- Five Kimberley projects share in $673,473 Regional Economic Development (RED) Grant funding
- McGowan Government investing in agribusiness, hospitality, tourism and energy solutions
Five Kimberley projects will benefit from funding under round five of the McGowan Government’s Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program.
The McGowan Government’s RED Grants program has invested $45.8 million over eight years in local projects across Western Australia’s regions, to drive economic development and support regional communities.
Successful projects in round five will diversify the tourism and hospitality sector, support new agricultural products & services, and deliver alternative energy solutions in the region.
Generators & Off-Grid Energy Pty Ltd is receiving $176,000 to establish operations in the East Kimberley, employ eight employees and provide training for electricians to provide alternative, ‘whole system’ energy solutions for residents and businesses in the region.
Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation will use the $82,473 to build a tissue culture laboratory, and processing, packing and storage facility for their gubinge plantation. The project will also help with implementing the production of new native teas.
Indigenous-owned business Walaja Raw Bush Honey will receive $90,000 to construct a purpose-built facility in Broome to expand commercial honey production and pollination services, as well as continued employment and training of Aboriginal beekeepers.
The Carbonating the Kimberley project will receive $200,000 to construct the Kimberley’s first and only beverage manufacturing facility at the Hoochery Distillery. The project will focus on mid and zero strength alcohol products, expanding the product range and enabling additional employment.
The Kimberley Arts Network will use their $75,000 funding to repurpose an art space in Broome, which will offer training, workshops and exhibitions for the community.
Round five of the Kimberley RED Grants was announced at the manufacturing premises of Lakeside Minerals in Broome, which was funded by a previous REDs Grant of $150,000 in April this year to build their stock feed and supplement business supplying the pastoral sector across the Kimberley.