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RED Grants driving diversification in the Pilbara

Apr 9, 2019

The Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan MLC, and Member for Pilbara Kevin Michel MLA, centre, flanked by representatives from Pilbara organisations that received Regional Economic Development grant recipients in the current funding round.

Boosting tourism development to bring more visitors to the Pilbara region and creating opportunities for new industries are the key focus for projects funded through the State Government's Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program.

The State Government has allocated $23.9 million over four years to the RED Grants program, administered by the nine Regional Development Commissions, providing $690,455 to the Pilbara region in the first round.

Eight Pilbara projects will receive RED grants, set to create an estimated 60 new jobs in the region over five years.

The Government will provide $50,000 towards a feasibility study for a hot dip galvanising plant based in Karratha, which would expand the capabilities of local fabrication and engineering companies and allow local businesses to become more competitive in resources industry projects.

Three projects will receive funding that will directly contribute to the development of new tourism opportunities in the Pilbara.

The North West Brewing Company Pty Ltd will receive $185,000 towards the construction of a microbrewery in Karratha that will investigate using bush foods to create a beer flavour unique to the region.

Tabba Tabba Pty Ltd is proposing a start-up Aboriginal owned and operated tourism business, Pilbara Tours, servicing the north-east Pilbara with $150,000 in grant funding allocated.

A diverse range of new tour opportunities will be available including resource-focused tours of local salt and lithium mining, beef production, land-based fishing and Aboriginal cultural and nature-based experiences.

Offering land and sea adventures at Point Samson is the focus of the Point Samson Adventure Rentals project which will receive $60,000. The funding will assist to expand the current The Cove Holiday Village to offer visitors opportunities for kayaking, diving, snorkelling, fishing and bike adventures.

Read the Minister for Regional Development's full statement here.

To find out more about grant and funding opportunities in the Pilbara visit this page.

The full list of successful RED Grants projects for the Pilbara region in 2019 are as follows:

ApplicantProjectFunding
North West Brewing Company Pty LtdNorth West Brewing Company$185,000
City of KarrathaSeven Mile Landfill Composting Trial$100,000
Tabba Tabba Pty LtdPilbara Tours 4WD Bus$150,000
Cove Holiday VillagePoint Samson Adventure Rentals$60,000
Marnda Advanced Coatings Pty LtdFeasibility study for Marnda Galvanising Facility$50,000
Pilbara Solar Pty LtdBuilding Solar Capacity for Remote Indigenous Communities$50,000
Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal CorporationYindjibarndi Interactive Media Cultural Awareness Training$50,000
Association for Sustainability in Business IncorporatedDeveloping Northern Australia Conference - 2019$45,455

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