A dozen years support, a dozen reasons why

19th December 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

NSW Deputy Premier the Hon. Troy Grant MP has announced an increase in funding for the 2014 CountryNSW Expo, the twelfth year the NSW Government has supported this regional development initiative.

CEO of the Foundation that runs the event, Peter Bailey, said this years increase in funding support is a testament to the NSW Governments dedication to regional development.

“The decade of decentralisation continues to be a vital topic with the state Government”, Mr Bailey said. “The commitment to increase the population in regional NSW by 470,000 by 2036 and reduce the infrastructure pressures on Sydney will only occur if support is thrown behind events such as ours which have quantifiable success in relocating families and businesses.”

The CountryNSW Expo (formally Country Week) consistently draws quality crowds of people who are genuinely interested in relocating to the country. 

The increase in funding from $135,000 to $150,000 will allow the Expo to have a further marketing reach, highlighting the advantages of living, working and investing in the country. 

Long time exhibitors are happy to see the continuation of the event, as it has been the best port of call for economic development in their area. The Nambucca Shire Council Manager of Business Development Wayne Lowe had great success at the 2014 event and claims their success is due to marketing consistency. 

“If councils use tweets and websites as the main point of enquiry to encourage people to relocate to their area, they are set for disappointment... my experience shows me [the CountryNSW Expo] is the most effective way to find leads for businesses and relocator’s and to showcase the Nambucca Shire.” 

Attendees to the 2014 event highlight the CountryNSW Expo is on tract with peoples needs. 

“I much prefer to talk to people about this type of thing not just look at council websites,” Nina, 2014 Expo attendee. 

“Its about the information and contacts talking to people from a place. Because of this event we now have people we know in Temora who will welcome us when we move there.” 2014 Expo attendee family.

“We came to the Expo two years ago and were impressed then. We have been looking ever since and now after this year we are ready to go visit places and move in the next 12 months.” Tony and Anne, 2014 Expo attendees.

Mr Bailey believes that the CountryNSW Expo will complement what the NSW Government’s regional development plans are trying to achieve.

The 2015 CountryNSW Expo will be held at the Howie Complex Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park on the 31 July, 1 and 2 August. Entry is free to all attendees.