Injecting innovation into small regional town with a big vision – Robe

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The South Australian Government has injected $80,000 into the Limestone Coast, to assist companies in the South-East develop effective and strategic business models.  Robe in particular, is on the cusp of economic growth, with new businesses starting up in the town – and the Government is taking notice.

Limestone Coast locals can access the Business Model Innovation Program, which helps participants rethink their current business model, explore new ways of running their business, and revenue diversification strategies.

Enabling employment in the Limestone Coast

The region is a great place to start a business.  Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast acts as a local facilitator for a number of Australian and South Australian government funded initiatives in fields such as export, food & wine and workforce development.

These initiatives include:

  • Skills, Career and Workforce Development
  • Small Business Advisory Services
  • Export Assistance
  • Skills for Jobs in Regions
  • Tourism Industry Development

Over unemployed 700 locals in the Limestone Coast took part in the Skills for Jobs in Regions program – a State Government initiative launched to help skill, prepare and connect job seekers to vacancies.

Robe in the spotlight

The main occupations of people living in Robe are 27.0% Managers, 18.8% Labourers, 13.3% Technicians & trades workers, 10.4% Professionals, 10.0% Sales workers, 8.4% Community & personal service workers, 8.2% Clerical & administrative workers, and 3.5% Machinery operators & drivers.

Being the tourist town it is, Robe’s accommodation and food services lead their industries by employment (22.3%).  Agriculture, fishing, construction, retail, education and training, manufacturing and health care are also big for employment in the town.

You don’t have to walk far to see all the businesses flourishing in Robe – commonly opened by creative entrepreneurs.  One Robe business, Sky Seafood has won a share of $149,100 in funding, under the Business Gateway Program.

The company distributes quality Southern Rock Lobsters locally and abroad, so the funding will help strengthen their international profile through international trade shows, developing new marketing material and conducting website maintenance to promote South Australian rock lobsters to the world.

Robe, and the wider Limestone Coast, is a good example of a region supporting its own.  Its array of community initiatives is designed to help their locals prosper, so they don’t have to move elsewhere.  Workforce planning tools for businesses help small to medium sized enterprises prepare for export and in development international markets.

If you’d like to access practical our workforce planning tools, please contact Wendy Perry via

December 2015


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