New industries funding

On Monday 17 December, Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan visited Albany to announce funding for three initiatives through the Regional New Industries Fund (RNIF). Creative Albany received approval for a $340,000 grant for its Design and Innovation Great Southern (DIGS) Hub. The DIGS Hub is a network to support business development and innovation in the region.

Creative Albany’s project complements another of the funded initiatives, the Meshpoints Building Capacity in Regions project, which was supported with a $250,000 grant. The million-dollar Meshpoints project covers most of regional Western Australia and will work with more than 20 regional innovation facilitators, including Creative Albany.

The Aquaculture Council WA was awarded a $270,000 grant for a Rock Oyster Cluster to conduct production trials of various oyster species. The trials will determine the optimum combinations of species, gear and technologies for various aquaculture locations in Western Australia. The $2.1 million project spans the state and includes the Albany Multi Species Mollusc Hatchery.

The RNIF is a $4.5 million program across Western Australia’s nine regions to support venture creation, accelerate the growth of small to medium enterprises, and seed innovation initiatives.

Ms MacTiernan announced the funding at a cooperative workspace in Albany associated with Creative Albany. Photo above: Graphic designer Alex Gott-Cumbers showed Minister MacTiernan and Albany MLA Peter Watson some label designs. Photo below: From left, Creative Albany chair Malcolm Traill, Albany MLA Peter Watson, Minister MacTiernan and Creative Albany secretary Cassy Turner.

Malcolm Traill, Peter Watson MLA, Minister MacTiernan, Cassy Turner

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