Five Great Southern Projects to Share $564,500 in RED Grants
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan visited Albany’s Historic Whaling Station in Kinjarling / Albany to announce the fifth round of Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants for the Great Southern on Friday 9 December 2022. Five Great Southern Projects were funded, sharing a total of $564,500 of State Government Funding.
The RED Grants program is a $45.8 million (over eight years) State Government initiative that invests in locally driven projects stimulating economic growth and development in Western Australia’s nine regions.
Broomehill Village Co-operative received a $151,000 RED grant for the refurbishment of the historic two-story hotel in Broomehill. The project is set to increase worker and tourist accommodation in the upper Great Southern.
A $150,000 grant is supporting Direct Seeding Harvesting Equipment to acquire a laser cutting machine, taking a production process currently being outsourced out of the region, into their Great Southern business operations.
MCC Contractors were awarded a $149,000 RED grant to grow the region’s civil construction industry capacity. This project will enable the service, repair, and fabrication of machinery components for their operation, and other operations in the Great Southern.
$64,250 worth of funding will contribute to the upgrade of the amphitheater at Albany’s Historic Whaling Station tourism precinct. The Jaycees Community Foundation project plans to address market gaps in affordable and available access to performance venues and supporting local ‘made in WA’ performing arts networks.
Aboriginal economic development receives a boost with a $50,250 RED grant being announced for The McGovern Foundation’s Great Southern Wanderer Program. Addressing a major barrier for maintaining stable employment for young indigenous people in the regions, this unique driver mentor program aims to help young people obtain and maintain their driver’s license.