Grant allows Maker and Co to continue with worthwhile programs

Stuart McguckinSouth Western Times
Bunbury MLA Don Punch discusses the grants with Maker + Co's Craig Holland and Colette McEntee.
Camera IconBunbury MLA Don Punch discusses the grants with Maker + Co's Craig Holland and Colette McEntee. Credit: Stuart McGuckin

Maker and Co owners Craig Holland and Colette McEntee are excited to put their grant funding to good use.

The Bunbury business received just over $40,000 of Regional Economic Development funding to put towards its programs this year.

“We hope it creates a bit more a community around Maker and Co and then create opportunities for that community,” Mr Holland said.

“It’s going to strengthen the program we roll out this year – we can really leverage what is already in place and get some exciting things that benefit attendees, individuals, businesses and start-ups.”

Ms McEntee said the grant would be particularly helpful to some of their technological programs.

“Our South West Web Girls program is about teaching women and girls to code to close a gender gap in that industry,” she said.

“Boosted is another one, which is about connecting local businesses with international technology experts.

“Some of it will allow us to support our regular community meet ups.”

Mr Holland said investment into “potential” was something that could not always be counted on when people were purely focused on profit.

“What we do here is try and create something out of potential,” he said.

“It’s about creating opportunity and that’s where this funding is absolutely essential.”

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