Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen Industry

    New grants to help drive economic growth in Collie

    18/01/2019 1:00 PM
    • Second tranche of the Collie Futures Small Grants Program delivers a share of $220,000 to three projects
    • Part of $20 million Collie Futures Fund 

    The McGowan Government continues to invest in Collie's future, announcing today a further $220,000 towards three projects aimed at growing the local economy and creating jobs.


    Funding through the second tranche of the Collie Futures Small Grants Program will back projects that support efforts to drive long-term economic growth and stimulate job creation.


    A demonstration marron farm, a tourism feasibility study for Black Diamond Lake and a Noongar landcare employment program are the latest projects to receive funding.


    The three new small grants recipients are in addition to a further eight that were announced in September, bringing the total funding delivered so far through the program to $898,000.


    The Collie Futures Small Grants Program is a $2 million fund available over four years, which supports new opportunities for enterprise and industry that will provide long-term benefits for the Collie region.


    The Collie Futures Small Grants Program is part of the $20 million Collie Future Fund, which will provide financial support and investment while Collie's economy undergoes transition.


    There will be further opportunities to apply for funding through the small grants program.


    Organisations with projects that will help unlock economic growth in Collie and that are looking for financial support are encouraged to register their interest with the South West Development Commission at http://www.swdc.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


    "This funding program is serving as a catalyst for economic growth and jobs creation. 


    "Investing in these projects, alongside the ongoing work to develop an economic development plan, will lead to a stronger future for Collie."


    Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray:


    "There is no bigger believer in Collie's potential than me, and through this program we are working with organisations to tap into growth opportunities.


    "By backing projects that will diversify and strengthen the economy, we aim to create a broader range of jobs for local people.


    "I congratulate the recipients on their exciting initiatives and look forward to seeing these projects develop and ultimately diversify Collie's economy."


    Minister's office - 6552 6200


    Collie Futures Small Grants Program recipients - Second tranche:

    • Collie River Valley Marketing - $70,000 towards Black Diamond Tourism Feasibility;
    • Leschenault Catchment Council - $75,000 towards Danju-Jobs Together; and
    • Dam Fish - $75,000 towards CRV Demonstration Marron Farm.