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$470,000 boost to healthcare, manufacturing and childcare in the Great Southern

Regional Development Minister Don Punch today announced the four successful Great Southern recipients of Round 6 of the Western Australian Government’s Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program.

Oct 13, 2023 | Read Time : 2 minutes

More than $50 million has been injected into WA regions over nine years through RED Grants for local projects that stimulate economic growth and development in regional Western Australia.  

Through the previous five rounds of RED Grants, nearly $3.6 million was approved to support 38 projects in the Great Southern, with the latest announcement adding another $470,000 allocated to four local projects.  

A $150,000 grant has been awarded for the development of the Ocean Beach Health Group Allied Health Centre in Denmark. The five-room multidisciplinary allied health centre will increase availability of regional healthcare help create skilled employment opportunities. 

Childcare availability in the region will also receive a boost with a $140,000 allocated to Village Childcare to establish of a long daycare centre in Albany. The new centre is expected to open up 68 additional childcare placements in the Great Southern, and provide additional resources to existing out of school hours and vacation care services.  

The Katanning Veterinary Clinic will receive an upgrade through a $110,000 RED Grant. The clinic will be upgraded to a purpose-built veterinary hospital with specialised medical equipment, providing increased jobs and high-quality veterinary services for the upper Great Southern. 

A $70,000 grant was awarded to Cannabis Botanical Distillery (CBD) to increase the size of the distillery manufacturing capacity from 3,500 to 35,000 litres per annum. The project is set to enable CBD to supply new domestic and international markets, create sustainable skilled jobs, and continue to champion a low carbon approach in the hemp industry. 

RED Grants for the Great Southern are delivered by the Great Southern Development Commission with support from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).  

Read the full ministerial media release 

Find out more about RED Grants.