Seven South West projects will share in $562,602 funding under Round 6 of the Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program.
The RED Grants program is a State Government initiative investing $50.85 million over nine years toward locally driven projects that build regional business resilience and diversify the economy.
Among the successful recipients is Alpine Laundry, who will use their $150,000 grant to expand their linen cleaning services across the South West.
The funding will be used to purchase new equipment to increase washing capacity, particularly for tourism providers who currently need to have their linen washing transported to Perth and back.
Future expansion will also allow Alpine Laundry to tender for large hospital contracts, which cannot currently be undertaken at any commercial laundry in the region.
Kingston Rest Farm has been awarded $100,000 towards the development of a large-scale indoor sheep feedlot, to address demand from V&V Walsh in Bunbury to provide a consistent year-round supply of prime lamb for export.
The project will expand options for animal husbandry in the area, produce cleaner animals for processors and capture manure that can be sold as fertilizer.
South West Hops has been awarded $99,392 to increase the growth of hops on their farm through the introduction of a new processing plant.
The new infrastructure and equipment, along with its availability to other hops growers, will assist in the expansion of this industry, while also significantly increasing the capacity of the applicant to supply both fresh and pelletised hops to South West brewers.
A $64,485 grant to Boyup Brook Hotel will assist with a comprehensive redevelopment to reopen the kitchen, restaurant, bar and accommodation facilities to the public.
The project will see 10 guest rooms redeveloped to service the increased demand for accommodation by contractors, essential workers and tourists in the area.
Successful projects in Round 6 will diversify and enhance capacity in agriculture, hospitality, and manufacturing sectors across the region.
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Don Punch:
“What is really great about the RED Grants program is the way the funding enables local businesses to take that next step, unlocking growth in industry.
“Round 6 has supported a diverse range of South West projects that will diversify and enhance capacity in agriculture, hospitality, and manufacturing sectors across the region.
“I am proud of the way the Cook Government continues to support the people behind local businesses in our regions through this program. This in turn unlocks economic growth and industry diversification.”
Round 6 RED Grant recipients – South West
|Grant Applicant||Project||Grant Amount|
|Alpine Laundry||Alpine Laundry Expansion||$ 150,000|
|Goddard of Australia and Kingston Rest||Indoor Sheep Feeding||$ 100,000|
|C.H Meagher and M.E Richards||South West Hops – Processing Plant||$ 99,392|
|The Margaret River Chocolate Company||The Margaret River Chocolate Company – Expansion of existing manufacturing, sales and cafe facility||$ 85,000|
|Boyup Brook Hotel||Boyup Brook Hotel Accommodation Upgrade||$ 64,485|
|Cumbers WA for Cumbers Family Trust||Vineyard 28 – Winery Expansion||$ 49,995|
|The Foodey Collective||Foodey Ready Made||$ 13,730|