- AFL great Garry Lyon drops in to Royal Melbourne Show stand in support of next year’s Regional Victoria Living Expo
- Expo offers information on regional housing, career, education, health, lifestyle
- Expo to be held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1-3 May
Former AFL champion and media personality Garry Lyon has dropped in on the Regional Development Victoria stand at the Royal Melbourne Show, helping promote the Regional Victoria Living Expo.
Mr Lyon, raised in Kyabram in northern Victoria, joined Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan at the Regional Development Victoria stand to promote the three-day Regional Victoria Living Expo, which will run from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 May 2015.
Mr Lyon, a long-time supporter of the Regional Victoria Living Expo, gave a passionate speech at last year’s event, telling listeners his heart had never left his home town.
“Regional Victoria is a great place to grow up and a great place to raise kids,” Mr Lyon said.
“The space and sense of community is great for children and adults too. The country lifestyle has many advantages the city can't offer – like a 10 minute commute to work.”
Mr Ryan said the Royal Melbourne Show, which attracts half a million visitors, was a great opportunity to promote the advantages of regional living.
“The Royal Melbourne Show showcases the best on offer from regional Victoria and is one of Melbourne’s premier events with a genuine connection to country living,” Mr Ryan said.
“The RDV stand at the Show will give people considering relocating to regional Victoria access to the right information to plan their move, while entertaining the kids with plenty of activities including fishing games, rock climbing and finger painting.
“The Regional Victoria Living Expo will showcase Victoria’s 48 regional councils as well as information on career, housing, health, education and lifestyle opportunities in regional Victoria. It allows attendees to speak directly with regional real estate agents and to sample Victoria’s great food and wine, with regional food tastings.
“Almost 10,000 people attended last year’s expo and it’s easy to see why. On-stage performers will provide entertainment for all ages, while the Kids' Interactive Zone and Sports in the Community Precinct will engage children with interactive and educational games.
“An Arts and Culture Program will feature at the 2015 Expo, curated by Arts Victoria, in conjunction with Regional Arts Victoria, Multicultural Arts Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria and Public Galleries Association of Victoria.
“I am also pleased to note that major sponsor First National Real Estate – a company founded in regional Victoria – will continue its support in 2015,” Mr Ryan said.
For more information about the 2015 Regional Victoria Living Expo, visit www.regionalliving.vic.gov.au
Media contact: Les White 0409 805 122