POLITICS

RED grants open for business

GOVERNMENT investment in community-driven projects to create jobs and boost economic growth across regional WA continues, with the opening of the second round of the Regional Economic Development (RED) grants program.

Up to $250,000 is available for individual projects that promote sustainable jobs, partnerships, productivity, skills and capability, as well as stimulate new investment in industry diversification.

Round-one investment totalled $6.38 million in 70 projects, for initiatives including tourism expansion, Aboriginal training, new industry development and agricultural diversification.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said that the government was committed to regional investment to create sustainable communities where people enjoy living and working. “RED grants have supported a diverse range of projects, from plum and hemp development in the north, to new tourism initiatives and expanded aquaculture facilities in the south,” the Minister said.

“A number of small businesses have been able to expand and upgrade their operations, providing direct benefits to their communities through new jobs and investment in long-term infrastructure. “We encourage all regional communities to look for opportunities where RED funding could boost services, expand operations and create new jobs.” The government has committed $28.8m over five years through RED grants.

Denmark Chamber of Commerce CEO Liz Jack said that this year’s program included opportunities for private sector applications. “Employment is a critical aspect of the grants, so projects must fulfill this criterion to be eligible,” Ms Jack said. “Any local business which thinks it has an eligible project should talk to the Great Southern Development Commission.” Applications for round two close on September 13.

• More information about RED grants, including guidelines and application details are at http://www.drd.wa.gov.au/rfr/REDG or can be obtained from the GSDC on 9842 4888.

or can be obtained from the GSDC on 9842 4888.

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