Regional Development Australia - Wheatbelt
An Australian Government Initiative

Entrepreneurial Innovation in the Wheatbelt Report

The Wheatbelt region is home to high levels of innovation with Chittering, Toodyay and Northam Shires identified as innovation hotspots, according to a new report commissioned by Regional Development Australia Wheatbelt.
 
The Entrepreneurial Innovation in the Wheatbelt Report has revealed that the region as a whole produces a high number of patent applications, reflecting the high number of people and businesses working on the development of new concepts, processes and products. The Wheatbelt has nine LGAs ranked in the top 25 per cent of all 564 LGAs Australia wide and six ranked in the top 26 – 49 per cent.
 
Across the region there are three main corridors of entrepreneurial innovation that radiate from Northam, which is located in the epicenter. 
These three corridors of entrepreneurial innovation are:
1. Northern Peri-urban Innovation Corridor from Northam to Gingin
2. Southern Peri-urban Innovation Corridor from Northam to Narrogin
3. Eastern Heartlands Innovation Corridor from Northam to Merredin
 
RDA Wheatbelt Chair Graham Cooper said parts of the Wheatbelt were batting above their weight in terms innovation, however, the report had identified issues in transitioning innovative concepts into business enterprises in some LGAs. “The report paints a somewhat unequal picture of innovation activity in conjunction with business growth in the Wheatbelt,” Mr. Cooper said. “There are a series of challenges and constraints facing those who are looking to invest in innovation and open up real and sustainable growth in the region, however there are also numerous areas of opportunity.”
 
The report highlights some of the entrepreneurial and innovative businesses and individuals that are challenging the status quo and traditional thinking to lead the way to a clean, green and growing future.
 
“To support the burgeoning levels of innovation in our region we need to put in place support structures to encourage the conversion of a great idea into a viable business,” Executive Officer Juliet Grist said. “Initiatives could include expanding existing regional start-up funding, creating a central hub/platform with business information to assist small and medium sized enterprises and improved access to reliable, fast and affordable internet, particularly within the three identified corridors of innovation.”
 
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Juliet Grist, RDA Wheatbelt Executive Officer
Mobile: 0428 372 179
Phone: (08) 95751888
juliet.grist@rdawheatbelt.com.au