- Seven Peel projects share in $680,000 Regional Economic Development Grant funding
- McGowan Government investing in manufacturing, hospitality, tourism and training industries in the Peel region
Peel businesses will share in $680,000 to strengthen and diversify local economies under round five of the McGowan Government's Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants.
The McGowan Government's RED Grants program has invested $45.8 million over eight years in local projects across Western Australia's regions, to drive economic development and support regional communities.
Successful projects in Round 5 of the RED Grants will diversify the tourism and hospitality sectors and create training opportunities for local communities in the region.
Shift Engineering will use its $200,000 grant to expand and diversify its facilities by purchasing a CNC press brake machine to increase metal bending capability in the region and enable future expansion with the construction of a new workshop. The project will employ up to six staff and three apprentices once in production.
Coolibah Care will receive $100,000 to redevelop its existing training space to a modern training hub and enable practical and online learning for aged care industry workers.
Boundary Island Brewery in Mandurah will receive $100,000 to expand its facilities and purchase equipment, enabling the brewhouse to increase production, reach the wholesale market and cater to large external functions and events.
Oakford Equestrian Centre will use its $40,000 grant to build additional training jumps, which will expand and improve the facilities for equestrian training in the Peel region and attract more equestrians to use the facility.
Dwellingup Adventures will use the $60,000 to construct and operate a bike/watercraft hire facility and kiosk at the Dwaarlindjirraap (Baden Powell) recreation area at Lane Poole Reserve. These services will attract visitors and enhance their experience of mountain biking, hiking facilities and water-based activities.
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"RED Grant funding is helping to expand and diversify business and industry in the regions and create long term jobs.
"Our latest round of RED Grants will help these Peel businesses and organisations scale production to reach new markets, offer innovative training solutions to attract and retain staff and enhance regional tourism offerings.
"The McGowan Government is committed to supporting regional local business and creating the diversity of jobs needed to help our regions meet their full potential."
Comments attributed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke
"RED Grants continue to make a significant positive impact across local industries in Murray-Wellington.
"It's fantastic to be able to support such diverse industries today through the RED Grants scheme.
"Thank you to Minister MacTiernan for her ongoing support for my region."
Minister's office - 6552 6200
Successful Round 5 RED Grant recipients - Peel
|Grant Applicant||Project Description||Grant Amount|
|Shift Engineering||Expansion and diversification: Funding will support the purchase of a hydraulic CNC press brake (bending) machine and the construction of new workshop premises. Introducing this equipment will expand the company's customer base, reduce production lead time and costs, and enable Shift Engineering to take on additional work from Tier 1 mining companies and work normally outsourced to the Perth metro area. The new workshop will provide a suitable premise for the CNC machine and enable future expansion. ||$200,000|
|Boundary Island Brewery||Expansion of brewhouse facilities: This project will increase beer production by 150% and enable expansion to the wholesale market with the purchase of a canning and labelling machine, and the development of storage space to house all production consumables. Funding will also support improving facilities to cater for large functions and events and showcase their brand externally. ||$100,000|
|Coolibah Care||Funding will support the redevelopment of not-for-profit organisation Coolibah Care's existing training space into a modern contemporary training hub. The project will provide a suitable and innovative training environment for skills enhancement and will help attract new staff and retain current staff in the Mandurah area. ||$100,000|
|The Exchange Hotel||Exchange Hotel fit-out: Funding will support a high-quality fit-out of the central kitchen and bar area as part of a major redevelopment of this heritage site located in the Pinjarra town centre. The re-opening of the Exchange Hotel will create a new hospitality business to fill local market demand, create local jobs and increase tourism diversity in the region. ||$100,000|
|Jacaranda Hill Farm and Accommodation||Funding will support the construction of a sustainable off-grid farmstay cabin in the Shire of Murray. This project will create a unique agritourism and accommodation offering, increase the diversity of tourism experiences in the Peel region and leverage existing rural assets.||$80,000|
|Dwellingup Adventures||Funding will support the construction and operation of a kiosk and bike/watercraft hire facility at the Dwaarlindjirraap (Baden Powell) recreation area at Lane Poole Reserve. The project will provide bikes, canoes and other watercraft for hire, along with the convenience of kiosk food and beverage and camping supplies to enhance the visitor experience at the Reserve. ||$60,000|
|Oakford Equestrian Centre||Oakford Equestrian training facilities upgrade: This project will build 20 new training jumps at the equestrian centre, increasing the centre's productivity and capacity for additional attendees, coaching and clinics. The upgrade will attract more equestrians to use the Centre and create jobs within the region's equine industry.||$40,000|