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Lions thank community for dairy expo support

AS THE South Gippsland Dairy Expo committee wraps up from the 2017 event, the Strzelecki Lions Club would like to formally thank its supporters.
They include major sponsor Murray Goulburn and gold sponsors Rabobank, Reid Stockfeeds, Burra Foods, GippsDairy, Dairy Australia and South Gippsland Shire Council.
The Strzelecki Lions Club has distributed more than $500,000 back into the community over the last 20 years.
The club cannot continue to achieve these important milestones without a dedicated group of people and companies who support their club activities.
What a fantastic year it has been. Firstly the exhibition space was full a month out from the expo, with extra enquiries being made right up to the event.
Secondly the weather in Korumburra was kind, which led to a great couple of days for the exhibitors and farming families to enjoy the atmosphere.
The event attracted 1200 people through the gate with approximately 130 companies represented.
A special thanks this year to Michael’s IGA that was pleased to be able to contribute to the expo by providing more than $1300 worth of goods used for the catering for both the breakfast and the general catering prepared by Poowong Pre-School.
This contribution was facilitated by the Rural Financial Counselling Service Victoria Gippsland (RFCSVG) which provides free, confidential and independent financial counselling to primary producers and rural related small businesses across south east Victoria.
Following the dairy price situation in April 2016 and the ensuing financial hardship this created for many farming families, Michael Lorenz of Michael’s IGA set about promoting the cause once again through IGA’s Community Chest Rewards program.
Points raised were donated as emergency funds for the counsellors of the RFCSVG to distribute directly to farmers and farming families in financial distress.
The message Mr Lorenz wants to promote to the farming community is that there is assistance available.
Contact the RFCSVG on 5662 2566 and make an appointment to see a rural financial counsellor.
There are so many people working in the background of events like this who never get mentioned such as the Korumburra Agricultural and Pastoral Society, and the Korumburra Football Netball Club who go out of their way to deliver keys or to help with any support the Lions club needs to prepare for the event.
The Korumburra Rotary Club runs the Kids Activity Pavilion and Poowong Pre-School members volunteer their time, with lots of work and no fuss to raise money for their community.
This year, South Gippsland Shire Council worked at the Korumburra Showgrounds right up to the event and council staff could not have been more helpful in supporting the Lions to ensure the site was ready for the expo.
And lastly, large events like this don’t happen without the support of wonderful community.
This covers the owners of businesses, local dairy farmers and exhibitors, many volunteers, and the newspapers who all contribute and help make the Dairy Expo a success.
The Strzelecki Lions Club would like to say thanks to all those people and we look forward to some more success in 2018.

Amazing event: South Gippsland Dairy Expo chairman Cliff Wallace and son Luke Wallace enjoy this year’s expo at Korumburra.

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