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East Gippsland will receive a welcome financial boost with three community-building projects to share more than $280,000 from the Federal Government.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the community-based projects would be a positive investment in the region’s people, businesses and industries.

“East Gippsland Shire Council will receive $97,500 to develop and implement a youth entrepreneurship strategy,” Mr Chester said.

“The strategy will be designed to foster a culture of entrepreneurship among our young people and equip them with the knowledge they’ll need.

“East Gippsland Marketing will receive $83,000 to develop the skills of local food ambassadors to lead familiarisation visits, local events and on-the-road events that promote our food and wine industry.

“Save the Children will receive almost $100,000 to run community leadership forums and events to increase the community’s ability to address family violence in East Gippsland.

“These projects will help to drive economic growth and strengthen our communities to ensure our region remains resilient and prosperous into the future.”

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the funding was being delivered under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund’s Community Investment stream.

“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,” Dr McVeigh said.

“Under round two, the Coalition Government is investing more than $4 million in over 100 Community Investment stream projects across Australia valued at over $7.3 million.

“This is expected to create more than 4,000 jobs which will beef up local economies.”

Dr McVeigh said the Coalition Government invested an additional $200 million in the 2018-19 Federal Budget to deliver another round of the Building Better Regions Fund.

“This is another great outcome delivered for regional Australia. The Coalition has a plan to deliver a stronger economy and more jobs and we are focused on getting it done.”

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