Regional Economic Development grants

Group of grant recipients with Minister for Regional Development

The third round of successful RED Grants for the Great Southern was announced on Friday 9 October by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan. Eleven Great Southern projects were funded, sharing a total of $911,634 of State Government funding to deliver more than $4 million in total project value.

Round 3: Opened 12 May 2020 and closed 7 July 2020

Congratulations to the successful recipients.

Applicant Project Funding
Beaufort River Meats Fire hydrant and ring main system installation for extension of cutting room $82,000
Dune Beer Company Family friendly microbrewery and restaurant at Emu Point, incorporating a playground and nature walk featuring Noongar culture and history $150,000
Beck and Call Coffee Coffee micro-roastery supplying local hospitality businesses, a unique cellar door experience for tourists and a barista training academy $89,945
Westerberg Aluminium Boats Advanced Computer Numerical Control Router to diversify and streamline boat production, expand product offerings and offer training opportunities in partnership with Southern Regional TAFE $93,808
Duraquip Sheet metal fabrication diversification from manufacturing transport equipment to include production of a seeding bar at Gnowangerup $160,000
Bremer Bay Brewing Company Upscale and renovation to install three new fermenters and storeroom conversion to accommodate increased tourist and local demand $80,000
Albany Classic Motorsport Club Round the Houses pedestrian bridge to enable entry and exit to the centre of the two-day event in Albany $27,000
Taste Great Southern 2021 Food, wine and produce events to promote local produce, businesses and tourism in the Great Southern $15,000
WA Meat Marketing Cooperative Water Regeneration project installing a reverse osmosis water treatment plant to reallocate potable water to a second processing shift to expand capacity at its Katanning site $80,000
Raintree Solutions The DAM Agri-tourism showcase establishing a restaurant, cellar door and small goods processing facility west of Denmark $53,000
Shire of Katanning Destination Development Project to elevate the capacity of Katanning and surrounds to provide tourist ready experiences and cohesive marketing programs to attract tourists and provide quality visitor experiences $80,881

The Regional Economic Development Grants (RED Grants) program is a $28.8 million (over five years) State Government initiative that invests in local projects to stimulate economic growth and development in regional Western Australia.

It is part of the State Government’s job-creating Royalties for Regions investment across regional WA.

Delivered locally by the State's nine Regional Development Commissions, up to $200,000 is available for individual projects that:

  • Contribute to sustainable jobs
  • Expand or diversify industry
  • Develop skills and capability
  • Attract new investment
  • Maximise recovery from COVID-19 impacts to the region.

The grants will boost investment in local regional projects that contribute to population and economic growth initiatives and innovation pilots, and importantly, are driven by the community.

Applications are now closed for Round 3 of RED Grants. 

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

Applications are assessed on a competitive basis within the region, on alignment with the Great Southern’s regional priorities and/or demonstration of an economic diversification and employment growth outcome:

  • Jobs, Economic Growth and Diversification
  • Essential Infrastructure and Services
  • Community and Environment
  • Knowledge and Innovation

For more information, to discuss a proposal or to be notified of future funding rounds for RED Grants in the Great Southern, please email the GSDC or phone 9842 4888.

To discuss the Local Content outcomes to be achieved with your project, please contact Local Content Adviser Charlotte McIntyre by email or on 9842 4888.

Ministerial announcements:

Round 1: Opened 14 September 2018 and closed 2 November 2018

Congratulations to successful recipients who shared more than $700,000 in Round 1.

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

Round 2: Opened 11 July 2019 and closed 13 September 2019

Congratulations to successful recipients who shared more than $790,000 in Round 2.

Applicant Project Funding
Shire of Cranbrook Frankland River Accommodation Project $150,000
West Coast Analytical Services New laboratory $150,000
South Coast Natural Resource Management Seeding Great Southern Noongar Enterprises $149,860
Woodlands Distillery Development of a micro-distillery $98,660
Dellendale Creamery Construction of a ripening cellar for cheese $76,177
Albany Seafoods Factory extension and restoration $75,000
Monty’s Leap Winery Monty’s Leap Winery Rustic Wedding Venue project $51,150
Himac Attachments Manufacturing digital infrastructure $47,148

For more GSDC funding activities, visit the Local Projects Local Jobs page.