Government fund boosts business
The Federal Government will invest more than $850,000 in Great Southern community projects.
The Shire of Katanning has secured $20,000 for a Business Activation Programme, as part of six projects in total to receive support from the Community Investments Stream of the Building Better Regions Fund.
The program will help to develop a clear direction for the town’s business community through activities including a strategic plan and a desktop review of the local business environment.
The South West Catchments Council will also receive $26,000 to run three conferences for Talkin' Soil Health 2018, one of which will be held in Katanning. The event will educate up to 50 landholders to increase knowledge and skills for adopting innovative and sustainable agricultural practices.
Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the overall investment throughout the Great Southern was an excellent result for the region, given only one in three applications Australia-wide was successful. The Shire of Katanning, in partnership with the Katanning Regional Business Association, put forward the application for a Business Activation Programme, which is now in progress.
“This program is all about encouraging growth and development in regional communities,” Mr Wilson said.
Rick Wilson, Shire of Katanning chief executive Julian Murphy and projects and community building executive manager Sam Davis meet in Katanning.