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

    Grants to generate growth potential of northern beef industry

    26/10/2018 9:30 AM
    • 20 northern beef businesses benefit from Round 2 of Business Improvement Grants
    • Funding will improve the competitiveness of pastoralists in the Kimberley and Pilbara  

    The McGowan Government will invest up to $575,000 in 20 pastoral businesses across the Kimberley and Pilbara to improve business enterprises, drive innovation and create jobs.


    The extension of the Business Improvement Grants (BIG) program will allow 20 additional pastoralists access to the successful program.


    BIG is an incentive program for commercial cattle producers in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions to carry out an initial business review and two subsequent annual reviews, develop a business plan and implement business improvements to strengthen enterprise profitability.


    By providing participants with business advice and mentoring support, BIG increases market competitiveness and the growth and resilience of individual beef producers, and delivers flow-on benefits across the Western Australian beef supply chain.


    Of the BIG Round 2 grants awarded, 10 enterprises are located in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions respectively and 10 of the grant recipients are indigenous pastoral businesses.


    Since the announcement of the program's extension, 13 existing participants have qualified for a $3,000 grant to complete another two annual business reviews.


    Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development staff will continue to work with BIG participants to stimulate practice change, innovation and capacity development.


    More information about the program, including business improvement outcomes and testimonials, is available on the department's website at https://www.agric.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


    "We expanded this program after receiving very positive feedback from industry that this really helped industry development.


    "Industry support for the BIG program demonstrates the appetite of commercial cattle producers to improve their business models and achieve sustainable growth.


    "The new BIG program participants will build on the success of the original program, which saw 48 pastoral businesses benefit from business improvements.


    "Beef production is the backbone of the agriculture sector in the north of Western Australia and the BIG program creates better prospects for individual businesses to grow and flow-on benefits throughout the value chain."


    Minister's office - 6552 6200