In exciting news, the Noongar communities of Tambellup and Gnowangerup have been given a real boost, with the Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan announcing them as successful recipients of Round 4 of the Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants.
Through this generous program, South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc. is proud to partner with the WA Government and Great Southern Development Commission to support the development of Noongar enterprises.
Seeding the Great Southern is a collaborative project between South Coast NRM, Tambellup Aboriginal Progress Association and Gnowangerup Aboriginal Corporation. Funding through Round 2 of the RED grants in 2020 supported the establishment of facilities for native seed collection and propagation of native seedlings, as well as training and mentoring within the Noongar communities. Continued funding through Round 4 means these facilities – a commercial grade seed tunnel in Tambellup and a fully functioning nursery in Gnowangerup – can be progressed into viable economic enterprises.
Thank you, Alannah MacTiernan, for supporting the Seeding the Great Southern initiative and for enabling Noongar communities to capitalise on the demand for native seeds and seedlings. Through continued hard work, these enterprises will provide valuable training and employment while assisting carbon and biodiversity revegetation projects across the Great Southern Region ? That’s a win for all!
Congratulations also to the other worthy recipients of RED Grants – Venco Products, Aspect Modular, Badgebup Aboriginal Corporation and Albany Business Centre.
IMAGE: from left Justin Bellanger (CEO South Coast NRM ), Sharon Miniter, Robbie Miniter (Chairperson Gnowangerup Aboriginal Corporation), Minister Alannah MacTiernan.
IMAGE: from left Minister Alannah MacTiernan with Frederick Warren and Robbie Miniter (both Gnowangerup Aboriginal Corporation), on a recent tour of the Gnowangerup nursery.