Expo to be a $1.3m boon for shire

Alpine Observer - - News - BY TATE SPI­TERI tspi­teri@ne­me­dia.com.au

THE Alpine Shire Coun­cil has fore­cast next month’s Wild Deer Hunt­ing, Guid­ing and Fish­ing Expo to pro­vide an eco­nomic ben­e­fit of $1.3mil­lion to Myrtle­ford and the Alpine Shire.

Coun­cil, who have as­sisted with the plan­ning, lo­gis­tics and pro­mo­tion of the event be­lieve it will pro­vide ex­po­sure to not only Myrtle­ford but the en­tire re­gion.

The event will take place across the week­end of March 3-4 and is ex­pected to at­tract 8000-10,000 peo­ple mak­ing it among the largest events for the area across the 2017/18 cal­en­dar.

Event or­gan­iser Pete Costin said the expo was the big­gest show of its kind in Asia Pa­cific and will have close to 500 ex­hibitors.

“If you can’t buy it there, it doesn’t ex­ist,” he said.

“It’s not mar­ket type junk; it is high qual­ity, high tech gear.”

Mr Costin added that the event would be hu­mungous for the econ­omy.

“When it was in Ruther­glen one ser­vice sta­tion ran out of fuel,” he said.

Among the many ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the event will be the Myrtle­ford Foot­ball Net­ball Club and Myrtle­ford Li­ons Club who will pro­vide food and drink.

The event, which has been held bi­en­ni­ally since 2008, has moved around in re­cent years for var­i­ous rea­sons but Mr Costin be­lieves Myrtle­ford can be­come its per­ma­nent home.

“If this works we may make this an an­nual event right here,” he said.

The event orig­i­nated in the North East with Wodonga and Ruther­glen its orig­i­nal hosts be­fore the expo moved to Bendigo in 2012.

“It’s a good spot be­cause it’s ba­si­cally half way be­tween Mel­bourne and Syd­ney,” Mr Costin said.

“Then you have got Shep­par­ton, Be­nalla, Al­bury-Wodonga, and it’s not that far from Can­berra and Khan­coban ei­ther.”

Alpine Shire Coun­cil eco­nomic and com­mu­nity devel­op­ment man­ager Elaine Bur­ridge said it was ab­so­lutely good news that or­gan­is­ers plan on keeping the event in Myrtle­ford.

“If par­tic­i­pa­tion for the first event is ex­pected to be 8000-10,000 peo­ple and the eco­nomic ben­e­fit is ex­pected to reach $1.3mil­lion, you as­sume that as the event grows par­tic­i­pa­tion and eco­nomic in­jec­tion will grow also,” she said.

The expo is sure to at­tract peo­ple from a wide range of lo­ca­tions with or­gan­is­ers field­ing calls from Perth, Broome and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory as well as in­ter­na­tion­ally from New Zealand, North Amer­ica, Africa and Mon­go­lia.

Set up for the event will be­gin in the for­mer to­bacco co-op build­ing on Fe­bru­ary 26.

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