Pilbara RED Grants to diversify the regional economy

Published on Wednesday, 14 December 2022 at 1:02:00 PM

Five Pilbara projects will share in $628,281 funding under round five of the McGowan Government's Regional Economic Development (RED) grants program.

The McGowan Government's RED grants program is investing $45.8 million over eight years in local projects across WA's regions, to drive economic development and support regional communities.

Successful projects in round five will diversify the tourism sector, and support training and community projects in the Pilbara.

Mackerel Islands Pty Ltd will receive $140,000 to assist with the continuation of an exciting redevelopment of the Mackerel Islands Resort, with the construction of a robust jetty and boardwalk, connecting the jetty to accommodation on Thevenard Island.

A $99,170 grant to Karratha-based Smart Counters Pty Ltd will allow the company to develop a Smart Sort prototype machine - an innovative, automated solution to sort and count drink containers for recycling.

The Shire of East Pilbara will receive $150,000 to develop a new mobile-based app for Martumili artists, which will link to the current Pilbara East tourism app using virtual and augmented reality.

A $72,651 grant will allow Hedland Eye Care to procure and install an MEI EasyFit Trend lens edger. This state-of-the-art technology offers a compact and efficient lens edging solution - enabling the manufacture of low-cost, single-vision prescription spectacles on the same day as an eye examination - and a new industry opportunity to the Pilbara.

Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation will receive $166,460 to re-establish and recommission the hotel, bar area, and core-staff accommodation at the historic and much-loved Whim Creek Hotel.

Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

"We are committed to driving economic diversification in the Pilbara, and this latest round of innovative concepts will not only capture fresh business opportunities, but also provide employment pathways for local people throughout the region.

"Businesses and communities from right across the region benefit from these grants, which will help drive local enterprise development and growth, generating significant flow-on benefits.

"The RED grants program continues to enhance regional business opportunities and build stronger, more resilient, vital communities throughout Western Australia."

Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel:

"This latest round of the McGowan Government's RED grants brings the total number of Pilbara projects to 38, with $3,725,120 in funding allocated between them.

"These projects are helping to diversify our Pilbara economy, building the sustainability of our communities.

"It is great to see emerging businesses from across the region supported through this program, driving diversified employment opportunities in the Pilbara."

Minister's office - 6552 6200

Successful round five RED grant recipients - Pilbara

Grant Applicant Project Description Grant Amount
Shire of East Pilbara VR Artwork and Mural Trails (Newman, East Pilbara) $150,000
Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation Whim Creek Hotel Recommissioning (Whim Creek, Karratha) $166,460
Smart Counters Pty Ltd Smart Counters Research and Development, Training and Promotion Project (Karratha) $99,170
Hedland Eye Care Pty Ltd MEI EasyFit Trend lens edger (Port Hedland) $72,651
Mackerel Islands Pty Ltd Mackerel Islands Resort Development - Stage2A Thevenard Island (Ashburton) $140,000

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