Gov­ern­ment fund boosts busi­ness

Great Southern Herald - - News - Sjanna San­dalova

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Bros­nan

Rick Wil­son, Shire of Katan­ning chief ex­ec­u­tive Ju­lian Mur­phy and projects and com­mu­nity build­ing ex­ec­u­tive man­ager Sam Davis meet in Katan­ning.

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