Regional Economic Development Grants Round 2 information session held in Northam

July 26, 2019 at 3:52 PM

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As announced by Minister MacTiernan earlier this month, Round 2 of the State Government’s Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program is now open. The five year initiative will see $28.85 million invested in regional WA to stimulate economic growth and is delivered through the nine Regional Development Commissions. 

The WDC held an information session for potential applicants on 19 July at the Riverside Hotel in Northam. Gavin Robins, WDC CEO welcomed guests and introduced the Hon Darren West MLC, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Regional Development; and Member for the Agricultural Region. 

Mr West spoke about the work that the State Government is doing in the regions and explained how the RED Grants program aligns with the Government’s vision for future growth. Mr West highlighted the diversity of the Round 1 funded projects. 

Chris Davidson, the owner of Misty Ridge Plant Farm, Wundowie, spoke about his experience as a Round 1 RED Grant recipient. The Misty Ridge Plant Farm received $42,990 for their Inland Desalination for Sustainable Water Resource project. Mr Davidson explained that the project will trial a new method of disposing of the saline by-product of inland desalination. The highly innovative project will take brackish water from a bore, transfer the water through underground pipework to a reverse osmosis unit and dispose the waste water into a confined underground rock structure known as a dolerite dyke. 

Mr Davidson encouraged anyone thinking of applying to do so and thanked the State Government and the Wheatbelt Development Commission for their assistance in the development of the project. Reflecting on what the project means for his business, Mr Davidson said that accessing an alternative water source will reduce the water bills and give Misty Ridge Plant Farm the opportunity to expand in the future. 

Elise Woods, WDC Regional Manager, Avon, went through the Guidelines, highlighting the Program’s objectives, eligibility and assessment criteria. Ms Woods also explained that potential applicants are advised to contact the Wheatbelt Development Commission to discuss their proposal prior to submitting an application. 

“The information session was a great opportunity for the Commission to connect with and assist potential applicants and for us all to hear from Chris Davidson about his experience with the RED Grants Program and what it has done for his business. The ability of the RED Grants Program to really assist the development of Wheatbelt businesses in innovative ways, has been highlighted tonight.” Said Mr Robins. 

Round 2 RED Grants close on 13 September, for more information including the Guidelines and the Wheatbelt regional priorities, click here. 

To discuss your proposal, please contact the Wheatbelt Development Commission on 9622 7222 or email royaltiesforregions@wheatbelt.wa.gov.au.

 

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