The Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price has delivered the award winning, Indigenous owned and operated Kooljaman Resort in Cape Leveque a grant to go “off-grid” and cut down on their diesel fuel use.
The funding was jointly awarded through the Indigenous Entrepreneurs Fund, and the Indigenous Land Corporation.
Ms Price said the resort has received more than $227,000 to switch their power source from diesel generators costing more than $7000 per month, to using solar panels and batteries to power the resort.
“Not only does this make excellent business sense, it also demonstrates that Kooljaman Resort continues to position itself as a leader of eco and Indigenous tourism in an exceptionally beautiful remote Kimberley location” Ms Price said.
“I believe Cape Leveque is one of the most beautiful and pristine places in Australia, and that the Federal Government should do all it can to open up that area for tourism and support the community.
“Projects like this, along with the sealing of the Cape Leveque Road by the Federal Government, are helping to do just that.”
Rosanna Angus, Chair of Kooljaman at Cape Leveque said the decision had been a long time in the making.
“We are very excited to have been granted this money to purchase our batteries which will now enable us to use our many solar panels” Rosanna said.
“To date we have been spending large amounts of money on diesel to run our generators which we can now invest back into operations and infrastructure for Kooljaman Cape Leveque Wilderness Camp.
“With the road being sealed soon this will see an increase in visitor numbers and Kooljaman will now have the capacity to accommodate the higher visitor numbers coming our way.
We wish to thank Minister Price and the Indigenous Entrepreneurs Fund and the Indigenous Land Council for their support in granting us this much needed funding for which the Board of Kooljaman is very grateful for.”
The Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion said the Federal Government was providing grants to boost indigenous entrepreneurs as part of its $115 million Indigenous Entrepreneurs Package election commitment, something Labor had failed to do in its time in office.
“The Prime Minister made a commitment to doing things with Indigenous Australians, and through the Indigenous Entrepreneurs Fund we are working to support the economic aspirations of innovative Indigenous businesses particularly in regional and remote areas”, Minister Scullion said.
“This initiative complements the Federal Government’s broader Indigenous economic development agenda including our new Indigenous Procurement Policy that has resulted in over 1000 Indigenous businesses winning over $1 billion in contracts in the first 2 ½ years of the IPP.
“A spectacular success compared to the former policies under Labor, which resulted in just $6.2 million worth of contracts awarded to Indigenous businesses in 2012-13.”
Kooljaman Resort intends to start switching its power source as soon as it can order and install the batteries, hopefully for this coming Kimberley tourism season.