November 19, 2020
Business creativity, vision and diversity feature in the latest round of Regional Economic Development (RED) grants in the Kimberley.
Eight recipients will share in a total of $667,951 from Round 3 of the McGowan Government’s RED grants program.
Emama Nguda Aboriginal Corporation at Derby will use a $96,581 grant to pilot an intensive hydroponic system to produce high-quality, fresh food while generating three ongoing jobs.
R.J. Agricultural Services will pilot the production and processing of plantago from which psyllium husk is derived with a grant of $88,800. Psyllium products are highly sought globally by the health food industry, and this project will introduce the first ever Australian processing and value adding capacity.
Yiyili Community Indigenous Corporation will use their $91,256 grant to build the new publicly accessible Laarri Art Gallery, providing new opportunities to promote their culture and generate art sales.
Waringarri Arts Aboriginal Corporation will lead a co-operative project with Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency in Fitzroy Crossing, Mowanjum Art & Culture Centre in Derby, Waringarri Aboriginal Arts in Kununurra and Warmun Art using a $90,000 grant to develop new products and the business skills and capabilities of artists across the four centres.
The latest announcement of funds is in addition to the $1,559,628 approved for 18 projects in the Kimberley from the previous two rounds of RED grants.