Vixens beat the drum for Regional Victoria Living Expo


The Victorian Coalition Government and Minister for Sport and Recreation Damian Drum has joined forces with the Melbourne Vixens to promote next month’s Regional Victoria Living Expo in Melbourne.

At the Melbourne Vixens versus Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic at Hisense Arena yesterday, Mr Drum called on all netball fans to attend the Expo from 11-13 April at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“The Regional Victoria Living Expo aims to showcase all that rural and regional Victoria has to offer to a city audience, encouraging them to consider living in the country,” Mr Drum said.

“The Coalition Government aims to encourage population and investment into regional and rural Victoria.

“Sporting clubs and associations are key centres in regional communities, acting as a social contact point as well as providing physical, competitive exercise and healthy living. Netball being one on these key sports means a Vixens match is a great forum to promote the message.

“The Expo will feature a Sports in the Community Precinct that gives Expo visitors key information about netball, Australian Rules football, cricket and tennis.

“The precinct will also provide a fun and interactive display for kids and adults to shoot a netball with a Melbourne Vixen, bowl to a Victorian cricketer or take part in a handball competition.

“And one lucky netball fan attending this year’s Expo will win a training session for their club with the Melbourne Vixens at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said the Regional Victoria Living Expo would give Melbourne residents and businesses comprehensive information about relocating to regional Victoria, including information about regional jobs, housing, education, and health and lifestyle opportunities.

“The Expo will showcase all of Victoria’s regions, demonstrating the range of opportunities in regional and rural Victoria in one convenient location,” Mr Ryan said.

“And it will give the State’s 48 regional and rural councils a chance to promote the benefits of their area in order to attract residents, skilled workers, business and investment.”

Entry to the 2014 Regional Victoria Living Expo is free. For more information visit