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Business Breakfast in Mudgee


WRI will be hosting a business breakfast on Wednesday 1 May, 2019 at The Wineglass Restaurant, 97 Market St, Mudgee. The event is open to any one interested in the economic development of Mudgee or regional NSW. We look forward to seeing you there.

Please RSVP to team@wri.org.au by 23 April for catering purposes. Event: Business Breakfast with WRI Date: Wednesday, 1 May 2019 at 8:00am Venue: The Wineglass Restaurant, 97 Market St Mudgee RSVP: Tuesday 23 April 2019 team@wri.org.au For media interviews: Juliet Duffy, WRI Chair Ph: 0407 120 325


​The Western Research Institute (WRI) will be hosting local businesses, tourism operators and Mid-Western Councillors and staff at a business breakfast at 8:00am on Wednesday the 1st of May at the Wineglass Restaurant, 97 Market Street, Mudgee. The event is part of the 20th anniversary WRI celebrates in 2019.

The Directors and staff from WRI are excited to visit Mudgee to connect with local businesses, tourism operators and Mid-Western Council.

“WRI has a lot to celebrate in our 20th anniversary year” said Chair of WRI, Juliet Duffy. “In 2018 WRI helped businesses and councils to secure close to $110 million dollars in funding for regional initiatives. We are focused on continuing to offer an affordable and reliable range of support to regional areas” Ms Duffy added.

“The Board decided to meet in Mudgee and host an event with the business community after meeting representatives of Mudgee Regional Tourism the 2018 NSW Business Chamber awards. WRI and Mudgee Regional Tourism met while celebrating our category wins in the regional Chamber awards’’ said WRI CEO, Kathy Woolley.

WRI is celebrating a string of successes in helping attract funding in 2018. WRI provided businesses cases, economic impact analysis, human capital analysis and benefit cost analysis to support applications for funding for projects including the Central Tablelands Collections Facility, the Canobolas Scout Camp, Dubbo Athletics Hub and a technology precinct for James Cook University to get the green light for state and federal funding.

WRI’s objectives for regional Australia are wide reaching and services are broader than assisting with funding applications. A significant project in the works to be co-funded by WRI and partners under the WRI Inland Research Fund will improve information resources, particularly for smaller areas who are often forgotten in state and federal data collection processes.

“WRI has increased our direct contribution to economic development in regional Australia through the Inland Research Fund. We will launch the Fund’s first project later this year” said Ms Duffy. “This project is particularly exciting for smaller regional centres like Mudgee and will promote further economic prosperity and support their initiatives in areas like Mudgee.

“It will be a game changer for regional centres providing data and analysis missing at the smaller town level.- “We have secured some funding partners and will launch the first Inland Research Fund initiative in mid 2019” Ms Duffy concluded.

About WRI

WRI is a regional economics and development research organisation located in Bathurst, New South Wales. WRI has expertise in regional social and economic planning, labour market analysis, consumer sentiment surveying, process improvement/change management and business development in regional Australia.

WRI has worked with all tiers of government, not-for-profits, industry entities, universities and research institutes on a wide range of social and economic development projects and program evaluations in regional areas.

WRI has strong credentials in business and commercial market consulting and applied economic modelling. Our team of professionals has experience using a range of key research tools including surveys, input-output analysis and economic modelling, benefit cost analysis, internal audit and community surveys to ensure our analysis and recommendations are independent, accurate and reliable.

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