Grants spur growth opportunity for regional agrifood businesses

  • $4.2 million awarded through Round Two of the McGowan Government’s Value Add Agribusiness Investment Attraction Fund
  • Funding announced to support 24 food and beverage manufacturers and value-add processors across Western Australia and create more than 150 jobs 
  • The McGowan Government will provide $4.2 million to support an array of value-adding opportunities for regional food and beverage businesses that will grow jobs across the State.

    Twenty-four food and beverage manufacturers and value-add processors across the State have been announced today as successful recipients under the Value Add Agribusiness Investment Attraction Fund’s second funding round.

    The grants will support regional expansion, diversification, de-risking and technology investment activities, from the South Coast to the Kimberley.

    Projects range from new honey processing and packaging equipment in the Great Southern to the expansion of a canola oil plant in the Wheatbelt and seafood processing improvements at Denham.

    The grants are expected to generate a co-investment of $9.9 million and create an estimated 150 jobs in the regions.

    A full list of grant recipients is available at https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/VAAIAFrecipients

    As stated by Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

    “The Value Add Agribusiness Investment Attraction Fund is helping to create jobs and drive the economic growth and capability of our agrifood sector here in WA.

    “The breadth of projects which have been successful under this funding round is testament to the diversity, ingenuity and commitment of our food and beverage producers in Western Australia.

    “The grants will enable these businesses to more confidently invest in new projects, technology or expansion opportunities.

    “The grants apply across a range of sectors, including premium food and beverages, horticulture, meat and livestock, grains, aquaculture and seafood.

    “We are pleased to see there have been strong outcomes from the first round of this fund in bringing forward investment in our regions, subsequently helping businesses expand and employ more people.”

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