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

    Wheatbelt projects to receive nearly $700,000 in grant funding

    10/04/2019 11:00 AM
    • Eight Wheatbelt projects to receive nearly $700,000 in Regional Economic Development (RED) grants
    • Avon Valley Beef to triple sheep processing and create 30 new jobs 
    • McGowan Government investing in regional jobs and economic development

    Assisting small businesses to grow and boosting tourism experiences in the Wheatbelt region is the focus for projects funded through the McGowan Government's Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program.


    The State Government has allocated $23.9 million over four years to the RED grants program, administered by the nine Regional Development Commissions, providing $688,990 to the Wheatbelt region in the first round.


    Avon Valley Beef will receive $190,000 in funding to install a new automated lamb supply chain at its Northam abattoir, to triple lamb processing and enable both sheep and cattle to be processed at the same time.


    Lamb and sheep processing is estimated to increase from 600 head per day to a maximum of 3,600 head per day, creating opportunities for producers to increase supply and provide more locally processed sheepmeat products to markets. The abattoir expansion will provide an estimated 30 new jobs in Northam.


    The Gravity Discovery Centre Foundation Inc will use a $190,000 grant to build accommodation at the Gravity Discovery Centre to provide visitors to the observatory with an experience linked to Aboriginal culture.


    The Wheatbelt Business Network will receive $60,000 to deliver a training program to help existing small businesses grow and diversify and to assist in the start-up of new businesses, leading to jobs growth and industry expansion in the Wheatbelt.


    Eight Wheatbelt projects will receive RED grants, set to create a number of new job opportunities in the region.


    Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


    "The Wheatbelt is the largest agricultural producing region in the State, and our Government is backing stronger growth in the sector to drive new jobs.


    "Supporting the Gravity Discovery Centre's accommodation project will create a new tourist experience in the Wheatbelt, bringing more visitors into the region for a longer stay.


    "By investing in a variety of regional initiatives, the State Government is helping to grow Western Australia's regional areas into thriving and sustainable communities."


    Successful RED grants projects for the Wheatbelt region:


    Avon Valley BeefAVB - Lamb Value Add Chain$190,000
    Gravity Discovery Centre FoundationYokalaring, Mia Accommodation$190,000
    Shire of KoordaLead Consultant Project Coordinator - Wheatbelt Secondary Freight$100,000
    Wheatbelt Business NetworkSupporting the Wheatbelt Innovation Ecosystem (Innovation Gardening Program)$60,000
    Murdoch UniversitySkills development in regional WA through the FIRST Robotic Competition$53,000
    Misty Ridge Plant FarmInland Desalination for Sustainable Water Resource$42,990
    Regional Development
    Australia Wheatbelt Inc
    Online booking, sales and database platform for Noongar enterprises$28,000
    Northern Valleys
    Northam Valleys Locavore Store Online Platform$25,000


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