About the Expo Living expo first started as the garden expo in 1998. The first event was a joint venture between the rotary club of Hervey Bay and the Fraser Coast
About the Expo
Living expo first started as the garden expo in 1998. The first event was a joint venture between the rotary club of Hervey Bay and the Fraser Coast Anglican College and held in the college grounds. The following year it was run by Rotary only and was moved to the Seafront oval. Profits from this event and the following years was allocated to the construction of Hospital House. Hospital House was planned as motel style accommodation to be constructed within the grounds of the Hervey Bay hospital to provide accommodation for families of patients from remote areas. In about 2006 the rotary clubs of Hervey Bay City and Hervey Bay Sunrise were invited to join the venture on a joint profit basis. All proceeds from that first year were to be allocated to raising the final funds needed to build Hospital House with clubs taking their turn in rotation to nominate a project of choice in the following years. The three Hervey Bay Rotary clubs combine their efforts for this event, and money raised goes towards projects like Hospital House, furnishings for the new Community Centre, Rural Fire Brigade, Careflight, wig library, books for babies program, all-abilities swing park, homelessness, literacy and many others. Somewhere between the name was changed from the Rotary Garden Expo to the Rotary Living Expo to provide a wider appeal and attract a wider range of exhibitors. The Rotary Living Expo has raised about $300,000 for Hervey Bay Rotary projects over the past ten years. The Living Expo attracts around 5000 visitors each year and features over 150 stalls and displays including some amazing food from around the world and professional musicians and entertainers all weekend. Raffles and prizes available to visitors, great travel deals, caravan and boat displays and much more. Rotary is made up of people from all walks of life, who voluntarily give their time and skills to improve the lives of both their local cities and beyond. It’s the largest service organisation in the world, and is the only one to have a seat on the UN. Rotary’s largest international project is its 40 year vaccination program to eradicate the disease polio from the world, and we expect to achieve this sometime in the next two years. From over 500,000 cases around the globe in 1970 to just 12 cases in 2015, we’ve vaccinated 2.5 billion children against this crippling disease. There hasn’t been a case of polio in Australia since 1972. The expo at seafront oval is open from 8am – 4pm each day. Entry $5.
23 (Saturday) 8:00 am - 24 (Sunday) 4:00 pm