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Western Australian communities affected by dairy deregulation to share in $14.2 million federal funding.



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HON WARREN TRUSS MP MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY

AFFA02/121WT                                                                               31 May 2002

 

Western Australian communities affected by dairy deregulation to share in $14.2 million Federal funding

Communities affected by State government deregulation of the Australian dairy industry will receive a $14.2 million boost under the seventh funding round of the Federal Government’s Dairy Regional Assistance Program (Dairy RAP), the Federal Agriculture Minister, Warren Truss, announced today.

Mr Truss said the $14.2 million would fund 55 projects in dairy dependent communities across Australia to help boost job opportunities and deliver other significant, long-term economic benefits. Two of the projects are in Western Australia.

“The Dairy RAP projects will help create real jobs in those communities and also help lever $53 million in private sector investment,” Mr Truss said.

The two WA projects include one to market organic produce and one to market the ‘Harvest Highway’ concept in the State’s south west.

“Dairy RAP helps stimulate investment in communities that need extra support, because of lost economic activity caused by dairy industry deregulation,” Mr Truss said.

“The key to its success is that it supports communities working for prosperous and sustainable futures by backing practical projects based on their own ideas and initiative.

“The Government firmly believes that communities are best placed to know the types of projects that suit their particular needs and circumstances.  It also means that the 55 projects funded in this round have significant local community support and will deliver practical economic and social benefits to communities in need.”

Mr Truss also acknowledged the contribution of local area consultative committees (ACCs) in helping many Dairy RAP applicants develop their funding proposals.

“The ACCs can help turn good ideas into successful funding proposals and, hopefully, projects that will provide long-term employment opportunities and economic benefits to dairy communities across the country,” he said.

“Today’s $14.2 million boost reinforces the Federal Coalition Government’s on-going commitment to ensuring dairy communities suffering the short-term affects of industry deregulation receive the support they need to boost local job and business growth.”

Information on each of the two Western Australian projects is attached.

Dairy Regional Assistance Program

Western Australian project summaries Round 7 2001/2002

Project: Organic Industry Development Project. Funding: $94,790. Location: South West Western Australia.

The funding will expand the organic foods industry in dairy communities throughout the State’s south west. The project will identify and secure markets for local organic produce, establish a range of regionally branded products and deliver a coordinated marketing strategy for the region’s growers. It will help processors to diversify into value-added organic products, creating more jobs and providing economic benefits. Contact: Mr Graham Hodgson, South West Area Consultative Committee (08) 9791 4552 or 0418 617 798

Project: Harvest Highway Development Project. Funding: $95,480.

Location: South West Western Australia.

The funding will market the South Western Highway as the ‘Harvest Highway’, promoting the attractions and fresh produce along its 423 kilometres. The project will increase employment opportunities by promoting industry-based tourism. It will also provide business and marketing skills training for up to 60 people in dairy communities. They will be known as the highway’s “ambassadors”. Contact: Mr Graham Hodgson, South West Area Consultative Committee (08) 9791 4552 or 0418 617 798

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