Developing an eyre of prosperity

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula(RDAWEP) is the lead agency for driving economic, business and tourism development in the Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula region.

The RDAWEP mission is to facilitate the achievement of sustainable development outcomes and promote the region as a quality destination to live, work, invest and visit.

RDAWEP is part of a national network of 55 regional development agencies established by the Australian Government in 2009.

RDAWEP was formed from the amalgamation of the Eyre Regional Development Board and Whyalla Economic Development Board. These boards have a proven reputation of driving economic development in their communities over two decades. This experience, along with ongoing collection of local intelligence, provides RDAWEP with substantial capability to facilitate the strategic development of the region into the future.

RDAWEP is an incorporated association operating as an independent autonomous body. The Board is comprised of high profile local people representing business, industry, education, Local Government, natural resources and the community, with members selected for their experience and relevant skills. The Board is supported by a staff team with extensive government and private sector experience in economic and community development.

RDAWEP is funded through a cooperative arrangement with the Australian Government, South Australian Government, and the region’s 11 Local Government Authorities (LGAs). The LGAs are:

The City of Whyalla and City of Port Lincoln; and the District Councils of Ceduna, Cleve, Elliston, Franklin Harbour, Kimba, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Streaky Bay, Tumby Bay and Wudinna.

While the three levels of government provide the core funding for RDAWEP operations, the Board has an enviable record of leveraging funding from a range of government programs and private sector sources to deliver major projects for the benefit of the region.

Since 2012, the Board has attracted funding for priority projects in excess of $42 million from government and private sector sources.

To find out more about the Regional Development Australia network, visit the national Regional Development Australia website at