- First National Real Estate to sponsor the 2015 Regional Victoria Living Expo
- Deputy Premier confirms dates for 2015 event
- Expo encourages Melburnians to make the ‘Good Move’ to regional and rural Victoria
Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan announced today that the Victorian Coalition Government had secured First National Real Estate as the major sponsor of the 2015 Regional Victoria Living Expo.
Mr Ryan, who was in Wangaratta and the North East today for multiple Regional Growth Fund announcements, also confirmed the dates of the 2015 Expo, to be held over three days from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 May at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Mr Ryan said First National Real Estate’s ongoing support was further proof of the success of the Coalition Government’s Regional Victoria Living Expo, which continues to grow from strength to strength.
“First National Real Estate were a founding sponsor of the Regional Victoria Living Expo, which was first held in 2012, and I am pleased to see they are back again in 2015,” Mr Ryan said.
“I want to congratulate First National Real Estate for its ongoing commitment to the Expo and thank them for the fantastic support they have provided at each of the past three Expos.”
Mr Ryan said the fourth Regional Victoria Living Expo would build on the success of this year’s event, which attracted almost 10,000 visitors to learn more about career, housing, health and lifestyle opportunities available in regional and rural Victoria.
“Melburnians who attended this year’s Expo were either those looking to make the ‘Good Move’ to regional Victoria, whether that be a tree change or a sea change, or those simply wanting to learn more about what’s on offer in our many and varied regions,” Mr Ryan said.
“Visitors had access to 147 exhibitions including the state’s 48 regional and rural councils, prominent regional businesses, community and sports organisations and representatives from various Victorian Government agencies.
“The success of this year’s Expo has been built upon by many of our regional and rural councils who have since hosted open days, with individuals, couples and families spending a day or a weekend learning more about these communities.
“Councils to have hosted open days include Yarriambiack, Murrindindi, East Gippsland, Pyrenees, Benalla, Southern Grampians, Benalla, Swan Hill and Corangamite, providing Melburnians with the chance to meet locals and learn about the magnificent property, businesses and lifestyle opportunities available in these communities.”
Mr Ryan also encouraged regional and rural businesses and community groups to get involved in the 2015 Regional Victoria Living Expo.
“Regional businesses and community groups have plenty to gain by participating in the Expo which has become a valuable marketing tool to attract new residents to regional and rural communities,” Mr Ryan said.
“Councils, businesses and community groups can also use the Expo to attract specific professions, occupations, or businesses to their area, or to promote tourism in their region.”
Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government was committed to growing regional and rural Victoria, and the Regional Victoria Living Expo was an example of that commitment.
“The Nationals, as part of a strong Coalition Government team, understand that when the regions prosper the whole state prospers,” Mr Ryan said.
“We will continue to support regional and rural Victoria through initiatives such as the Regional Victoria Living Expo, our $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, or through our other job creating, community building initiatives.”
Mr Ryan said more information on the 2015 Regional Victoria Living Expo was available online at www.regionalliving.vic.gov.au
Media contact: Ben Bulmer 0437 547 731