The RDAWEP region encompasses 230,000km² of land in the far west of South Australia; comprising about 23% of the State.
This vast and unspoilt sector of South Australia is bound by Spencer Gulf in the east and has about 2,000 kilometres of coastline to the Western Australian border.
Eyre Peninsula is triangular in shape, bound at its corners by the larger population centres of Whyalla, Port Lincoln and Ceduna.
The region has eleven Local Government Authorities (LGAs) which are:
- The City of Whyalla
- City of Port Lincoln
- District Council of Ceduna
- District Council of Cleve
- District Council of Elliston
- District Council of Franklin Harbour
- District Council of Kimba
- District Council of Lower Eyre Peninsula
- District Council of Streaky Bay
- District Council of Tumby Bay
- Wudinna District Council
The region includes remote unincorporated areas serviced by the Outback Communities Authority.
In 2014, the region had a population of 57,798 people, or about 3.5% of the South Australian population. Most of the population (65% or 37,642 people) live in the regional cities of Whyalla and Port Lincoln.
The region is very productive, generating Gross Regional Product in 2014 of $4.195 billion. The region produces 82% of South Australia’s seafood; 45% of the State’s iron and steel manufacturing; and 40% of the State’s wheat crop.
The regional economy is extremely diverse, however the industry composition is changing. Based on employment generation, the main industries in 2013-14 were health and community services, manufacturing, agriculture, retail trade, construction, education and training, and mining. Tourism and mining are the region’s fastest emerging industries and have significant potential for future growth.
Diversity is one of the region’s greatest attributes and underpins its comparative advantage and competitiveness. Industrial diversity is important for economic growth and sustainability because it gives the region resilience through not being reliant on a single industry or single product for its prosperity.
In recent years, quality product has emerged as a distinctive regional attribute. The Board has consequently adopted ‘Quality’ as the vision for the region.
The region has high quality mineral resources in magnetite, graphite, kaolin and zircon. The future development of these resources is important for pursuing a sustainable economy and the creation of employment opportunities.
For further information about our region, download the Regional Profile 2014 – 16, September 2014.