Grants to deliver Great Southern projects

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Nine Great Southern projects will share more than $700,000 in State Government funding through Regional Economic Development (RED) grants announced in March by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan.

The announcement followed a grants application process conducted in 2018. The successful grant applicants for the Great Southern are:

  • Alzheimer’s Australia WA for a dementia specialist respite cottage – $200,000
  • National Trust of Australia for improving visitor accessibility and amenity at the Old Farm Strawberry Hill – $191,964
  • City of Albany for its Albany Town Hall redevelopment – $100,000
  • Gondwana Link for working with biodiversity and cultural values to stimulate inland economies and communities in the Great Southern – $84,212
  • Albany Hospice for a store and studio to recycle, up-cycle and design – $39,068
  • Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup to auspice Great Southern Treasures in tourism enabling and capacity building – $37,382
  • Shire of Katanning for tourism attraction and development – $35,960
  • Great Southern Tourism Events for Taste Great Southern 2019 – $25,000
  • Sustain: The Australian Food Network for the Food for Thought Festival – $10,000

Minister MacTiernan and Albany MLA Peter Watson visited Albany to make the announcement in the Albany Town Hall before an audience including representatives of the successful grant applicants. The Minister and Mr Watson are pictured above with Alzheimer’s Australia WA Chief Executive Officer Rhonda Parker (second from left) and Hawthorn House Team Leader Lorraine Benson.

During the announcement, the Minister flagged the prospect of a second round of RED grants and urged organisations to be prepared to apply. The GSDC received 29 applications for funding in the first round of grants.

The RED grants program is a State Government initiative that invests in community driven projects to stimulate economic growth and development in regional Western Australia. The grants support individual projects that promote sustainable jobs, partnerships, productivity, skills and capability, as well as stimulate new investment and industry diversification.

The State Government’s Royalties for Regions program invested $22.5 million towards the RED Grants program as part of the 2018/19 State Budget. An amount of $6.3 million was allocated for the first round of RED Grants to be evenly split across Western Australia’s nine Regional Development Commissions.

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