October 11, 2018

Are you Interested in Becoming a Board Member of Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast?

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

Applications for Committee Member positions are sought from highly motivated and experienced people who are knowledgeable about the economic strengths and challenges of the region. 

For more information please phone CEO David Wheaton on (07) 8723 1057 or email Renee Palmer, Manager Corporate Services

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 31st October 2018.

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Disability Workforce Hub Delivers Successful Training

September 28, 2018

The Disability Workforce Hub supported 60 support workers, disability students, trainers and SSO’s to undertake professional development this week.

Delivered by Lexie Dryden from Autism SA the training gave participants practical information to assist children on the Autism spectrum. The session covered a range of topics including how to develop relationships, manage stress and anxiety, enhance social cognition and address bullying and increase self-esteem. Hub Coordinator Melissa Hunter said “The response to the training was amazing, with both sessions selling out. This was a fantastic opportunity for professional development in an area where there is a large need in the region. I was very happy to be able to coordinate the event and appreciative that Autism SA were so willing come to the Limestone Coast to share their knowledge and expertise”.

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RAI – Regional Competitiveness Index Tool

September 12, 2018

Regional Australia Institute recently released it’s Regional Competitiveness Index Tool – Insight. The online interactive map provides snapshots of the competitiveness of Regional Development Australia Regions and Local Government Areas by presenting data and ranking around a range of themes. The Limestone Coast ranks number one across Australia in natural resources, a clear competitive advantage for the region that can support diverse investment opportunities.


To access the Index Tool, click below 

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The future of TAFE SA

September 11, 2018

RDALC supports the need for TAFE SA to continue to perform its role with appropriate levels of resourcing to ensure quality provision and reasonable choices for learners.  CEO, David Wheaton, has welcomed two significant reviews of TAFE SA which have been tabled in the Parliament of South Australia.  The first, Quality Review of TAFE SA, makes recommendations to ensure the quality, sustainability and reputation of the state’s public VET provider.  The second, TAFE SA Strategic Capability Review, calls for strong leadership to implement reform that will rebuild the capability of the organisation’s operations.

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Timberlink Investment

September 7, 2018

This week we welcomed the news that Timber Processor Timberlink, with a Sawmill located in Tarpeena, will be investing $100 million in its Australian sawmills over the next 3 years. Improvements to the Tarpeena mill include updating the sawmill with all of the latest, leading-edge technologies. The new investment will create significant jobs and economic activity through the construction phase and ongoing. The investment shows a continued confidence in the forestry sector, a key industry in the Limestone Coast region.

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Meet the Minister

August 31, 2018


On Friday 24th August, Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast in partnership with Limestone Coast Local Government Association and the South Australian Tourism Industry Council hosted Minister David Ridgeway – Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment in the region.

Information sessions focussed on Tourism were held in Mount Gambier and Naracoorte with a very good turnout at both. There were presentations from Minister Ridgeway, the South Australian Tourism Commission, Limestone Coast Local Government Association and the South Australian Tourism Industry Council.

Regional Development Australia – Limestone Coast CEO, David Wheaton sat on a Discussion Panel with Minister Ridgeway to respond to questions from the tourism industry about the opportunities, barriers and direction of tourism in the Limestone Coast.

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Regional growth areas outlined by CEO

August 30, 2018

RDALC CEO, David Wheaton, outlined five key areas for regional development at the Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce AGM on Wednesday morning.

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National Forum

August 23, 2018

RDA Limestone Coast board members Peter Gandolfi and Alan Richardson attended a National Forum in Canberra recently. RDALC  CEO, David Wheaton,  also attended the forum and gave a presentation about work undertaken to establish a new planning framework in the region.  

‘There was considerable interest in the collaborative work we have been doing with the Limestone Coast Local Government Association to develop a Regional Growth Plan, Infrastructure Audit and Investment prospectus,” Mr Wheaton said.

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Bio Energy Survey

August 17, 2018

Did you know The Limestone Coast is considered a Bioenergy hotspot in South Australia? In 2015 Renewables SA commissioned a study to analyse South Australia’s bioenergy potential and identified the Limestone Coast as one of the State’s hotspots.

In 2016 Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast partnered with AusIndustry, Green Industries SA and Renewables SA to hold two events around Bioenergy in the region. RDALC is now proposing to hold a follow up event this year and are seeking input from the region on the content and format of the event.

We would greatly appreciate you taking the time to fill in this short survey.


The survey will be open until the 29th of August, thank you in advance for your engagement.

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Disability Support Workers in demand across the Limestone Coast

August 17, 2018

Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast’s Disability Workforce Hub has been getting out and about in the region promoting working in the disability sector. A big thank you to the Mount Gambier Market Place and Millicent Library for recently hosting the Hub and Mission Australia Pop Ups. If you would like to see us in your area please let us know.
There is still a big demand for support workers in the disability sector across the Limestone Coast. If you are interested in a career change or know someone who you think would be a great support for a person living with disability then please contact Melissa Hunter at or 8723 1057 .

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