REGION - Networking group Raising Dust will cease operations at the end of June.
The group made the difficult decision at its annual general meeting last month after another year of disappointing numbers at its events and ongoing difficulty in attracting new members to its committee.
Raising Dust president, Sheree Crawford, said the executive committee of the group had unfortunately run out of options in considering the group's future.
"Our numbers have been low for the past two years, both on our committee and at our events," Ms Crawford said.
"Unfortunately, there's only so much that one group of people can do and we now feel like we have tried everything in our power to keep the group going but it has just run out of steam, as these things sometimes do."
Raising Dust, a network for young people aged 18-40 living and working in the Wimmera and Western Districts, was formed in 2007 by a group of young locals with the aim of connecting young professionals in the region.
In 2009 the group was named Northern Grampians Shire Young Citizen of the Year and received the Regional Achievement and Community Awards - Community of the Year Award (population over 5,000).
Ms Crawford said the group was looking forward to celebrating its success with two upcoming events.
"We'll be seeing Raising Dust off with a bang at our Easter Saturday Ball to be held in conjunction with StawellBiz at the Stawell Town Hall," Ms Crawford said.
"We'll also be asking all past and present committee members to a farewell function in May 2013.
"We hope that both of these events will give us a chance to celebrate everything we've achieved over the past six years and give the group the send off it deserves."
Past committee members who have not yet been contacted about the farewell event are encouraged to contact Sheree on 0435 623 845.