March 4, 2013
The State’s peak farmer group has called on city students to get along to the Regional Victoria Living Expo this weekend to explore the wealth of careers on offer. “It might surprise many people that two-thirds of students studying agriculture at the University of Melbourne come from the city,” Victorian Farmers Federation president Peter Tuohey said “There’s so much on offer in the country – great jobs, great lifestyles and I’d say great people.”
The VFF, in partnership with the Victorian Government, is establishing an Agricultural Careers Officer to tour the state’s schools to promote the lifestyle and rewards of a career in agriculture. “Of course you can work towards owning a farm or becoming an agronomist, but there’s a whole sphere of other rewarding careers in agriculture – from rural bankers to food technologists, irrigation engineers and journalists,” he said.
The VFF continues to use social media – Twitter and Facebook – to promote key events, careers and opportunities for those living in both regional and urban Australia. The VFF invites all young people – urban and rural – to join the digital media community #AgChatOZ to learn more about agriculture and what it has to offer. Anyone with an interest in agriculture can join the conversation on Twitter. AgChatOZ runs its weekly Twitter discussion on topical rural issues each Tuesday night and has 4,803 followers. Mr Tuohey said this weekend’s expo was an ideal first step for city people to get to know the country.
The expo showcases the advantages of living in rural and regional Victoria and includes information on jobs and real estate, seminars and entertainment as well as food and wine. “With more than 10,000 people expected at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and with many coming from the suburbs of Melbourne, the expo provides a great opportunity for regional Victoria to sell itself,” Mr Tuohey said.
The VFF will have a stand at the expo, so please come and talk to our expert staff who have a wealth of knowledge on agriculture and regional Victoria. The Expo will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 April. Register your attendance at the Regional Victoria Living Expo at www.rdv.vic.gov.au/expo or simply turn up on the day. Entry is free.