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FEDERATION CHAMBER - CONSTITUENCY STATEMENTS - CALARE ELECTORATE: NEW SOUTH WALES REGIONAL TECHNOLOGY EXPO

I wish to draw to the attention of the chamber that the New South Wales Regional Technology Expo was held in Orange over the weekend. It's organised by the Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak, and it's the first of its kind in Australia, bringing together the latest technologies from business, industry, agriculture and education in regional New South Wales. It aims to involve everybody in technology.

The three-day event attracted over 2,500 visitors, with presentations from Microsoft and Telstra, a young entrepreneur workshop, drone presentations, robotic displays from the students at James Sheahan Catholic High School, and much more. Matthew Scott, Head Teacher, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths at Canobolas Rural Technology High School, shared an overview of the school's STEM program, which is leading the way for other schools right across Australia. One attraction that was particularly popular with the attendees was Inland Digital's virtual reality pod. I myself had a go, and it was impressive.

I'd like to congratulate the Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak, including president Alison Bennett and her hardworking group of Rotarians. I especially acknowledge Murray Paterson, Graeme Fleming and Mary Brell, who worked so hard to put this together. I also mention Lawrence Breen from Inland Digital, and Peter Meers, the principal of James Sheahan Catholic High School, who assisted in the running of this hugely successful event. There were many exhibitors, like Mitch Colton from Colton Computer Technologies—too many to name. Congratulations to everyone who supported this wonderful event, and thank you.