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Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee has today announced that Mid-Western Regional Council has been successful for a $20,000 Australian Government grant through the Building Better Regions Fund – Community Investment stream.

Mr Gee said the $20,000 grant will go towards Council hosting a Youth Entrepreneurship Summit in Mudgee.

“The Summit will focus on supporting young entrepreneurs in our regional communities and fostering economic growth,” Mr Gee said.

“It will also provide the opportunity to share business start-up knowledge and help budding-entrepreneurs form connections with mentors.”

Mid-Western Region Mayor Des Kennedy said the summit will support both young entrepreneurs starting their own business or taking over a family business.

“The summit will focus on under 30s who are seeking direction and inspiration on how to grow their business or develop their business ideas by providing the skills and knowledge from business leaders,” Cr Kennedy said.

“With a large number of small and family businesses operating in our region including farms, wineries and tourism operations, the session will further support those young people preparing to be successors.

“This summit will benefit the wider region well into the future and we thank the Australian Government for its commitment.”

Mr Gee said the Building Better Regions Fund continues to deliver major benefits for rural, regional and remote communities through country Australia.

“The Community Investment stream of the Building Better Regions Fund is another part of our plan for regional Australia. It supports community activities from expanded local events and strategic planning to improving leadership and capability,” Mr Gee added.

Successful projects for round two of the Infrastructure stream will be announced in the near future.

A full list of successful round two projects under the Community Investment stream are available at