Regional Development Board ~ Newsletter
the Chief Executive Officer
Welcome to another edition of the
Yorke Regional Development Board’s newsletter Development
Brief. As the Board moves closer to entry into its next
5 year Resource Agreement with its State and Local Government
funding partners I am pleased to announce in conjunction
with the Southern Flinders Regional Development Board and
the Mid North Regional Development Board we have received
Grants totaling $170 000 to run projects relating to Climate
Change and Worker Attraction and Retention. Coupled with
this the Board is seeking further funds having contributed
$30 000 to run a project on Water proofing the Yorke Region.
Helene Parker, after 10 years invaluable service is leaving
for greener pastures and whilst this is a great loss for
the Board, I welcome Heather Keane as her replacement. Heather
is looking forward to the next 5 years as the Board continues
working on Regional Development.
Chief Executive Officer
** NEW OFFICE LOCATION AND PHONE NUMBER **
Please note that
the YRDB has relocated its main office to Kadina and are
now situated at 31 Hallett Street, Kadina (old YPE office)
NEW Phone Number: 8821 1099 and Fax Number: 8821 1094 Postal
PO BOX 102 Kadina SA 5554
Regional prosperity Conference
The Regional Prosperity Conference will be held at the Playford Civic Centre,
10 Playford Boulevard, Elizabeth on Wednesday 2nd July 2008. This conference focuses on the North of Adelaide including many business
opportunities within the Yorke Board Area. Key Note Address
by David Koch. For further information check out the website www.regionalprosperity.com.au
Outback Connect— Free
Would you like to access FREE computer
training and support from the comfort of your own home?
Check out the website above for further
information and class timetables.
Regional Development South Australia
Conference 3—5 September 2008
2008 Regional Development SA Conference will be held in
Coober Pedy on the 4th and 5th September, preceded by an
Opening night under the stars in the iconic town of William
Creek on the 3rd September.
Themed sessions will include:
• Regions Mining the Boom
• Growing Regional Economics through Infrastructure
• Essential Tools for Regional Development Personnel.
A full program will be made available soon.
For further details please contact the Yorke Regional Development
Board on 8821 1099.
SA Works in the Yorke Region
The YRDB manages the Yorke Region Employment and Skills Formation (ESF) Network
which runs SA Works projects in the Yorke region. The network has a vision to improve work and learning
opportunities that supports the economy and communities within
the Yorke Region and to ensure our activities promote understanding
and respect for individual needs and community differences.
The SA Works projects managed the ESF Network assist to train
people who generally fall between the gaps of other training
were held during 2007/08. A selection of
the projects include:
- Work to Work –this project is run in the Yorke Peninsula by the District Council of
the Copper Coast and in the Adelaide Plains
by Employment Directions. The project offers
individual case management assistance to
participants and offers tailored training
in a group orindividual environment.
- Community Services – this project will assist 15 people to gain their Certificate III in
Community Services through a recognised prior learning
process. Many people working in the aged care and disability
sectors are required to have Certificate three in Community
Services and without this training they will no longer
have a job.
- Hospitality – The Yorke Local Community Partnership was funded to provide Certificate
I in Hospitality Kitchen Operations in Maitland and Kadina.
15 Students from Kadina Graduated on Monday, 10 December
08 and 14 students from Maitland graduated on Friday, 14
December 08. The students prepared and served meals for
guests at the graduation.
- Multicultural Forum – In conjunction with the Wakefield Spoke Network a multicultural forum
was held at Port Wakefield in March.
- Food Processing - This program aims to assist people into jobs within the Food processing and
horticulture industries. The program provides generic training
in food processing, pre-employment skills, customer service
and OHS&W. It is envisaged that providing these general
skills will allow opportunities for employment within organisations
such as D’Vine Ripe, ABB Grain and Prime Valley Pastoral.
- Business Ticket to Training – This project provides funding to allow businesses to train/upskill people
to increase employment opportunities. Training provided
must result in new employment or increased work hours.
- Mapping of Indigenous Services -The aim of the mapping of Indigenous services project was to gather updated
information to assist with Indigenous services for Indigenous
groups and groups who provide services to indigenous people.
The project has been completed and the document is currently
being indexed and will be
- available shortly on the ESF Network section of the YRDB website http://www.yorkeregion.com.au/ SAworks.html.
The next ESF Network meeting will be held Wednesday August 20th from 10.30am-12.30pm
at 51 Robert Street Maitland. Interested people are welcome
to attend. Please contact Bridget Sara on 8862 0832 for more
information about the ESF Network and its projects.
and Engaging Generation Y
The Yorke Local Community Partnership
in conjunction with the Yorke Regional Development Board
presented Michael McQueen from Nexgen Impact in Kadina on
June 3rd and in Minlaton on June 4th.
Michael explored Generation Y's paradigm when it comes to patience,
respect, communication, loyalty and work ethic. Michael provided
a revealing and humorous look at how this younger generation
approach and view the world in a very different way to their
Mr McQueen explained that the four key strategies to
engage Generation Y at work are:
Put relationships before roles – Gen Y are loyal to
people not organisations.
2. Focus on outcomes not the process – Gen
are very good at identifying simpler and quicker processes
that achieve the same outcomes.
3. Adopt a facilitator role – Ask questions and take
a genuine interests in Gen Y’s life outside of work.
4. Provide regular positive feedback – Praise them
when they do something right!
more information about Generation Y visit Michael’s
2008 Adelaide Plains Cup Festival a Roaring Success!
The 2008 Adelaide Plains Cup Festival (APCF) was a huge success with over 7000
people attending the 25 events held across the Adelaide Plains
from Virginia to Snowtown. This was an increase of 20% from
2007 attendance figures which can be attributed to the growing
acceptance of the APCF as an annual regional event.
Approximately 50% of people surveyed identified themselves as living outside
of the Adelaide Plains region. 87% of respondents rated the
event they attended as a 4 or a 5, with five being the highest
score and 99% of people said they would attend the event
again if it was held in 2009. All event organizers responded
positively about their event. Planning is already underway
for the 2009 Adelaide Plains Cup Festival which will be held
on Friday 27th February, Saturday 28th February and Sunday 1st March 2009.
The theme of the festival will be ‘track and trails’.
The idea came about as it links with many features of the
Adelaide Plains – the Mallala Motorsport Park racing
track, the Balaklava Racing Club horse track, a winery and
olive grove cellar door trail, a potential self drive or
bus art trail through the region and the Heartland and Heritage
trail to name a few.
Tax office offers SME site visits on request
The ATO is offering to visit
SME owners to explain tax and superannuation matters
and help “resolve issues” under a new outreach
program. Under the Small Business Assistance Program,
tax officers will visit business owners at their own
premises or a preferred location anywhere in Australia.
service will help new and existing businesses register
for an ABN and GST, understand employer obligations,
including PAYG tax instalments, fringe benefits tax,
and superannuation guarantee. Officers will explain
how to use ATO services for SMEs, including the Business
Portal, record-keeping software and publications and
For information contact the ATO
on 13 28 66.
The Wakefield Spoke Network staged the first of their regional forums for 2008
for the Gawler, Barossa, Lower North and Yorke Regions on
the topic of multi cultural awareness on the 19th March 2008
at the Port Wakefield Sports and Community Centre.
Representatives from the following State organisations made presentations on
the day, SA Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs, Multi Cultural
SA, Multicultural Aged Care and the Migrant Resource Centre
along with the State Government’s
Population and Migration Division.
The forum allowed for case studies to be discussed and interaction via workshops,
both were designed to provide the region with an understanding
of the need for varying approaches to cultural awareness.
The three main topics of the day included:
and its targets:
The South Australian Strategic Plan, population
targets, skilled migrants and refugee programs of the South
2.Creating a positive response for migration:
How to build
harmonious and migrant friendly communities to attract and
retain long-term migrants.
3.Health and community service impacts:
Programs and requirements
by Non Government and Government organisations to prepare for
new migrants, including such issues as ageing.
For a copy of the forum’s report contact the YRDB.
Career & Employment Expo—Sydney
South Australian public and private sector organizations joined forces recently
to promote their job opportunities at the National Careers
and Employment Expo held in Sydney on the 9th and 10th May.
The Yorke and Mid North regions were showcased through the
South Australia, Make the Move campaign.
The South Australian
stand promoted the wide range of job opportunities being
created by the $45 billion worth of new developments either
proposed or under way. South Australia was the prime exhibitor
at both the Sydney and Melbourne expos, which in previous
years has attracted over 30 000 visitors.
Workshops and Business Seminars Upcoming events
SA Great Regional Awards
The SA Great Regional Awards have opened for 2008, the awards recognise and
celebrate those individuals, businesses, organisations
and communities who, over the past year, have made
a significant contribution to regional pride in South
Australia. Don’t miss this free marketing opportunity
for your businesses and organisations www.sagreat.com.au
There are many opportunities for your Communities for Funding see attached web
www.grantslink.gov.au www.grants.ord.sa.gov.au www.service.sa.gov.au www.ourcommunity.com.au
Regional Migration Program—Skilled
The Yorke Regional Development Board is committed to training and developing
our local workforce, but recognise that there are times when
a business requires experienced staff to fill a vacancy.
If your business has not been able to fill a skilled position through the local
labour market, then you may be able to access skilled workers
from overseas through special migration schemes.
The State and Federal Governments together have targeted migration programs which are aimed at addressing regional labour shortages and generally target migrants who:
-are under 45,
-are suitably skilled and
-have good English skills.
The YRDB’s Regional Migration Officer can provide information and basic
assistance to help businesses to access these programs.
PERMANENT AND TEMPORARY OPTIONS
Your business may be able to sponsor a skilled worker from overseas for permanent
residence. This will require the migrant to remain with your
business on a fulltime basis for two years.
If a shorter arrangement would suit, your business may be able to sponsor a
skilled worker from overseas for temporary residence for
any period between three months and four years. This will
require the migrant to be employed by your business on a
fulltime basis during the sponsorship period. For further
information contact the Yorke Regional Development Board
on 8821 1099 or email email@example.com
Yorke Regional Development Board
31 Hallett Street, Kadina
08 8821 1099 (p) 08 8821 1094
The information contained in this newsletter is for guidance
only. Action or lack of action should not be based on this
information. Take appropriate professional advice on your
circumstances because laws and regulations affecting you
are affected by your
circumstances and change frequently. Yorke Regional Development
Board Incorporated disclaims all responsibility for all consequences
of anyone acting on,
or refraining from acting on, information contained in this