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Nov 13, 2020

Representatives of Pilbara Round 3 RED Grants projects with the Member for Pilbara and Minister for Regional Development in Karratha. Photo: Marg Bertling, Pilbara SITE Pics.

Representatives of Pilbara Round 3 RED Grant recipients pose with the Minister for Regional Development and Member for Pilbara in Port Hedland.

The Pilbara has been given a boost with the announcement of the latest round of Regional Economic Development (RED) grants to stimulate business growth and jobs in the region.

Ten recipients will share in a total of $797,544 from Round 3 of the RED grants program announced today.

The Onyx Group will receive a $100,000 grant towards establishing a marine tour and charter business to showcase the Dampier Archipelago and capture high-end tourism opportunities, creating four new jobs and at least seven part-time opportunities, including Aboriginal traineeships.

Karratha's EcoMag will receive $97,921 towards its project to process and rehabilitate hypersaline waste brines produced by Australian solar salt and potash operations, to produce ultra-high purity magnesium compounds for sale into international specialty chemicals and pharmaceutical markets.

A $96,581 grant to Karratha-based North West Recycling will allow the company to expand its service to Onslow, Roebourne and Pannawonica, generating employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal youth and people with disability.

A $50,000 grant to the Kariyarra Aboriginal Corporation in Port Hedland will enable a feasibility study and business case to be prepared on the commercial and technical viability of recycling end-of-life conveyor belts from the region's mining industry.

The latest announcement of funds is in addition to the $1.59 million approved for 18 projects in the Pilbara from the previous two rounds of RED grants.

The State Government recently committed an additional $5 million to extend the RED grant program for another year, with a total of $33.8 million to be disseminated to regional communities over the six-year period of 2018-19 to 2023-24.

Successful Round 3 RED grant projects for the Pilbara:




Onyx Group


Archipelago Adventures - to establish a marine tour and charter business showcasing the bays and islands of the Dampier Archipelago and the surrounding coastline.




Magnesium salt flowsheet development - to undertake laboratory and pilot test work and employ engineering services for the process plant design.


North West Recycling


Mobile refund point - to expand the Karratha service to Onslow, Roebourne and Pannawonica and diversify into other recyclable goods.


Reef Craft

(Dampier Archipelago)

Reef Ark Dampier - to develop a coral farm and support reef restoration and rehabilitation of marine environments.


Pilbara Tourism Association


Warlu Way Travel - to develop an interpretive app for the Warlu Way Trail tourist drive through the North-West.


Ngarliyarndu Bindirri Aboriginal Corporation


Yirramagardu Crew - to re-establish the Roebourne employment agency to develop participants' skills and capabilities and overcome barriers to employment.


Marlpa Waste Logistics


Community Cyclone Recovery - to expand an existing Aboriginal owned and managed business and provide green waste services to remote Aboriginal communities.


Kariyarra Aboriginal Corporation

(Port Hedland)

Recycling mining conveyor belts - to undertake a feasibility study and business case for recycling end-of-life conveyer belts from the mining industry.


Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce

(Port Hedland)

WEB Business Hub Digital and Technology Skills - to deliver a six-month coding training program to encourage women into careers in technology.


Ngurra Kujungka

(Martu Communities)

Martu Recreation Officer and training program - to train and employ 10 part-time Martu recreation officers from Western Desert communities.


Read the Minister's full statement here.


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