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

    BIG boost for northern beef businesses

    13/07/2018 8:10 AM
    • $500,000 in grants available to pastoralists in the Kimberley and Pilbara to improve business enterprises and drive new jobs for Aboriginal people
    • Beef production is the backbone of the agriculture industry in the north 

    WA's northern pastoralists will have access to a new round of Business Improvement Grants (BIG) to boost their cattle operations.


    Applications for round two are now open, building on the success of the original program which saw 48 pastoral businesses, including 12 indigenous businesses, benefit from the grants.


    Under BIG Round 2, enterprises can apply for a reimbursement of up to $25,000, excluding GST, to carry out a business improvement review and develop a business plan, and assist with making business improvements.


    BIG is an incentive program for commercial cattle producers in the Kimberley and Pilbara to increase their market competitiveness and growth, providing business advice and mentoring support.


    Eligible existing participants of the first BIG program are also invited to apply for up to $3,000 for further annual reviews of their business performance and plans.


    This will help drive ongoing business improvement and provide five years of benchmarking data to identify strengths and weaknesses within individual enterprises and across the industry.


    For more information or to submit a grant application, visit http://www.agric.wa.gov.au/r4r/northern-beef-development-project. Applications close Friday, 10 August 2018.


    Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


    "Beef production is a powerful driver of regional economies in Western Australia's north and north west – and there are real opportunities to grow, particularly for Aboriginal pastoral businesses.


    "The Business Improvement Grants program will strengthen our pastoral businesses in the Pilbara and Kimberley, building a modern, energised and resilient northern beef industry.


    "The McGowan Government is continuing to direct support at the grass-roots level, which leads to stronger businesses, best practices and jobs growth in the north."


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