Small and medium food and beverage manufacturers in Canning are receiving support from the Morrison Government to cut their energy costs so they can invest in their business, employ more locals and get ahead.
Through the food and beverage round of the Energy Efficient Communities program, five local businesses in Canning – Boundary Island Brewery, Wedgetail Brewing, Miami Bakehouse, Thorny Devil Brewery and Spinifex Brewery – have received grants totalling over $120,000.
The funding will help lower their energy bills and reduce emissions by upgrading to more energy efficient appliances including refrigeration, carrying out energy audits and installing energy monitoring equipment.
Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said a key way to support businesses in rebounding from the pandemic is by reducing overheads like energy.
“This investment by the Morrison Government could amount to significant savings for these businesses in the Peel region, making a noticeable difference to their bottom line,” Minister Taylor said.
“The food and beverage industry is a growing part of the Mandurah economy, and we are backing businesses to be more competitive through these grants to lower their power costs, putting more money back in their pockets and supporting the creation of new jobs in the Peel region.”
Liberal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie said the funding for local businesses in the Peel region would go a long way to cutting costs and growing jobs.
“Mandurah is growing, and with it local businesses in the food and beverage industry, but the cost of power can really hold back growth,” Mr Hastie said.
“This investment is going to help these businesses to thrive and grow, creating more jobs and opportunities for locals.”
The Energy Efficient Communities Food and Beverage Manufacturing Business Grants program opened in January 2022, for grants of between $10,000 and $25,000 available to food and beverage manufacturing businesses with under 200 employees.
A re-elected Morrison Government will continue to support small and medium businesses cut their energy costs through a new $60 million Powering Business grants program, and a $17.9 million expansion to the Business Energy Advice Program.
Only the Morrison Government has a plan to create a strong economy and a stronger future for Canning.