EUrope is coming to Bendigo

EUrope is coming to Bendigo

16 Sep 2008

Bendigo will be a hive of multi-cultural activity when representatives from a number of member states of the European Union visit Bendigo on 25 and 26 September.

The two-day event entitled "EUrope in Greater Bendigo" is a collaborative venture between the Innovative Universities European Union Centre and the EU Delegation in Australia, with support from La Trobe University, the City of Greater Bendigo, the Bendigo Business Council and Monash European and EU Centre.

Director of the Innovative Universities European Union Centre and Associate Professor in History at La Trobe University, Dr Philip Bull says planned activities will create a perfect environment for fun and information.

"The main purpose of the event is to provide a better understanding in the Greater Bendigo region of the EU and its global role in areas such as trade and investment, tourism, climate change and its effects, and education," said Dr Bull.

On 25 September, representatives from the European Union will give their perspectives on climate change, water sustainability and future agricultural practices at the Agribusiness Summit in Bendigo.

On 26 September, they will address issues of interest to the business community at a breakfast organised by the Bendigo Business Council to be followed by workshops on climate change, education, trade and investment, and general information about the EU.

"Fun activities include a street bazaar featuring marquees set up by member states of the EU, an 18 seat hot air balloon flying over the Queen Elizabeth Oval and a drawing competition for local primary and secondary students," Dr Bull said. The winners will be announced at a public lecture in La Trobe University’s Visual Arts Centre

Information packs have been distributed to Year 11 and 12 students who will be encouraged to take part in the events, which will be during the school holidays.

"Given that more than one million Australians visited Europe in 2007 and nine out of ten Australians are of European descent, this exciting event is a terrific opportunity for members of the community to find out more about the European Union," Dr Bull said.

"The EU Delegation and member states see it very much as a two-way activity and are looking forward to becoming better informed about Bendigo and its region."

For more information on the event and an updated program, please contact Szilvia Game by email at s.game@latrobe.edu.au, visit www.iueu.org.au or phone 03 0479 2440 or 0418 340 857.

Interview/media conference

Dr Philip Bull is happy to take questions by phone prior to the media conference, which will be held as follows:

Date and time
2.30 pm, Wednesday, 24 September 2008
Location
The Capital, View Street, Bendigo.

Contact

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Zerin Knight

Media Liaison Officer

Bendigo Campus

Contact:

Phone:

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