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Deniliquin expo in question

According to Denliquin Council the Deniliquin Innovation Expo may be cancelled.

TYLA HARRINGTON February 7, 2014 4:45am

The Deniliquin Innovation Expo may be cancelled.

Deniliquin Council was to coordinate the expo after officially taking over management of the Murray Valley Industry Park, which hosts the expo, in December.

Council general manager Des Bilske said the changeover meant there has been little time to organise the event.

He said a management committee was being formed and would make the decision within the next week as to whether the event will be held or not.

If the expo does go ahead, it will be held Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24, and is likely to attract hundreds of people.

It was expected to coincide with the Floodplain Management Conference, which will attract 250 delegates from across NSW to Deniliquin from May 22-24.

Mr Bilske said council was now considering holding the expo every two years.

‘‘There have been problems accessing data of all the businesses which have been at the event in the past,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s very short notice to organise the expo and we want to have adequate numbers and have a successful event.

‘‘If we ran it every two years then sponsorship wouldn’t be asked for every year.’’

Mr Bilske said if an expo was held every two years then, in theory, it could double in success.

The expo features agricultural-based farm sites, seminars on farming and natural resource management, displays of the latest farming technology, a new inventors’ competition, a farmers’ market and more.

The MVIP is located on 100 hectares of land about 10km from Deniliquin, on Todds Rd.

The site was originally owned by the NSW Government and was home to the former Department of Agriculture.

When the government announced it would sell the property in 2004, Deniliquin Council and Regional Development Australia worked tirelessly to have it retained as a community asset.

Council signed a lease agreement for what was then known as the Murray Valley Field Station in 2007 for a ‘‘peppercorn rent’’ of $1 a year for five years. It was approved one year later by the Department of Lands.

The land was handed over to the community in 2008.

Since council started operation at the park in 2009, $1.5 million has been invested in the research and education facility.

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