Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan
Regional New Industries Fund Grants Driving Northern Innovation
Victor P Taffa
- 2 grants from McGowan Government’s $4.5 Million Regional New Industries Fund to drive innovation in northern Western Australia
Business innovation in the North-West has been given a boost with almost $200,000 in grants from the McGowan Government’s Regional New Industries Fund.
“Supporting emerging businesses in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne is absolutely critical to diversifying our northern economies.” Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan said.
“These investments will help small to medium sized enterprises overcome some of the challenges in the region to pursue opportunities that will generate flow-on benefits in their communities.”
Latest grants from the fund have been awarded to 2 recipients to drive innovation and economic diversification in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne.
Grants are designed to accelerate small to medium enterprise growth and economic development in the regions, where scale and diversity are limited.
“I congratulate the recipients, all of who have shown incredible entrepreneurship and commitment to the regions. These projects will have a multiplier effect in their communities and I can’t wait to see how they progress.” Minister for Innovation and ICT Dave Kelly said.
“By working together and building lasting relationships between industry, the research sector and Government, Western Australia’s regional businesses will be well placed to compete in a global market.”
WEB Business Hub and Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce will receive $100,000 to develop a ‘shark tank’ program to foster innovation and assist new emerging business enterprises in partnership with Pilbara innovation hubs and chambers of commerce in Karratha, Hedland, Newman and Onslow.
Impact Seed will receive $92,000 to develop a pilot to incubate emerging and Aboriginal social enterprises in the West Kimberley and the Gascoyne.