Creative Albany Inc. is delighted to receive news that the funding committed at the last election by the State Government for an innovation hub has been approved. The community-based, volunteer-run organisation has been working for over ten years to support creative workers in Albany and the wider Great Southern region, and the grant of $340,000 will enable them to resource initiatives to boost the creative sector in the region. The organisation conducted an audit in 2015 which revealed a hidden economy of designers, coders, musicians, architects, writers, digital developers and other creative workers and innovators - and this audit prompted them to seek funding to help grow and network the sector. Malcolm Traill, Chair, said "Creative Albany has been running innovation and design networking events - called D!GS - for the past two years and has established partnerships with the Albany Enterprise Group, Regional Development Australia Great Southern and the UWA Wave Energy Research Centre, which will form a strong base from which we can build programmes and network with other industries. These partnerships will also support us with access to advice, expertise and local know-how." The granting of the funds is the culmination of 12 months work in preparing a business case to the State Government, which was then written into an Operations Plan by Keston Technologies with the support of Regional Development Australia Great Southern. Malcolm said, "Creative Albany is looking forward to 2019 being an exciting year of new initiatives, for which we now have the resources needed to support innovation programmes and develop a virtual and digital ‘hub’ for designers and innovators."