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A new way of business out west

Businesses in Broken Hill and the Central Darling region will have access to inspirational training and additional resources following a surge in funding under the Energising Enterprise program. The State and Federal Government have partnered once again to support country communities in developing new and innovative approaches to small business. 

The funding will be dedicated to a range of training opportunities and other resources to re-ignite business out west. NSW Nationals Leader and Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business, John Barilaro, said the Energise Enterprise Fund has been designed with regional communities in mind to create local jobs and to explore different ways of investing and doing business.

“Many projects already funded from previous rounds of the Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program are delivering great results for local communities, and I congratulate the recipients on the hard work they continue to put in to secure this funding.’

Member for Parkes Mark Coulton and Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries agreed that this vital support will help community organisations capitalise on new opportunities and stimulate growth in the jobs sector.

“The projects vary from business training workshops to hiring specialist visual merchandising consultants to creating a technology start-up incubator,” Mr Coulton said.

The program is federally funded but is administered by the state government - a collaborative approach that allows our communities to get good bang for their buck.

Federal Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash spoke from the heart when talking about the government's continuing dedication to rural businesses across the regions.

“As a Minister who is based in the Basin, I understand just how vital it is to protect both the economic and social interests of Basin communities. The Coalition is committed to investing in projects like this that will diversify and strengthen the local economy,” Ms Nash said.

Local projects funded under the Energise Enterprise Fund include:

  • Business Capacity Building – Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce – The project will deliver 4 workshops and 20 hours of personal support sessions in order to educate business owners in Broken Hill about how to retain, motivate and support staff. $25,000.
  • Economic Diversity Wilcannia – Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce – A specialist will engage with the Wilcannia community to create a business plan for a local market in Wilcannia. $23,000.
  • Building Business Skills – Riverina Murray BEC – the project will engage a specialist visual merchandiser and sales training specialist to consult with and advise business owners in Broken Hill. $23,000.
  • Business Boot Camp – Riverina Murray BEC – the Boot Camp Program consists of five workshops delivered by five expert presenters plus five individual mentoring sessions over four or five months. $21,700.
  • Far West Proud – Regional Development Australia Far West – this project will market and promote the Far West to build pride, encourage participation, engagement and local spending in the Broken Hill region. The project will showcase the Far West as a destination to consider for investment and relocation. $19,800.
  • Outback Digital Screen and Media Collective – Regional Development Australia Far West – This project involves the creation and promotion of a Digital Economy Cluster including a business hub and technology start-up incubator. $25,000.

You can learn more about the fund here: http://www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au/supporting-business/energise-enterprise-fund.

Keen to learn more about NSW's Far West? Come along to our Annual Conference from 18–20 May in Broken Hill. Members can expect an invitation later this month, so keep your eyes on the inbox or post for an invitation. Not a member? Call us on 02 9299 5811 or email info@nswnationals.org.au to find out more. 

Caption: Cr Dave Gallagher, Broken Hill City Council, Member for Parkes Mark Coulton and Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries at the Broken Hill funding announcement.

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