Regional Development Minister Don Punch and Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns today announced the recipients of the latest tranche of funding to be awarded through the Collie Futures Small Grants Program, supporting local-level projects that help to diversify and transition Collie’s economy.
A further three initiatives aimed at driving job creation and economic diversification have been allocated funding, building on the significant investment already made in local projects as part of setting up the South-West town for the long-term.
Project proponent WB Management will receive $100,000 towards a concept plan for the establishment of an eco-tourism accommodation project at Minninup Pool.
Small business Gibson Country Style Jerky will receive $48,600 towards the purchase of new equipment to meet demand for its product and open wholesale opportunities.
Meanwhile, a grant of $27,000 is supporting the staging of the Collie Art Prize 2023, which offers one of Australia’s richest individual art prizes. For the first time local Collie artists are among the finalists.
As part of the McGowan Government’s commitment to a Just Transition, the Collie Futures Small Grants Program has funded diverse projects ranging from tourism events such as this weekend’s Collie Labour Day Festival to small businesses such as Outback Horse Trails.