Regional Development Australia Goldfields Esperance - Business Growth Program in Kalgoorlie late August through September 2017
RDA Goldfields Esperance invites you to apply for the Business Growth Program being run in Kalgoorlie-Boulder at the end of August and through September 2017. This dynamic program has been developed in partnership with Curtin University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship to give participants a practical toolkit of skills to maximise their business potential through fostering innovation and developing strategies for growth.
As a local business owner, you will benefit from the expertise of Curtin University trainers right here in the Goldfields giving you strategies to grow and enrich your business.
The series of four workshops will be run each Tuesday from 5-9pm in Kalgoorlie, covering:
- Tuesday 29 August – Your business strategy
- Tuesday 5 September – Your business systems
- Tuesday 12 September – Picking the right people
- Tuesday 19 September – Understanding your finances
The program is worth over $3000 however, with the RDAGE subsidy, it will cost only $350 for all four workshops.
Words from a previous Goldfields program participant:
In short, I don’t believe either of us would still be in business had we not participated in the Growth program. It fundamentally and profoundly changed the way we thought about our businesses, operated our businesses and promoted our businesses through a period of very tough and rapidly changing trading conditions. We are eternally grateful for the opportunities the Growth program and the subsequent Syndicates program have given us – Paul Browning
For more information and to apply, please see the Business Growth Program Flyer and Application Form here.
Travel subsidies are available for people within the region outside of Kalgoorlie - for more information contact: Executive Management, Regional Development Australia Goldfields Esperance, P 0417 959 458, E email@example.com, A 171 Piccadilly Street, PO Box 10331, Kalgoorlie WA 6430
Esperance Anglican Spring Wildflower Festival 12-16 September 2017
Just sharing early notice for the Esperance Anglican Spring Wildflower Festival 'Saltlakes - Their Web of Life'' that will be held on Tuesday 12th to Saturday 16th September 2017 from 9am – 4.30pm at the Esperance Anglican Parish Centre (Corner Windich & Andrew St).
Cost of Entry is a Gold Coin Donation.
There will be:...
- Identified Wildflowers
- Photographic Exhibition
- Market Stalls
- Student Art Exhibition
- Local Music Groups
- Local Artists
- Refreshments & Lunches
- School Groups Free
Certainly an event to look forward to - please see the event flyer here.
The 2017 Men’s Shed Conference will be held on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September 2017 in Merredin.
Please click here to see the Conference Poster. This is an opportunity to find out more about how Men’s Sheds can make a valuable contribution to their community. You are encouraged to attend and perhaps your Council may support members of the Men’s Sheds in your community to attend.
The conference will be held at the Leisure Centre. It will commence with a light lunch at 12.00noon on Saturday, followed by a business session commencing at 1.00pm.
A dinner will be held on Saturday night at the Cummins Theatre. The maximum capacity is 200. A business session will be conducted from 9.00am to 12.00 noon on Sunday, followed by a sausage sizzle at the Shed. A sundowner will be held at the Merredin Bowling Club on Friday 1 September for those who are in town early, with participants buying their own drinks and meals.
The conference will be held during the wildflower season and follows the Dowerin Machinery Field Days on Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 August 2017. Why not take this opportunity to spend a few days looking around the district? Sunday will be promoted as the biggest Father’s Day party in WA.
Registrations will open shortly. An application has been made to Lotterywest to provide support for members of Sheds to attend.
Please click here for a Merredin Accommodation Guide which covers Caravan Park catering for caravans, tents, budget and luxury accommodation, Hotels, Motels, Bed and Breakfast and Self Contained accommodation. Should you be planning on attending it is important you book your accommodation as soon as possible as currently construction work is being done on the hospital and accommodation is in demand.
Shire of Esperance - Waste Revolution Workshop - Wednesday 26 July 2017
The Shire of Esperance invite you to attend a Waste Management Community Workshop being held on the 26th July to determine how we can all work together to avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle waste in our community.
A Draft Community Waste Strategy is included here for your information and will be open for discussion at the workshop.
Additional topics for discussion will include community targets for Waste Reduction, priorities for Esperance and what we can do as individuals and as a community.
Please share this information with anyone who would like to be involved and has some great ideas about how we can have a Waste Revolution in Esperance.
For Catering purposes please RSVP by Monday 24th July via the email on the Workshop Flyer here. Thank You
Shalom House Information Session in Esperance Thursday 1 July 2017
Shalom House is a men's residential rehabilitation centre located in the heart of the Swan Valley in Perth Western Australia. It focuses on bringing restoration to the lives of drug affected men and families. The program currently caters for up to 85 men, including their partners and children.
Scherie Fowler has formed a committee of women in Esperance whose lives have been affected by drug use. This committee has been successful in securing Shalom Founder, Peter Lyndon-James and two of his staff to host an information session which will be held in Esperance on Thursday 1 July 2017. Please click here for more information.
Transafe WA will hold their 13th Road Transport Industry Safety Forum in Esperance on Friday 30 June, 2017.
This event will be invaluable for anyone involved with heavy vehicle transport in the region. And it’s FREE to attend.
If that’s not you but you know someone involved in road transport in the Esperance region, then please share this information with them.
Forum sessions will include:
- Local police setting the scene on heavy vehicle movements and road user behaviour
- Heavy vehicle rollovers
- Load restraint
- The latest on drug and alcohol testing and reasonable suspicion
- Main Roads HVS on Roadworthiness, Accreditation and regional issues
- Main Roads on Compliance and Enforcement
- Dangerous goods transport
- Open discussion
“Exceptional – it’s a ‘must attend’ in my calendar. You provide a great service to the transport industry.” – Previous forum participant
Transafe WA’s 13th Road Transport Industry Safety Forum
Date: Friday 30th June, 2017
Times: 8.00am sharp until 2pm (includes morning tea and lunch)
Venue: The Cliffs Room, Esperance Bay Yacht Club, The Esplanade, Esperance
Registration must be completed to reserve a place by following this link.
Transafe WA would be grateful for your assistance in spreading the word. Please share this information with any staff, colleagues or clients that you think would be interested in attending.
CEO Sleepout for Homelessness Thursday 22 June 2017
On the 22nd of June, one of our Corporate Sponsors: Vladimir Guiris from G2IT will rise to the challenge of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout to raise awareness and much needed funds for people experiencing homelessness.
Did you know that over 105 000 Aussies find themselves homeless each night. Vladimir did the CEO Sleepout in 2016 and has again decided to do something about homelessness so he has risen to the challenge of taking part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout 2017.
For more information or to make a donation visit:
Food Sensations Workshops at Forage Cannery Kitchen Garden 1 & 29 June 2017
Please click here for more information about the Adult Food Sensations Workshops that will be held at Forage Cannery Kitchen Garden next door to the Cannery Arts Centre.
These workshops are a great way to learn about nutrition and practical cooking skills. Both sessions will be held in June on the 1st & 29th and both sessions must be attended. The workshops are FREE and all community people are welcome.
Please feel welcome to spread the word - Thank You
Mental Wellness for Grain Growers and their Community Information Session on Wednesday 28 June 2017.
We recognise that farm owners play a pivotal role in fostering the wellbeing of their workers through the behaviours they model, and their ability to observe and act when they notice that workers are struggling. They also play a key role in successfully integrating workers back into work after a period of sickness absence.
This free, practically focussed, interactive, face to face workshop will be delivered by an experienced clinician and include case studies and contextualised activities created in consultation with CBH Group. Please see the flyer here.
The session is designed to suit the needs of farm businesses including farm managers and staff, local business owners, managers, supervisors, team leaders, community leaders, and those who are interested in taking the first step towards promoting mental wellness in their workplace.
Tea, coffee and morning tea will be provided.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 21st June.
Regional Development Australia Goldfields Women's Leadership Forum
The awesome RDA Goldfields Women’s Leadership Forum is happening in Kalgoorlie on Saturday the 27th of May. The inaugural event was held last year and in terms of information sharing, the standard of all the speakers and the high level of quality networking – the whole day was brilliant. This year the program yet again looks terrific with Jessica Rowe as the Keynote – wow!
You might want to attend and we encourage you to share this with your networks. More information on the event is included below and to see the program click here. Please get in touch with the KBCCI via their web links below or directly with the event coordinator if you have any questions.
Key reasons for running the event are:
- Celebrating all the women leaders and business owners in the community
- Inspire other women in the community – they can do it!
- Encourage younger women to back themselves
What women will take away from the event:
- Developing leadership capabilities
- Encourage career progression
- Lead from the top – the women speaking are leaders in the community, they are there to give insight on how they have done/doing it
- Assist women to more effectively manage challenges and realise everyone has experienced challenges in their career
- Making it in your own business – the highs and lows of running a business
- Women supporting women – the Goldfields Esperance region is already a diverse region with many women already in leadership roles. By highlighting this it will encourage other to do the same.
- With the array of different industries, age and experience of all the speakers. Each women who attends the event will walk away with at least 1 gold nugget, that will help them in their career or building their business
A few of the speakers to tempt you...
Jessica Rowe will be speaking about the following:
o Can we truly have it all?
o The challenges of working in a very public and male dominated industry
o How to bounce back from professional setbacks
o Her struggles with postnatal depression and maintaining a healthy work/life balance
Dr Arne Rubenstein will be speaking about:
o Powerful women and the role of good men
Dr Clare Allen will be speaking about :
o CEO, Author, Business Evangelist
o Belief Brand and Influence for Meaningful Success
o The key ingredients for success.
o Why a personal magnetic brand is so important.
o How to be a strategic influencer and
o Why you need to create work-life harmony for personal well-being.
FREE WORKSHOP 'Writing an Award Winning Submission' Thursday 18 May 2017
The Business Excellence Awards 2017 Nominations are Open Now until Friday 23 June. The Awards are a great opportunity to showcase your business achievements over the past 12 months.
A FREE Workshop on how to write an Award Winning Submission will be held by Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI) in partnership with Business Local and with support from the Small Business Development Corporation.
Shire of Esperance Building Code Australia Information Sessions 17 May 2017
The Shire of Esperance will be hosting Building Code of Australia Information Sessions on behalf of the Building Code of Australia.
The sessions will be held on the 17th May and the Shire would like to ensure as many businesses as possible, who are impacted by the building code, are aware of the sessions.
Please click here for more information and please feel welcome to spread the word - Thank You
CANCELLED - Cruise Ship 'Pacific Eden' in Esperance on Sunday 14 May 2017
We have been advised that the “Pacific Eden” has experienced some rough weather
on its journey to Perth and will now stay an extra night in Fremantle Port.
The “Pacific Eden” will be in Esperance on Sunday 14 May 2017, which is also Mother's Day. We have been advised that the “Pacific Eden” will berth at the Port, at 7am and shuttle buses will transfer passengers out of the Port,
through town, to the Whale Tail car park.
The Tourism Esperance Marque will be setup at the Whale Tail to greet the shuttle buses. We should expect our first passengers into Whale Tail Carpark from 7:30 – 8:00am onwards.
Ravensthorpe 'Business Tools at your Fingertips' Workshop 11 May 2017
Please click here for more information about the Business Local Workshop ‘Business Tools at your Fingertips’ that will be held in Ravensthorpe on Thursday 11 May. More information about the workshop including details for how to register to attend is included on the flyer for you. Please feel welcome to share this information with your contacts and networks - Thank You
Escare B-Ball Battle, 3 on 3 Basketball Competition in Esperance 5 May 2017
Youth Shout Out..!! Escare will be hosting a B-Ball Battle, 3 on 3 Basketball Competition on this Friday 5 May 2017 at Adventureland Park in Esperance from 4-8pm for 12-25 year olds.
Please click here for more information and please feel welcome to spread the word - Thank You
Cruise Ship Visit “Pacific Eden” Friday, 7th April 2017
The Cruise Ship Passengers will be greeted at the Volunteer Meeting Point where the Tourism Esperance Marque will be setup on the foreshore lawn in front of the Scout Hall.
The first cruise ship passengers are expected to arrive into the Taylor Street Jetty from 8:00 – 8:30am onwards.
Volunteer Location Points include:
• Taylor Street Jetty
• Tourism Esperance Marque
• Cnr Andrew Street & The Esplanade
• Post Office Square
• Whale Tail
Please remember the Cruise Ship Passenger 'Greeters' are all volunteers. If you can spare a couple of hours - anytime between 8am – 4pm, Tourism Esperance would really appreciate your help.
If you would like more information or to enquire about Volunteering please contact Wayne Halliday, Tourism Esperance – Chair
P: (08) 9072 0044
M: 0448 800 254
It’s Festival Time..!!
WELCOME TO FOTW 2017 from Thursday 16 - Sunday 19 March 2017
The Festival of the Wind is a premier cultural event for the South Coast Region of WA. Join us to celebrate our unique Esperance lifestyle with live entertainment, food, music, art, sport and culture. Please see the link below to access the Festival of the Wind 2017 Program – there is so much to see and do and lots of FREE activities for the whole family. Please join us in celebrating everything that is amazing in our community by getting involved and getting along to Festival Events.
Please also share to help spread the word - Thank You
Tourism Council WA is bringing its range of popular training workshops to Esperance in February. These workshops are short, practical training sessions which are updated regularly to ensure they remain relevant to your industry, taking into account the latest information, research and trends. Upcoming workshops include:
For more information or to register, simply click on the links. Please note, spaces are limited and Tourism Council WA members receive a 50 per cent discount on training workshops
- Building Your Brand through Digital Marketing (Feb 20) - The workshop examines the multilayered topic of online reputation management, focusing on best practice content strategy; social listening; how to make user review websites work for you; and the rise of the social media influencer and what this means for your brand.
- Facebook for Business: Insights into Marketing for Tourism (Feb 20) - Ideal for those with a solid understanding of Facebook for business, this workshop takes a hard look at some of the more technical elements of the platform that are crucial to engaging and influencing consumer behaviours.
- Advanced Facebook for Business: In-Depth Advertising and Strategy (Feb 21) - Ideal for those with a sound, practical understanding of Facebook for business, this workshop will take an in depth look at Facebook advertising and strategy for the tourism sector.
- Digital Marketing: Major Platforms and Trends in 2017 (Feb 21) - Ideal for those with a sound understanding of digital marketing, the workshop will provide valuable insight into the state of digital and where tourism providers should focus their attention in 2017.
- Tourism Boost (Feb 22) - This workshop is designed as an introduction and refresher course on the tourism industry and will give you a competitive edge in the growing marketplace.
Customer Service WAy (Feb 22) - Revolutionising customer service in WA’s tourism towns and precincts, improve your revenue, repeat business and word of mouth marketing through customer service and selling skills.
The Nationals Campaign Launch will be held at the Pier Hotel on Friday 17 February 2017 from 5:30pm onwards. This is an opportunity to meet with The Nationals Team that has delivered Royalties for Regions and learn more about the proposed $5 special lease rental, cuts to payroll tax and thier plans for regional WA. Please click here for more information.
The first Interagency Networking Breakfast for 2017 will be held on Wednesday 15 February 2017. Attendees are invited to arrive between 7:30-8:00am and can choose to order food and drinks with the first guest speaker starting at 8:00am. A great opportunity to network particularly for Not for Profit, Disability Support, Volunteer and other agencies. Please click here for more information and please pass this on to any colleagues and contacts you feel could benefit from attending. You are also welcome to bring along your business cards and other service information to display.
The Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI) would like to invite you to attend the February Business After Hours to be hosted by Esperance Psychology this Friday 10 February from 5-7pm. Esperance Psychology Won the Esperance Business Awards 2016 - Best Micro Business and Business of the Year and the WA Regional Small Business Awards 2016 - Best Micro Business. You are invited to come along to the Esperance Psychology February Business After Hours to meet their motivated and dedicated team and to learn more about the services and supports they provide. For more information please click here. If you would like to RSVP to attend please call the ECCI on (08) 9071 5142 or email email@example.com
The ECCI will be hosting a Breakfast Meeting for our Business Members with Dr Graham Jacobs MLA Candidate for Roe on Thursday 9 February 2017 from 8am to 9am at Suite 21 Dutton Arcade. This is a great opportunity to hear how the State Liberals will support business and commerce in Regional WA. Please click here for more information.
The Cruise Ship “Astor” will be in Esperance on Wednesday 8 February. The Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI) has been advised that the “Astor” will berth at the Port at 9am. Shuttle buses will transfer passengers out of the Port and through town to the Whale Tail car park. The Tourism Esperance Marquee will be setup at the Whale Tail to greet the shuttle buses. Please be aware that there is likely to be increased foot traffic in the CBD and let's all make an effort to welcome passenger visitors to our community so they enjoy their time here and might return again.
The Australia Day Family Fun Event and Australia Day BBQ Competition will be held on Thursday 26 January from 9am at Adventureland Park on the Foreshore in Esperance. Please click here for more information about the activities that will be on during the day and click here for registration and click here for rules for the BBQ Competition (Please Note: registrations for the BBQ Competition close on Tuesday 24 January) This promises to be a fabulous day full of fun and entertainment for all with the BBQ Competition providing some real 'Aussie' flavour to the day (pun intended)... And thank you to all the event organisers and sponsors who have helped through their support to make events like this possible.
A Sundowner will be held at the Pier Hotel on Wednesday 18th January 2017 with Graham Jacobs MLA and the Hon Colin Barnett. Please click here for more information.
The upcoming 55th Flying Fifteen Australian National Championship will be held at the Esperance Bay Yacht Club from 30th December 2016 to 5th January 2017. Here are some details about this event for you: There are 41 entries including sailors from the UK, Queensland, Victoria, Perth, Albany, Geraldton and of course Esperance; World Championship and National Championship winning sailors will be participating; The regatta will bring approximately 150 visitors to Esperance; Esperance businesses and activities have been promoted to regatta entrants via newsletter in the lead up to the event. The newsletter provided links to businesses Facebook pages or websites so that participants and non sailors accompanying them are aware of the diversity of small business and tourism offerings in town; Racing will take place on Esperance Bay with some great vantage points from the foreshore for locals and tourists to enjoy the spectacle. Saturday 31st December at 2pm is the Invitation Race and Championship racing will take place from 1pm on Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th January, morning racing from 10am on Thursday 5th January; EBYC have put together a great social program of functions but left some nights free for visitors to patronise local restaurants and pubs. A Sundowner at Stonehenge with Lucky Bay Brewing will be a highlight for regatta participants.
Christmas and New Year 2016-2017 Retail Trading Hours have been released. Please click here for more information. The Shire of Esperance have also released their Christmas 2016 Opening Hours. Please click here for more information.
Monday 19 December - Ricochet Rose and Georgia Rose Pop Up Shop in Esperance Museum Village will be hosting a Christmas Celebration. For more information about the Pop Up Shop click here. To see the Christmas Celebration Invitation click here. For examples of the products available at the Pop Up Shop please click here.
Sunday 11 December - the Esperance Community Christmas Pageant will commence at 4pm. Please click here for more information.
Friday 9 December - Business After Hours will be hosted by Wells Building Designers and Consultants at 10 Corry Street from 5-7pm. Please click here for more information.
Tuesday 6 December - A Special Council Meeting was held at the Shire of Esperance to determine the Jetty Replacement Working Group members. Please click here for the Shire of Esperance Media Release and more information.
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December - the Official Opening of the Esperance Foreshore Skate Park, Lighting of the Christmas Lights, and Museum Village Markets. Local Businesses are encouraged to open their doors and take advantage of this weekend which is promising to be vibrant, fun and well attended. For the Edge of the Bay Schedule of Events click here or here. To see Workshop Facilitator and Visiting Skater Profiles click here. To find out more about the other activities that will be happening over the weekend including markets and the Christmas Lights click here.
Saturday 26 November - the Esperance Volunteer Resource Centre welcomes everyone to attend the Nulsen in November Family Fun Day. There will be a growers market, food for sale, kids pony rides and much much more. This is a family friendly way to support our local community or for small business to hold a market stall. Click here for more information or contact 9072 0346.
Thursday 17 November - Congratulations to Yirri Grove for hosting a sensational Business After Hours. We had the opportunity to sample your tasty menu items and were treated to a tour of the Olive Grove and processing areas. Congratulations too Heather Gee who was our Lucky Door Prize Winner..!! Nestled just off Fisheries Road in the gorgeous countryside, Yirri Grove offers a treasure trove of special treats for locals and travellers. Open for lunch most days and available for Christmas and Private Functions - Yirri Grove provides a tranquil setting and panoramic views. Check out Yirri Grove's Facebook Page for more information including opening hours and contact details at https://www.facebook.com/YirriGrove/
Wednesday 16 November - the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry are holding our Annual General Meeting at 12 noon at the ECCI Office, Suite 26B Dutton Arcade, 91 Dempster Street Esperance. Nominations are invited for positions on the ECCI Executive Committee. Click here for more information
Saturday 12 November - Esperance McDonald's Restaurant invite you to be a part of McHappy Day 2016 which is the biggest annual fundraising event for Ronald McDonald Charities (RMDC). This event raises valuable funds to support seriously ill children and their families at times when they need it most through programs including Ronald McDonald House, Learning Programs, Family Rooms and Family Retreats. Click here for more information
Thursday 10 November - The Shire of Esperance will host the Freedom of Entry parade on the 10th November in the town centre. The parade will start at the Whale Tail, with the Farncomb crew marching through town, finishing in front of the RSL Memorial. The march takes an hour and will be a spectacle for all to see. Food stalls will be in front of the museum making it a great night out for the whole family to enjoy. Click here for more information
Monday 31 October - Join us for an informative evening for prospective franchisees to gain insight into two leading retail brands 'Muffin Break' and 'Jesters' with franchised business opportunities available at Esperance Boulevard. Click here for more information
Saturday 29 October - WA Small Business Day is a statewide event to raise awareness about small business in Western Australia. There are over 210,000 small businesses in WA that provide nearly half of all jobs in WA. It's time to celebrate the contribution small businesses make to our communities and our lives. Click here for more information
Saturday 22 October - Garage Sale Trail is a National reuse movement with over 13,000 garage sales on one big day. It's FREE to participate with thanks to local Councils helping to make it happen. Click here for more information
Tuesday 18 October - Free Movie Event, The Big Year. For more information click here
Friday 14 & Saturday 15 October - ECCI Stall at the Esperance Ag Show
Thursday 6 October - Business After Hours hosted by Esperance Toyota. Click here for more information
Wednesday 5 October - 'Online Marketing - Do It Yourself' Workshop. Click here for more information
Tuesday 4 October - Breakfast Meet and Greet with Hon Brendon Grylls. Click here for more information