Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Minister for Regional Development; Disability Services; Fisheries; Seniors and Ageing

    Collie Art Prize 2023 among initiatives to receive funding boost

    4/03/2023 10:00 AM
    • Collie Art Prize 2023 officially opens tonight and is on show until 30 April
    • Among latest grant recipients to receive funding through the Collie Futures Small Grants Program
    • Local artists among the finalists for the first time in history of Collie Art Prize
    • Funding part of efforts by McGowan Government to diversify Collie's economy

    Regional Development Minister Don Punch and Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns today announced the recipients of the latest tranche of funding to be awarded through the Collie Futures Small Grants Program, supporting local-level projects that help to diversify and transition Collie's economy.


    A further three initiatives aimed at driving job creation and economic diversification have been allocated funding, building on the significant investment already made in local projects as part of setting up the South-West town for the long-term.


    Project proponent WB Management will receive $100,000 towards a concept plan for the establishment of an eco-tourism accommodation project at Minninup Pool.


    Small business Gibson Country Style Jerky will receive $48,600 towards the purchase of new equipment to meet demand for its product and open wholesale opportunities.


    Meanwhile, a grant of $27,000 is supporting the staging of the Collie Art Prize 2023, which offers one of Australia's richest individual art prizes. For the first time local Collie artists are among the finalists.


    As part of the McGowan Government's commitment to a Just Transition, the Collie Futures Small Grants Program has funded diverse projects ranging from tourism events such as this weekend's Collie Labour Day Festival to small businesses such as Outback Horse Trails.


    Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Don Punch:


    "From large-scale industrial projects to small businesses, the McGowan Government is investing in initiatives that support a bright future for Collie.


    "It is really fantastic to see local people being able to take their business plans to the next level and build a future, together with initiatives that diversify the economy through stimulating industries such as tourism and the arts, along with major projects and new industries that will create industrial jobs."


    Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns:


    "I am proud the McGowan Government continues to support such a diverse range of projects through the Collie Futures Small Grants Program. That's what this funding program is about - diversifying the economy, to secure local jobs.


    "I encourage people to plan a trip to Collie and check out the events being funded, including the Collie Art Prize 2023 which is being exhibited until 30 April. While you are here, explore what Collie and the surrounds have to offer.


    "As a result of the McGowan Government's investment in diversifying local tourist products, there is more to see and do than ever - from the revamped Collie Underground Coal Mine Experience to the Wellington Dam Mural and Collie Mural Trail."


    Minister's office - 6552 6200