Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade

    Funding to drive innovation in the Mid-West

    5/07/2017 10:15 AM
    • ​$80,000 in grants to support innovation and start-ups in the Mid-West
    • $30,000 for amenities upgrade for CreativeHub project
    • Grants part of the State Government's Local Projects, Local Jobs program

    A $110,000 funding injection for Geraldton-based Pollinators Inc will help to support local start-ups and encourage early-stage ventures in the Mid-West, creating new regional job opportunities.


    Pollinators Inc is a member-based social enterprise which uses a mix of earned revenue and grant funding to provide practical support for innovators and entrepreneurs.


    The Pollinators - Start Up Assistance project will receive $80,000 to provide promising start-up enterprises or individuals with access to CityHive, a co-working, meeting, events and office space on Marine Terrace in Geraldton's central business district.


    Pollinators Inc will also receive $30,000 for new facilities for its CreativeHub project, a performance and visual arts hub for local artists in the region. The grant will bring the space up to council standards and enable the building to host big arts events.


    The grants are part of the Local Projects, Local Jobs program, which is supporting a range of projects across Western Australia.


    Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


    "Innovation is key to diversifying the economy, creating employment opportunities and attracting investors to our State - and Geraldton can lead the way in WA for start-ups.


    "The State Government's support of the Pollinators - Start Up Assistance project will drive innovation in the Mid-West and fuel the growth of early stage ventures and start-ups.


    "There is a pool of exceptionally talented entrepreneurs in regional Western Australia and the State Government is committed to supporting and encouraging innovation in the regions, as we look for new ways to create local jobs."


    Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Darren West:


    "Pollinators is a great local success story and provides an invaluable service.


    "As a result of the State Government's funding, many fresh new ideas now have the opportunity to become a reality."


    Minister's office - 6552 6200