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Parliamentary Questions


Question Without Notice No. 950 asked in the Legislative Council on 18 October 2022 by Hon Sophia Moermond

Parliament: 41 Session: 1

INDUSTRIAL HEMP

950. Hon SOPHIA MOERMOND to the Minister for Regional Development:

I refer to the industrial hemp grants scheme, administered by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

(1) What time frames were the grants open for applications?

(2) What was the total number of projects funded?

(3) To what value were these projects funded?

(4) Were all projects completed within the required time frame or were extensions granted?

(5) What was the total private investment value in these projects?

(6) Does the government have any intention to continue the industrial hemp grants scheme or any grant scheme specifically related to only industrial hemp research and development or processing?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question.

(1) The applications were open from 2 November 2018 to 30 November 2018.

(2) There were five. One additional business was provided in-kind contribution facilities in the form of accommodation at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's South Perth office.

(3) The total value of the grants was $332 627.

(4) No; some extensions were granted. All grants have since been completed and acquitted.

(5) The matched private contribution was $1 978 319 cash plus $306 834 in-kind contribution from collaborators.

(6) We are continuing to support industrial hemp trials and research. I think the member asked a question just last week and I outlined the funding that is continuing. I have just explained that this was a very special round that we held specifically for that industry, because we have just changed the legislation to give it more room, so we wanted to give it a bit of a kickstart. We do not have a specialised hemp grant proposed, but it is important to note that ongoing projects are receiving grants from various grant schemes, such as regional economic development grants, agriculture value-add investment grants, Collie Futures and Agrifood and Beverage Vouchers, so there is plenty of support available for the industry.