South West projects to create new jobs and help drive business development have received funding through the State 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.