Annual Murray Valley expo
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.