An­nual Mur­ray Val­ley expo

Southern Riverina news - - Rural Outlook -

An in­no­va­tion expo in­tro­duced to the Mur­ray Val­ley In­dus­try Park (MVIP) this year will be­come an an­nual event.

Expo or­gan­is­ers, Mur­ray Now and the MVIP Work­ing Group, an­nounced the re­turn of the agri­cul­tural fo­cussed event this week.

They say the expo will re­turn to the Todds Rd fa­cil­ity, about 7km from De­niliquin, but with a few changes.

The expo has been re­branded and will be held at a dif­fer­ent time of year, MVIP man­ager An­drew Richard­son said.

Both changes were in re­sponse to the re­sults of an in­de­pen­dent sur­vey of pa­trons and ex­hibitors fol­low­ing the March event this year.

‘‘The expo will still be geared to­ward farm­ing and agri­cul­tural sus­tain­abil­ity, but in a broader sense it’s about in­no­va­tion for ru­ral liv­ing.

‘‘The expo will now be known as the Deni In­no­va­tion Expo (in­stead of the Farm­ing In­no­va­tion and Tech­nol­ogy Expo).

‘‘We have also changed the tim­ing of the expo to bet­ter suit the fam­ing community — to May 3 and 4, 2013.’’

Held in the mid­dle of the rice har­vest, vis­i­tors to the in­au­gu­ral expo did not meet ex­pec­ta­tions this year.

The per­ceived poor tim­ing of the event was one of the find­ings of the sur­vey, con­ducted by Des­ti­na­tion Re­search and De­vel­op­ment on be­half of the MVIP Work­ing Group.

Sup­port from spon­sors and ex­hibitors was strong, how­ever, as was in­ter­est in the ‘new inventors’ style com­pe­ti­tion held in con­junc­tion with the event.

Mr Richard­son said be­cause of those fac­tors, and the pos­i­tive feed­back re­ceived af­ter the expo, the event was still con­sid­ered a suc­cess.

Mr Richard­son said the work­ing group would use the find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions of the sur­vey to im­prove the expo for 2013, but stressed the for­mat would still be ‘‘very sim­i­lar’’.

The new inventors com­pe­ti­tion will be held again, as well as a show­case of in­dus­try ex­perts as guest speak­ers.

‘‘The learn­ing cen­tre, which is cur­rently look­ing for spon­sors and grants to be con­nected to ser­vices and re­fur­bished, will be the cen­tre­piece of pre­sen­ta­tions,’’ Mr Richard­son said.

‘‘We are cur­rently in dis­cus­sions with po­ten­tial guest speak­ers, in­clud­ing a high pro­file key­note speaker.

‘‘We also hope to have more schools in­volved, and hope to at­tract farm­ers to come and see the new­est and lat­est in tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion about the De­niliquin In­no­va­tion Expo, or to reg­is­ter an in­ter­est in be­ing in­volved, contact Mr Richard­son at the De­niliquin RDA of­fice on 5881 3010.

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