Pilbara tourism, industry projects share in almost $700k funding

Alicia PereraPilbara News
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan with the successful Pilbara recipients of the Regional Economic Development Grants.
Camera IconRegional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan with the successful Pilbara recipients of the Regional Economic Development Grants. Credit: Pilbara News, Alicia Perera

A suite of projects geared at driving tourism and developing new industry in the Pilbara have been awarded almost $700,000 funding in an inaugural set of State Government grants.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan visited Karratha today to announce eight Pilbara recipients of the Regional Economic Development Grants, a new funding program for community-driven projects aimed at stimulating economic growth and development in regional WA.

The successful organisations — which include start-ups, established businesses and local government —will share in a total of $690,455 funding.

Ms MacTiernan said the grants would kickstart further economic diversification in the region.

“The Pilbara is in a unique position to diversify its economic growth from the traditional mining and resources sector and develop into a recognised tourism destination in WA,” she said.

“The RED Grants provide the opportunity to focus on community-led projects which will boost our regional economy, create jobs and add vibrancy to towns.”

The successful grant recipients are —

  • North West Brewing Company Pty Ltd: $185,000 to establish the North West Brewing Company.
  • Tabba Tabba Pty Ltd: $150,000 for a Pilbara Tours 4WD bus.
  • City of Karratha: $100,000 for the Seven Mile Landfill Composting Trial.
  • Cove Holiday Village: $60,000 for Point Samson Adventure Rentals.
  • Marnda Advanced Coatings Pty Ltd : $50,000 for a feasibility study for the Marnda Galvanising Facility.
  • Pilbara Solar Pty Ltd: $50,000 for the Building Solar Capacity for Remote Indigenous Communities project.
  • Juluwarlu Group Aboriginal Corporation: $50,000 for Yindjibarndi Interactive Media Cultural Awareness Training.
  • Association for Sustainability in Business Incorporated: $45,455 towards the Developing Northern Australia Conference 2019.

For more, see next week’s issue of the Pilbara News.

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