- Kimberley Cotton Company orders $60 million cotton gin
- Regional Development Minister Don Punch meets with Ord River farmers
- McGowan Government recently committed $77 million to upgrade the M1 Channel
- A further $8.66 million was committed in the 2023-24 State Budget towards environmental obligations
The McGowan Government congratulates Kimberley Cotton Company (KCC) on ordering Western Australia's first cotton processing plant worth $60 million to support the burgeoning cotton industry and create more local jobs.
KCC has placed orders and signed contracts to build the $60 million cotton processing facility, known as a cotton gin.
The announcement comes as Regional Development Minister Don Punch today met with farmers in Kununurra to discuss the Ord River Irrigation Area project, the establishment of the cotton industry and the opportunities this presents for agricultural support businesses.
The McGowan Government has worked closely with local growers and the KCC over the past six years to back in the development, providing land and funding support.
Minister Punch also addressed the McGowan Government's $8.66 million commitment in the 2023-24 State Budget.
The State has previously committed $3.6 million for Horizon Power infrastructure that will supply renewable power from Lake Argyle to the Cotton Gin and in September last year, the State awarded a lease for approximately 60 hectares of land to the Kimberley Cotton Company.
In December, the McGowan Government announced $77.1 million for vital water infrastructure upgrades in the Ord to drive agricultural expansion in the State's north.
The critical upgrades, which include widening of the Main Water Supply Channel, will support the supply of water from Lake Argyle to the 5,400 hectare Knox Plain development. The Knox farmland is critical in underpinning the volumes of production that will sustain a cotton industry in the East Kimberley.
To compliment the investment, an additional $8.66 million was committed to the project in the 2023-24 State Budget to meet environmental obligations over the next three years.
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Don Punch:
"I am delighted to see the Kimberley Cotton Company passing a significant milestone this week, ordering WA's first cotton gin and moving closer to realising this transformational project for the region, local growers, Miriuwung Gajerrong Corporation and the pastoral industry in the East Kimberley.
"It was also great to meet the local growers this morning and see the optimism around the future of a cotton industry in WA.
"The McGowan Government has worked hard to get the project this far and it will need continued effort from all involved to ensure the development remains sustainable and meets its environmental obligations."
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Jackie Jarvis:
"I congratulate the Kimberley Cotton Company for this milestone, and wish them every success towards starting up in 2025.
"This processing facility is central to the development of a sustainable cotton industry and will provide significant employment opportunities for the Kununurra community.
"This is the largest agricultural project in WA's north, and a fantastic example of collaboration between government, local agricultural businesses, and Traditional Owners."
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6900
Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200