The State Government has announced it will inject $300,000 into an ongoing regional program which will boost business confidence and create more jobs for Western Australians.
The Regional Local Content Initiative will receive the funding over three years to help regional small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) when competing for WA supply contracts.
As well as creating job opportunities in the regions, the State Government investment will also help boost local economies and improve the social well-being of regional communities.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's Local Content Advisers network will deliver the program and assist regional SME’s to create and maximise business opportunities to complement their on-going delivery of the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS).
The initiative will be rolled out across the State, including rural and remote communities as well as Aboriginal businesses and new and existing SMEs.
The funding delivers on the McGowan Government’s election commitment to maximise local content and create jobs for regional WA.
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the initiative would make regional businesses more competitive.
"This is a practical initiative that will assist regional businesses to overcome the tyranny of distance and a lack of exposure to build capacity and competitiveness,” Ms MacTiernan said.
"The initiative will help regional businesses to become and remain more competitive by boosting their capacity, capability and confidence so they can bid for contracts and tenders in the public and private sector marketplace.
"This funding will assist the DPIRD's Local Content Advisers, located in nine Regional Development Commissions across the State, to hold events, procurement training workshops, briefings, and networking forums to connect buyers and suppliers."