- Six scholarships totalling more than $130,000 provided for Western Australian entrepreneurs to undertake innovative projects related to agriculture or aquaculture
- The scholarships support development of industry and jobs in regional WA
- Research could lead to new businesses to create jobs and diversify the economy
The McGowan Government has announced six new scholarships for WA entrepreneurs through the Agriculture and Aquaculture Entrepreneurship Program.
The scholarships provide up to $30,000 which can be used for travel to research international and Australian best practice, as well as for local commercialisation, testing, training and knowledge sharing.
The successful applicants were selected by an independent evaluation panel. Three of the six entrepreneurs live in regional WA and the scholarships cover a range of WA regional industry sectors.
The new scholarships are awarded to:
- Mr Jonathan Bilton and Athair Aquaculture Pty Ltd - Supporting technology transfer to accelerate the development of the WA scallop industry
- Dr Sofie De Meyer and MALDIID Pty Ltd - rapid and accurate quality control technology for legumes
- Mr Robert Kelly and Livestock Systems Pty Ltd– identifying best practices for buying livestock
- Ms Kelly Pearce– supporting the development of a new data integration platform for WA farmers
- Mr Luke Wheat and Future Green Solutions Pty Ltd– researching mechanised production of insect proteins for aquaculture feedstock
- Mr Adam Wilson and Great Southern Truffles Pty Ltd – finding better ways to create value-added products with truffles.
These scholarships are an investment in exciting new innovations for WA. They could lead to new agriculture and aquaculture businesses, products and exports – ultimately growing jobs and creating a more diverse economy.
The program is supported through the State Government's $3.41 million Science and Agribusiness Connect initiative.
More information is available at: www.jtsi.wa.gov.au/agriculture-and-aquaculture
Comments attributed to Science and Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly:
"These exciting and innovative projects have the potential to grow WA jobs and the $6.8 billion agriculture sector, particularly in the regions.
"One project alone could help grow our seafood industry by generating 20 new direct and indirect jobs and $5 million over five years.
"As Fisheries Minister, as well as Science Minister, I am particularly keen to see how these new projects could lead to a new scallop species for aquaculture, and also new farm and livestock data tools."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"These projects will bring home world-leading technology, best practices and new ideas to WA's farms and fisheries.
"The McGowan Government is committed to supporting innovation, regional jobs and sustainable practices in agriculture and aquaculture.
"These new projects are diverse and exciting – they could lead to new innovative organic waste management, new types of sustainable stock feed, better ways to preserve Western Australia's black winter truffles and improvements to inoculant information for farmers that grow legume crops."
Science and Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6100
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200