Mid-West projects to receive more than $750,000 in grant funding

  • Eight Mid-West projects to receive more than $750,000 in Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants
  • Two Mid-West businesses set to lead establishment of the rock oyster industry
  • McGowan Government investing in regional jobs and growth
  • Two Mid-West businesses are working together to establish a rock oyster industry at the Abrolhos Islands thanks to funding through the McGowan Government’s Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program.

    The State Government has allocated $23.9 million over four years to the RED Grants program, administered by the nine Regional Development Commissions, providing $777,835 to the Mid-West region in the first round.

    Geraldton-based, Abrolhos Island Oysters Pty Ltd and Australian Pearling Company Pty Ltd will receive $250,000 to assist with water and nutrient monitoring at the Abrolhos Islands site in order to obtain accreditation and classification as a harvest area for human consumption.

    Rock oyster aquaculture is new in Western Australia, and this project provides the opportunity to explore potential growth and share learnings with other growers to help build the industry.

    Dongara-based distillery Illegal Tender Rum Co will receive a grant of $137,000 to expand operations and help make Dongara a food and beverage tourism destination.

    The company aims to more than double its production, increase venue capacity and provide local employment opportunities. The distillery will also explore future opportunities to develop ‘ready to drink’ products for China.

    Eight Mid-West projects will receive RED Grants focusing on new industry development and tourism expansion.

    As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

    “The Mid-West region is rich in natural resources and offers a number of investment and growth opportunities in aquaculture, broad acre farming, digital technology, sustainable energy production and tourism.

    “The RED Grants provide the opportunity to focus on community-led projects which will boost our regional economy, create jobs and add vibrancy to towns.

    “By investing in a variety of regional initiatives, the State Government is helping to grow Western Australia’s regional areas into thriving and sustainable communities.”

    Successful RED Grants for the Mid-West region

    Abrolhos Island Oysters / Australian Pearling CompanyWestern Australia Rock Oyster Aquaculture Cluster – Mid West$250,000
    Illegal Tender Rum Co Pty LtdIllegal Tender Rum Co Expansion$137,000
    National Trust of Australia (WA)Enhancing the Historic Victoria Hospital and Convict Gaol Precinct$119,000
    Shire of Northampton Refurbishment Northampton Old School Buildings$74,935
    Dongara MarineEnhanced Manufacturing Capability through CNC$68,500
    One L of a Good Feed Catering & EventsRenovation and Café Fit Out of the Old Carnamah Church Building$50,000
    Chapman Valley Fishing ParkUpgrade of Tourism Facilities$50,000
    Shire of IrwinMid West Online Events Calendar and Travel Guide$28,400

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