” Mr Gandolfi said.

The RDALC has conservatively estimated that an investment of between $120 and $150 million to reinvigorate the line between Mount Gambier and Heywood would offer a return on investment within nine years. The investment would also include establishing a freight depot (intermodal) on the eastern outskirts of Mount Gambier from where the rail would be re-instated along the existing corridor to Heywood.

The reinstatement of the line between Mount Gambier and Wolseley was evaluated by CSIRO but was found to have a very low economic benefit to the region and incur a much greater cost to reinstate than the Heywood line.

“With our economic prosperity in this region being directly linked to market access, the cost of transporting our product to market is critical,” Mr Gandolfi said. “This report has provided an analysis of total and per tonne transport costs and potential transport cost reduction by commodity and mode of transport, which means decision makers now have clear information to make investment decisions on infrastructure needs.

“The next step is to work with governments to undertake a full engineering assessment and cost analysis for the reinstatement of the rail line between Mount Gambier and Heywood,” Mr Gandolfi said.    

The report, ‘Rail corridor and freight analysis for the Limestone Coast and South West Victoria – Application of TraNSIT’, is available below or by contacting the office via email


TraNSIT Limestone Coast Final Report 

TraNSIT Limestone Coast Factsheet


For further enquiries contact:

Peter Gandolfi

Chair, RDALC

T: 0419 155 447

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Limestone Coast Prospectus of Priorities

December 13, 2019

Priorities to enable our region towards 7750 jobs

In 2018 the region undertook a process of coming together to explore its investment potential and look at where strategic investment needs to occur to build and enable further investment. The project was underpinned by a Regional Infrastructure Audit.

Strategic infrastructure that underpins the efficient movement of ideas, data, energy, people and goods is critical to the Limestone Coast regions ability to compete in a global market and tap unrealise economic development opportunities.

This document showcases the assets of the Limestone Coast region and outlines a series of priority areas and actions that leverage our competitive advantages. These projects have been identified by the region as paramount to encouraging economic growth to ensure a prosperous future for our businesses and communities.

Download Limestone Coast Prospectus of Priorities here

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