Great Southern manufacturing receives RED Grant boost

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Eleven Great Southern projects will share in more than $900,000 in funding under round three of Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants.

Gnowangerup transport equipment manufacturer Duraquip has been awarded a $160,000 grant to diversify from manufacturing transport equipment into manufacturing a new seeding bar, generating an estimated 12 new positions in the next year.

Albany-based Westerberg Aluminium Boats will receive $93,808 for an advanced Computer Numerical Control Router to streamline boat production, expand product offerings and offer training opportunities in partnership with South Regional TAFE.

The Dune Brewing Company will receive a $150,000 grant to develop a family friendly microbrewery and restaurant at Emu Point in Albany, which incorporates a playground and nature walk, featuring the culture and history of the local Menang Noongar people.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the Great Southern grants are expected to generate more than 200 jobs in the next three to five years, boosting economic growth in the region.

“Our RED Grants are continuing to deliver jobs on the ground in regional WA, and this latest round will help to drive economic diversification in the Great Southern,” Ms MacTiernan said.

“Boosting the manufacturing capacity of the Great Southern will drive long-term job creation in the region and create a solid base of economic activity in our regional capitals.

“These investments will help to revive local economies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, as we work to build long-term resilience in our regional communities.”

Albany MLA Peter Watson added: “The RED grants are a terrific initiative that are assisting local enterprises to grow and develop and become more resilient in today’s dynamic business environment.

“The Great Southern has a lot to offer and the McGowan Government is working hard with local business, industry and communities on initiatives like this to help our region to grow and thrive.”

The full list of successful Round 3 RED grant recipients for the Great Southern can be found here.

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