Capes export businesses gain from State Government funds

Warren HatelyAugusta Margaret River Times
Margaret River Dairy Co cheesemakers Roger Reynolds and Anna Baguley.
Camera IconMargaret River Dairy Co cheesemakers Roger Reynolds and Anna Baguley. Credit: Supplied

More Capes businesses are benefiting from an innovative State Government program helping drive exports and growth.

The latest round of the agrifood and beverage voucher scheme injected cash into a range of producers from Eagle Bay to Augusta this week.

Among the recipients were abalone growers Rare Foods Australia, the resurrected Margaret River Dairy Company, and Eagle Bay Brewery.

Also in the mix were Eagle Bay Brewing, Busselton’s Forestland Springs, Wills Domain, Rocky Ridge Brewing Company and Margaret River’s The Cheeky Cow.

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For most operators, the funding would go towards business planning and sustainable expansion as well as social responsibility targets seen as crucial for expanding industries.

Rare Foods Australia corporate development executive director Brad Adams told the Times his Augusta-based company was pleased to score their $10,000 grant.

“RFA is strongly focused on being a sustainable and environmentally healthy business that positively impacts the environment and ecosystems it surrounds,” he said.

“It is important to define how we are going to capture and report on our ESG practices and responsibilities.

“The $10,000 agrifood beverage voucher will assist us to clearly outline certain responsibilities in developing up our ESG framework and then reporting to that framework.”

The $10,000 awarded to the Margaret River Dairy Company comes just as operations start anew at the Metricup base.

“The matched contribution grant will enable us to undertake strategic planning as we position ourselves for business growth and ensure that we are ready to capitalise on new market opportunities,” site manager Beth Beard said.

The funds came from more than $470,000 dished out Statewide in the latest round, according to Food and Agriculture Minister Jackie Jarvis.

“This voucher program has successfully helped hundreds of WA agrifood and beverage businesses to diversify and grow over the past six years,” she said.

“Our vision is for a strong economy for all Western Australians and this Cook Government investment will mean more local processing and manufacturing as well as more local jobs.”

The program has delivered more than $1.39 million since 2018 and attracted matched funding of $2m.

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