Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan
Victoria Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan
The Best Of Regional And Rural Victoria On Show In Melbourne
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Victoria’s first Regional Victoria Living Expo got underway in Melbourne today with 130 exhibitors showcasing the many business, career and lifestyle benefits on offer outside the big city.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said the three day expo at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre would be a one-stop-shop for the many Melburnians actively considering a move to the country.
“Each of Victoria’s 48 regional councils is here to share advice and resources and answer questions, as well as up to 130 exhibitors ready to discuss the unique lifestyle benefits on offer in regional and rural Victoria.” Mr. Ryan said.
“We know there are many Melburnians who are looking for a change, and this is a great opportunity for them to get the information they need to make it happen.”
“Everyone who visits the expo this weekend will see that Victoria’s regional and rural areas provide numerous advantages in terms of business viability, jobs, education and overall liveability.” Mr. Ryan said.
To kick off the expo program, Mr. Ryan hosted a business lunch where he was joined by a who’s who of high profile Victorians and successful businessmen and women who call regional and rural Victoria home.
“Today we see so many examples of people who have shown that living in a regional or rural area is no barrier to business or career success.” Mr. Ryan said.
“Australian rock sensation Evermore calls Macedon home and Margot Spalding, the founder of national furniture retailer Jimmy Possum, lives and works in Bendigo.”
“Celebrity chef Matt Dempsey has received rave reviews for his Inverleigh-based restaurant Gladioli, and of course we have our many sporting greats and media personalities who chose life in regional Victoria.”
“It is great to see so many people here who want to tell their story of life in regional and rural Victoria and encourage more people to share in the good life.”
Mr. Ryan said Victoria’s population was projected to increase by more than three million over the next 40 years.
“In the past, Melbourne has grown faster than the regions, which has placed pressure on Melbourne’s public transport, roads and infrastructure.” Mr. Ryan said.
“The Coalition Government is keen to ensure our regional and rural communities share in the population boom and help take the pressure off Melbourne.”
“The Regional Victoria Living Expo is central to the Coalition’s strategy to promote our regions and realise the many economic and environmental advantages of encouraging more Victorians to settle in regional Victoria.” Mr. Ryan said.
The Regional Victoria Living Expo will be held at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre from 27 – 29 April.