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Deniliquin a tree change destination

Sydney-siders were amazed to hear about the lifestyle offered in Deniliquin at the Country NSW Expo on the weekend.

CASS SAVELLIS August 7, 2014 2:00am

There is one thing many Sydney-siders have in common ... they want to get out of the rat race.

That was a key message at the Country NSW Expo, held at Sydney Olympic Park over the weekend.

Hundreds of visitors to the Deniliquin stand at the expo expressed their desire to find a more relaxed and affordable lifestyle.

There was everyone from teachers, tradesmen, labourers and health professionals, to many retirees seeking information about their dream of a tree change.

And many could not believe the lifestyle that is offered in Deniliquin, nor the range of services and facilities in the town and district.

Deniliquin’s stand was manned by Tourism Officer Denise Thomas and husband John, along with Garry and Pat Baker.

The Deni Ute Muster ute was taken to the expo and parked prominently at the front entrance for all visitors to see.

It stayed there while the crowd of more than 60,000 was flocking to ANZ Stadium for Saturday nights Super Rugby Grand Final.

Mrs Thomas said she believed the expo had provided an excellent opportunity to promote Deniliquin as a tree change destination, as well as to holiday-makers.

‘‘Most people we spoke to knew about the Ute Muster. When you attend events like the Country Expo you fully appreciate that this festival has truly put Deniliquin on the map,’’ she said.

‘‘Many had either attended or had friends who had been to the Ute Muster, and I’m sure over the weekend we talked many people into attending the muster or next year’s Blues & Roots Festival.

‘‘We encouraged them to use this trip to stay a little longer, learn more about Deniliquin and consider our district for their tree change destination.’’

She hopes Deniliquin will participate in future expos and continue educating city dwellers about the wonderful lifestyle and visitor experiences we offer.

More than 120 visitors filled out an extensive survey, providing information on their current position and aspirations.

When asked what was important when considering a move to the country, most were interested in the lifestyle, housing affordability and health services.

For completing the survey, Anne and Tony Eagar, from the Sydney suburb of Ruse, won a holiday at Deniliquin’s BIG4 Holiday Park, and dinner at the Deniliquin Sportman’s Arms Hotel.

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