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Latest News By August 27, 2014 February 4th, 2020

Launching Phillip Island’s Inaugural Small Farm + Lifestyle Expo

Are you one of the many families that have moved to the beautiful Gippsland region in search of a better way of life?    Are you a farmer, or even a small land holder, keen to discover the how-to on environmentally sound farming principles and the latest in farm technology?

It’s time to mark your diary for November 22 and 23rd for the inaugural Small Farm + Lifestyle Expo, to be held at the famous Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit.    It’s for landowners of all types – from full on farmers to market gardeners to happy families who have recently been embraced by the charms and advantages of rural life.

“So many city folk are embarking on a sea-change or a tree-change, but when they move into their country home complete with their plot of land, they are often at a loss managing their property,”

says circuit managing director, Fergus Cameron, who also runs a farm.

“Rural life is wonderful but it possesses challenges, and we felt we had the capacity and contacts to create an expo that would really help people.

“Many experts from our community and local government authorities have agreed to attend and will be sharing their expertise with our patrons,”

said Cameron who has recruited the Bass Landcare Network to speak on sustainable farming practices and Alternative Growing Solutions to provide agricultural advice.

The reaction to the inaugural expo has been very positive with many local companies and organisations committed and exhibiting the latest farm machinery, implements, power equipment and cutting edge farm technology. Internal and external sites are still available and exhibitors should contact the circuit for more details.

There will be a strong focus on organic and sustainable living products, with everything from worm farms to solar lights being featured.

On the lifestyle side, there will be exhibitors covering a range of leisure pursuits from water sports, and camping, to four wheel driving, health and tourism.

As in all good rural communities, local produce will also be celebrated.

“We have everything from olive farmers to nut growers attending and people will be able to experience and taste the product of our land.  Hopefully sampling some of region’s fine food and wine will inspire attendees to turn their plot of land, no matter how small or large, into a productive space,”

said Cameron.

The Small Farm Expo will be housed in the 2000 square metre pavilion usually used for motorsport expos with external sites being north and west of the pavilion.    A dedicated rough terrain area will allow for quad bikes, gators, Ag bikes and 4WDrive vehicles to be put through their paces and a working farm area will showcase the latest farm machinery, tractors, slashers and ride-on mowers.

Patrons are expected to come from south and central Gippsland, and the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

The Expo will be open from 9am – 5pm each day Saturday and Sunday November 22 and 23, and will cost $10 for adults; and is free for children 17 and under accompanied by an adult.

For further information go to www.phillipislandcircuit.com.au

ffi   Ingrid Roepers at IRPR on mobile 04 111 989 44 or iroepers@irpr.com.au

For sites call Paul Coleman at the circuit on 03 5952 2710 or info@phillipislandcircuit.com.au

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