Mill owner queries Collie Future Fund grant allocation
Collie businessman Jason Malatesta has questioned how the grants are being allocated as part of the Collie Futures Fund.
Of the $20 million fund, nearly $900,000 has so far been allocated to 11 applicants since September.
Mr Malatesta operates Malatesta and Sons Sawmill and thought he would have been well-placed to use a grant as an already established business.
“My business is going OK but like every business in Collie I’m having some struggles,” he said.
“The Government is throwing a bit of money around to help established business, I applied for that but got knocked back and was never really given a reason.”
The sawmill has operated for more than 60 years and Mr Malatesta has owned it for two.
He said he had worked hard to build the business back up after it went downhill for a short period.
“I’ve invested everything I’ve got in this town and this mill to help those boys working out there,” he said.
South West Development Commission acting chief executive officer Rebecca Ball said it was inevitable that some applicants would miss out when grants were made available.
“We encourage anyone interested in funding to apply through the range of grants programs being offered by the State Government,” she said.
“Our team is also happy to work with unsuccessful applicants to explore future funding options — and we encourage people to get in touch.”
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