City of Karratha

City grant schemes support local business sector

06 Sep 2019

More than $136,000 in grant funding was awarded to local businesses in June and July.

The Take Your Business Online grant scheme offers local businesses financial assistance of up to $5000 matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis to improve their digital capacity and online presence with the aim of increasing competitiveness, innovation and efficiency.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said Council had supported 32 applications from local businesses valued at $105,000 since the grant scheme’s introduction in 2016.

“This grant scheme aligns with the City’s Economic Development Strategy to support local small and medium businesses to grow, which creates jobs and increased access to local goods and services therefore enhancing the liveability of the City of Karratha,” Cr Long said.

“Council endorsed 17 successful applications in June, which will benefit from $54,509 allocated in the 2019/20 budget.

“The successful applicants were Biz Elevation, Bulla Baby, Focus HR Consulting, Hurley Architecture and Planning, Pilbara Sheds, Playful Little Learners, Postie Bike Adventures, Sahasi Mahila Treks, Point Samson Adventure Rentals, the Sage Society, Tourism Naturally, Karratha Social Co, NEAP Tackle, Balance Fitness and Nutrition, Wild Bohemian, Golden Lights Healing and Good Health for Great Life.”

A number of activities designed to support local business also gained funded in July.

The City’s Business Development Support grant scheme provides funding to assist local not-for-profit groups, collaborators and organisations to develop and deliver projects that will result in economic benefits for the City of Karratha.

“Council recognises local businesses play an important role in our community and supports initiatives to strength, diversify and enhance the local business economy and businesses capacity,” Cr Long said.

“This scheme has supported 27 functions valued at more than $277,500 since the scheme was established in 2016.”

Council endorsed seven successful applications in July, which will benefit from $81,500 allocated in the 2019/20 budget.

The Karratha Chamber of Commerce and Industry will deliver the 2019 Business Excellence Awards, 2019/20 Pilbara Indigenous Business Network, 2020 Career Expo, 2020 Pilbara Business Boot Camp and Rare Birds Workshop Series, while the Pilbara Tourism Association will deliver a workshop aimed at improving tourism businesses and providing mentoring and support.

Further information is available at https://karratha.wa.gov.au/small-and-medium-business-support