Grants for North West busi­nesses

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Tom Zaun­mayr

Grants of up to $25,000 to im­prove North West beef busi­nesses have been opened by the State Govern­ment.

Ap­proved ap­pli­cants can be re­im­bursed for a con­sul­tant to con­duct a busi­ness im­prove­ment re­view, de­velop or up­date a busi­ness plan and help im­ple­ment im­prove­ments.

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man said the grants would im­prove com­pet­i­tive­ness of pas­toral beef busi­nesses in the Kim­ber­ley and Pil­bara re­gions.

“I en­cour­age all com­mer­cial cat­tle pro­duc­ers to cap­i­talise on this fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity and cre­ate greater growth prospects for their busi­ness,” he said.

Mr Red­man said 13 com­mer­cial beef en­ter­prises had so far ac­cessed the grants for ac­tiv­i­ties re­lat­ing to herd man­age­ment, ir­ri­ga­tion and key per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors for their busi­ness.

Agri­cul­ture and Food Min­is­ter Ken Bas­ton said the new grants were part of a broader ini­tia­tive to foster mar­ket di­ver­sity, im­proved busi­ness mod­els and in­te­grated sup­ply chains.

“The North­ern Beef Fu­tures pro­ject has been sup­port­ing and work­ing with in­dus­try to cap­ture new mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties, par­tic­u­larly in Asia and the Middle East,” he said.

The grants, open un­til 5pm on April 1, are a com­po­nent of the four-year $15 mil­lion North­ern Beef Fu­tures ini­tia­tive.

Mem­ber for Durack Melissa Price.

Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Farm­ing WA North­ern Beef Fu­tures Broome op­er­a­tions man­ager An­drew Negline.

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