Campaspe Shire will display a replica of an iconic paddle steamer at the Regional Living Victoria Expo to show potential residents what they can expect if they relocate.RENEE THOMPSON April 11, 2014 3:10am
All aboard: Chris Martin sits aboard the scale model PS Adelaide, originally made in 1994, which has been renamed the Echuca-Moama for the Regional Living Victoria Expo: Photo: HOLLY CURTIS
A scale model of the PS Adelaide is sure to be a drawcard at the Regional Living Victoria Expo which starts in Melbourne today.
Renamed the Echuca-Moama for the expo to avoid confusing patrons, the model, which has been fitted with lights, an electric paddle wheel and audio soundtrack to simulate river sounds, will be flanked by residents at the expo dressed in period costume.
The three-day expo is a Victorian Government initiative which aims to spell out the benefits of moving to regional parts of the state.
Last year, the event attracted more than 11,000 people.
Campaspe Shire is also sending a contingent of staff, councillors and community members to the event to help promote the shire to Melburnians considering a tree change.
It is one of 38 rural councils and 10 regional cities to take part in this year’s expo.
Shire business network officer Astrid O’Farrell said Campaspe Shire’s expo theme was ‘Triple Your Lifestyle Score’, based on the board game Scrabble.
‘‘When you go to an expo, you want to find out about things like jobs, lifestyle, other people’s experiences,’’ she said.
‘‘We’ve got fantastic offerings in terms of house prices, community connectivity, recreational opportunities and lifestyle.
‘‘Plus I always like to tell people about the sunshine.’’
Campaspe Shire received $10,000 from the Victorian Government to take part in the 2014 expo, which goes towards the shire’s stands as well as other promotional material.
Mrs O’Farrell said council would keep track of people at the expo seriously considering moving to the region.
Incentives in the form of ticket giveaways to the real PS Adelaide and Port of Echuca Discovery Centre tours would be provided to expo attendees who expressed more than just a passing interest in the shire.
‘‘When we know that people have come up here and redeemed the tickets, we’ll contact them to see what their interest level is like,’’ she said.
‘‘Once they redeem the tickets, we’ll have a good idea of how many people are planning on making the move.’’
In the past, despite some people contacting the shire to say they had moved to the region following the expo, it was generally a difficult thing to measure, she said.
‘‘They don’t all pop into council and say, ‘Hey we’ve moved up here’,’’ Mrs O’Farrell said.
‘‘It’s hard to know.’’
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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