Grants boost innovation

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel, Maggie Green, and Minister Alannah MacTiernan.
Camera IconPilbara MLA Kevin Michel, Maggie Green, and Minister Alannah MacTiernan. Credit: Alexander Scott

Pilbara businesses are set to be bolstered by a $900,000 State Government grant aimed at sparking innovation.

Ten projects driving opportunities in tourism, tech innovation, hospitality training, renewable energy, and the arts received a boost through regional economic development grants.

The recipients were announced by Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan last week at the town’s Web Business Hub.

Port Hedland technology company Tan Ninety was granted $107,387 to extend its 1TASK app, which digitises paper-based procedures, manuals, and tasks in the mining industry.

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FORM Pilbara was granted $100,000 to expand Spinifex Hill Studio in South Hedland to empower Aboriginal artists to market their work.

Tan Ninety creator Brett Ellacott said the 1TASK application would allow mining groups to bring information together on one centralised system.

“The grant will allow us to bolster our skill-sets around the app, we work with a partner based in Perth at the moment for coding, and the grant will help us bring that capability up to this area,” he said. “It will be a new skill-set for this region.”

The Karratha based Grand Central project received $145,000 to create a centralised training facility for apprentices and trainees in hospitality. Grand Central owner Bart Parsons said the grant would help build a kitchen.

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