Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen Industry

    Value-add funds to spur WA food manufacturing

    27/01/2021 12:00 PM
    • ​$10.2 million McGowan Government investment towards projects to boost food and beverage manufacturing and value-adding
    • Projects set to create more than 600 jobs across WA
    • Funding awarded to 18 agrifood businesses in metropolitan and regional areas

    The McGowan Government has allocated $10.2 million towards projects which will supercharge food and beverage manufacturing and value-adding in Western Australia, and create more than 600 local jobs. 


    Funding has been awarded to 18 agrifood businesses in metropolitan and regional areas to support capital expansion, relocation or new projects to grow local processing through the Value Add Investment Grants program. 


    An estimated 609 new jobs are set to be created across a range of industries including horticulture, seafood, beverages, meat and livestock, and premium food products.


    The funding is expected to generate more than $132 million in private sector investment through applicants' matched co-contributions.


    Bunbury-based sheepmeat and beef processor V&V Walsh plans to build a state-of-the-art cold store facility to boost production capacity, fulfil demand in Australian and international markets and create an estimated 134 jobs.


    The program is part of the $16.7 million Food and Beverage Fund, a four-year initiative supported through the McGowan Government's WA Recovery Plan to stimulate jobs in food and beverage businesses.


    The grants program is delivered through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.


    Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


    "Western Australia is renowned for its fresh and diverse produce, however, our agribusiness sector remains largely concentrated by the production of raw commodities, with much of it destined for export markets.


    "Although small, our food and beverage manufacturing industry is growing and is job intensive with strong benefits for the broader WA economy.


    "The Value Add Investment Grants program will increase skills and competitiveness related to WA's value-adding production and processing across metropolitan and regional areas.


    "Successful recipients include V&V Walsh, who will install a cold store facility to expand their production - creating an estimated 134 local, permanent jobs at their Bunbury plant.


    "The program forms part of broader work by the State Government to drive diversification, regional economic growth and employment by supporting new investment in value-adding, food processing and expansion projects.


    "As the economy recovers from the challenges of COVID-19, initiatives like these will support local business growth and development that is vital for a strong WA economy and jobs into the future."


    Minister's office - 6552 6200


    List of successful applicants:


    Business nameProject descriptionLocationFunding amount
    Australian Truffle TradersWest Australian Truffle CollectiveManjimup$339,600
    D Trandos & Sons Pty LtdValue added processing of fresh WA corn for local, national and international markets Neerabup$265,200
    Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co Pty LtdIncrease Manufacturing Capacity to Meet Demand for New Craft Brewery ProductsMargaret River$350,000
    Canon Foods Services Pty LtdManufacturing facility expansionJandakot$750,000
    Harvest Road Oceans Pty LtdEmu Point Aquaculture FacilityAlbany$700,000
    Sweeter Banana Co-Operative LtdFood Processing HubCarnarvon$270,000
    D'Orsogna LimitedState-of-the-art slicing and packing processPalmyra$700,000
    George Weston Foods LtdMauri Animal Feed Mill Development ProjectBentley $700,000
    The Tailor Made Spirits Company LimitedCowaramup Distillery and VenueCowaramup$400,000
    Oakover Vineyards Pty LtdSwan Valley Wine ProjectMiddle Swan$700,000
    Atari Enterprises Trading Company Pty LtdBrewery and distillery upgradeSouth Fremantle $703,000
    Vesco Foods Pty LtdFactory expansion to diversify product offeringOsborne Park$700,000
    Wafex Pty LtdValue Add Waxflower BouquetsWest Swan$330,400
    Quintis (Australia) Pty LimitedValue Add - Production Line upgradeAlbany$500,000
    V&V Walsh State-of-the-art Cold Store FacilityBunbury$700,000
    Huon Aquaculture Company Pty LtdExpansion and Diversification of a Value-added Seafood Processing FacilityForrestdale$700,000
    Centerwest Pty LtdNext generation processing facility expansion and upgradeWoodridge$700,000
    Catalano Seafood Pty LtdExpansion and Modernisation of Value-add Seafood Processing CapabilityBassendean$700,000