Nine projects across the Gascoyne that drive job opportunities, support tourism and build local arts and food experiences will share in $1.25 million through Round 2 of the State Government’s Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program.
The State Government has committed $28.8 million over five years towards the RED Grants program to support projects that will directly benefit regional communities and drive economic development in the regions.
Tidal Moon will receive $250,000 to support the Tidal Moon Sea Cucumbers project, which aims to develop a viable commercial sea cucumber business while maintaining cultural heritage and environmental stewardship in collaboration with Aboriginal communities, Mulgana (Shark Bay), Bayungu (Coral Bay/Exmouth) and Thalanyji (Onslow).
The funding will be used to assist in harvesting and drying wild sea cucumber.
Ngala Children’s Services has been awarded $150,000 to construct a new day care complex in the heart of Denham, providing ﬂexible, modern, safe and multipurpose childcare for children up to five years old.
Mandalay Holiday Resort will receive $125,000 to increase the capacity and quality of caravanning and camping experiences available in Denham and the greater Shark Bay area.
This involves the expansion of the Denham Seaside Caravan Park including an additional 55 powered caravan and camping sites, and introducing modern communal ablutions, games room and campers’ kitchen facility.
Other projects supported include funding for glamping at Bullara Station, a project to develop better tourist facilities at Mt Augustus, and an expansion of Bumbak’s Preserves and Ice-creams in Carnarvon.
DPC media statement: $1.25 million for job-creating projects in the Gascoyne