Sea Change Expo Coming to Merimbula

Picturesque view of the township of Merimbula on the Sapphire Coast.

The Merimbula Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Seachange expo on the 22-23 January 2022. The expo will target people looking to relocate to regional areas to live, especially in the wake of the Coronavirus.

In this article from ABC news, they ask the question could coronavirus have a silver lining for regional housing markets as people flee to the country?

CoreLogic’s head of research for Australia Eliza Owen says “Long term, the strange upside of COVID-19 is that it’s normalised remote work. People are potentially more wary of high-density city areas and that means, in the long-term, I think regional markets will see a benefit from that.”

Chamber of Commerce President Nigel Ayling says ”I moved here from Sydney with my young family 16 years ago for a Seachange and we have never looked back. We love it down here and why wouldn’t you? We have everything we need and we live in one of the most beautiful places on earth.”

“People move to the coast for all sorts of reasons , some want a change of location, but for most it’s about the lifestyle and that’s where we have got it in spades. No traffic, no pollution, affordable housing and the magnificent coastal lifestyle.”

The expo will be held over a weekend with a trade show style event on the Saturday followed by a showcase of the area on the Sunday.

The expo will feature representatives from a wide range of industries and providers including Education facilities, employment groups, health care, sporting groups, volunteer organisations, service providers, real estate, housing and government bodies. It will be a one stop shop for information for people looking to move to the area where they can make contact with real people and businesses. It will also highlight some of the local businesses, restaurants and providores that feature in our area.

On Sunday it will be time to shine a light on the lifestyle that makes living here so great. Guests will be able to experience short trips and tours, go on guided walks, visit beaches, taste local seafood and craft beers. There will be a whole host of activities for guests to attend throughout the day so they can experience what it is like living in the area. “It will be a real showcase of our local area” says Mr Ayling.

The Chamber is looking for Expressions of Interest from organisations and companies that want to get involved as well as for anyone who would like to attend.