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Regional grants back South West tourism

Friday, 24 January 2020

Projects supporting industry expansion and bringing new tourism experiences to the Mid-West have received funding through the McGowan Government's Regional Economic Development (RED) grants.
Seven projects across the Mid-West region will share in $813,121 through Round 2 of the RED grants program.
The McGowan Government has committed $28.8 million over five years for RED grants to back projects that will directly benefit regional communities.
The Shire of Cue will use its $135,000 to construct a new six-unit building to expand its industrial area to meet demand for more facilities, particularly with two new mine sites due to open in the area in 2020, and create local job opportunities.
Fresh produce business 4 Ways Pty Ltd will receive $111,000 for an innovative project to build the resilience of the region's horticultural industry. The project will test a dam evaporation and renewable energy system for horticultural production. The system has the potential to significantly reduce valuable rainwater losses and support the businesses' production area expansion within two years.
Southerlys has been allocated $110,000 to bring a new food and beverage tourism experience to the Dongara/Port Denison area, through the installation of a microbrewery and live lobster tank at the venue. The project is set to create up to seven new local jobs.

South West projects to create new jobs and help drive business development have received funding through the McGowan Government's Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program.

Five projects across the South West are set to share in $571,826 through Round 2 of the RED grants program.

The State Government has committed $28.8 million over five years towards the highly successful program for projects which directly benefit regional communities.

Geographe Bay Brewing Company will receive $250,000 to upscale its Shelter Brewing brewery, with increased processing capacity and a 500-seat restaurant at the Busselton foreshore. The grant will support the purchase of a brewing system and canning production line to enable the sale of packaged beer from the venue for national and international markets.

Further investment in the region's craft brewing industry will see $150,000 to establish Brugan Brewery as part of the Wokalup Tavern refurbishment. The project will pay homage to the Wokalup Tavern's historical beginning and reference to the Mornington Mill, while encompassing a modern industrial brewery for the Bunbury-Geographe area.

Vasse Valley hemp has been allocated $50,000 to develop the first large-scale commercial hemp seed processing facility in Western Australia, incorporating leading technology for the processing and roasting of hemp seed for food products.

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