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Grants will help small business grow

Himac Group and The Trustee for Hiltunen Trust in Albany have received Industry Skills Fund grants to take advantage of new growth opportunities.


The Trustee for the Hiltunen Trust, will use the funding ($15,750) for the Advanced Diploma of Dental Prosthetics Project.


“The Hiltunen Trust has identified an opportunity to offer dental prosthesis services, including construction of metal framed prostheses and service calls to nursing homes and hospitals to service customers who are unable to travel,” Mr Wilson said.


Mr Wilson said the Himac Group would use the funding ($29,766) for the Lean manufacturing project, providing training to support cultural change and encourage continuous improvement.


The company is planning to replace some of their imported products for their own manufacturing, Mr Wilson said.


Mr Wilson said the Federal Government is committed to helping business, especially small and medium enterprises, to grow and diversify their markets and create more local jobs.


“Under the Industry Skills Fund, eligible businesses can receive support to identify growth opportunities and advice on the the skills and training their workforce may need to take advantage of those opportunities,” Mr Wilson said.


“The Government also provides funding to businesses to help with the costs of any associated training.


“The sorts of training projects that have been funded to date include helping employees to aquire new skills, or upgrade their existing qualifications, in areas as diverse as product design, inventory control, manufacturing techniques, management and marketing.


“In addition, the Government recognises the higher costs associated with training younger staff who may be new to the workforce.


“Businesses that have recently hired a young person aged 18-24 years may receive up to $7,500 to help with the specific costs of training that young person.


Mr Wilson encouraged any local business looking to grow their business, invest in training or help a young person into a job to consider applying for funding under the Industry Skills Fund.



I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australian Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.