WA’s Great Southern will receive a boost with new funding designed to create jobs, manufacturing and tourism in the region.
Eight projects in the region will receive funding totalling $797,995 as part of the second round of the McGowan Government’s Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program.
Projects include the Shire of Cranbrook’s Frankland River Accommodation Project, West Coast Analytical Services construction of a new laboratory and South Coast Natural Resource Management to develop the Seeding Great Southern Noongar Enterprises project, all worth $150,000.
Among other projects, Himac Attachments will also receive $47,148 to develop an interactive digital platform for fabrication and welding processes.
The State Government said it had committed $28.8 million over five years towards the program.
It said projects receiving funding “would directly benefit regional communities.”
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said it was investing in WA’s community.
“The McGowan Government is investing in a diverse range of projects, particularly those which will create jobs and training opportunities for young people and support the long-term growth of manufacturing and business development in the Great Southern,” Ms MacTiernan said.
“Boosting our local manufacturing capability is vital to the future economic growth and sustainability of our regional communities.”
“Projects such as the construction of modular housing and local machinery fabrication will provide wide community benefits, supporting other local businesses in the region like steel suppliers, electricians, tilers and plumbers.”
Albany MLA Peter Watson said the funding would help promote WA’s community.
“This is a great example of the McGowan Government investing in the regions, promoting small businesses and creating jobs,” he said.
“With more jobs on offer, the Great Southern becomes even more attractive for people to live and work in this stunning part of the world.”