In­jec­tion for ru­ral em­ploy­ment projects

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

THE Queens­land Gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to sup­port ru­ral busi­nesses through its $10 mil­lion Ru­ral Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Grants pro­gram.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­tural In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment and Fish­eries, Mark Furner, said the RED Grants were avail­able to help fund agri­cul­tur­al­re­lated projects that could gen­er­ate em­ploy­ment.

“Up to $250,000 is avail­able as a match­ing co-con­tri­bu­tion to suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants,” Mr Furner said

He said ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est re­ceived to date rep­re­sent a wide range of agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries.

“Pro­pos­als so far for this ini­tial round have come from sec­tors such as live­stock, hor­ti­cul­ture and aqua­cul­ture,” he said.

“Some projects are look­ing to value-add ex­ist­ing ru­ral busi­nesses, while oth­ers are look­ing to de­velop new prod­ucts for do­mes­tic or ex­port mar­kets.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the RED Grants, in­clud­ing pro­gram guide­lines and the ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est form, visit the QRIDA web­site www. qrida.qld.gov.au/red­grants or phone 1800 623 946.

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