Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries called in to Cobar last week to deliver a cheque for $11,910 from the Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Programme’s Energise Enterprise Fund.
Mr Humphries presented the cheque to Cobar Shire Council mayor Lilliane Brady and Cobar Business Association secretary Angela Shepherd and said the funding will bring economic development and diversity to the region.
“The Energise Enterprise Fund is supporting the community by contributing funding to projects that improve economic well-being and encourage sustainable local economies,” Mr Humphries said.
“In Cobar the funding will be used to train local business owners, so that they have the skills to pitch Cobar as an attractive destination to tourists.
“The training will give business owners the tools they need to promote their business, including social media training, visual merchandising skills and online marketing strategies.”
Ms Shepherd said the Cobar Business Association is partnering with Cobar Shire Council to offer local businesses a range of training over the next few months including Visual Merchandising, Social Media and Problem Solving workshops.
Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business, John Barilaro said the Energise Enterprise funding will help create new jobs and strengthen and diversify communities affected by the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
“The NSW Government is dedicated to helping regional businesses and entrepreneurs and we are supporting local businesses and empowering our regional communities to ensure they succeed,” said Mr Barilaro.
Through the Energise Enterprise Fund applicants can apply for up to $25,000 unmatched or up to $40,000 for financially matched projects.