PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
He was the man behind the Hunter’s original Home Show concept, the event co-ordinator who helped deliver renovation inspiration to thousands of home owners across the region.
And now after several years break from the exhibition scene, Phil Collins has returned to help turn building and renovation dreams into reality with the all new 2017 Newcastle Regional Home Expo.
The three-day event will be staged at Newcastle Entertainment Centre from July 21-23, offering visitors the opportunity to discover the latest in building trends, materials, products and home innovation, as well as organise quotes and personally meet the specialists in these fields.
Aimed at home owners, those who plan to build or renovate and anyone who dreams of creating a home to be proud of, the Newcastle Regional Home Expo will showcase some of the best in the business, proving that you don’t need to travel outside of the Hunter to find quality products and services.
Thousands of visitors from Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the wider Hunter, as well as places further afield such as the New England, Central and North Coast regions are expected to flock to the Broadmeadow venue for the new-look Home Expo, which will provide a source of home innovation inspiration from the turf up to the roof tiles and everywhere in between.
Whether you’re searching for the latest gadgets to turn your house into a smart technology home, or you want to start from scratch and need home building and design ideas, the Newcastle Regional Home Expo has got you covered.
Those looking to give their home a facelift, or keen to upgrade to the latest products will also be well catered for, with exhibitors offering everything from paint and decorating ideas to tiling and flooring options. Exhibitors of window coverings, home appliances, indoor and outdoor furniture, garden design, pools and spas and do-it-yourself products will complete the mix.
“The Home Expo event is designed to promote the latest in home-related products starting from the ground up to the roof top and to showcase the specialist businesses based here in the Hunter, who are qualified and well-versed to handle your specific needs,” Phil said.
“These days it is no longer necessary to travel further than the Hunter’s own back door to find quality products and services as the Hunter home industry can stand alone, known for its excellence and high professionalism.”
The Home Expo will give visitors an opportunity to learn as well as look, with a rotating schedule of demonstrations and presentations covering everything from finance through to landscaping and period decorating set to add a dash of education, interaction and entertainment to the event.
A mirrored theatrette will provide the perfect setting for a series of cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend, while another space will be used to bring the outside in with the “Your Backyard” display.
This display, complete with artificial turf, outdoor kitchen or barbeque area, outdoor furniture, decorator items and potted plants, is designed as an example of what can be achieved by those trying to bring a garden to life in their small courtyard space.
“Your Backyard will be a bigger presentation stand bringing together four or five exhibitors and their products, and the idea is to show people what they can do with their small backyard or courtyard,” Phil said.
“The 2017 Newcastle Regional Home Expo will have guest speakers, cooking demonstrations, interactive elements and a lot of great exhibitors, including a number who were there at the first Home Show I ever organised.
“I just love doing these things, we’ve spent the last couple of months organising it, and we’re committed to putting on a really great event.”
Phil has a long history of coordinating home and leisure exhibitions, having pioneered the Home Show concept in the Hunter around 15 years ago.
He spent more than a decade running the flagship Newcastle event, which was held each year in July at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre and regularly attracted more than 10,000 visitors during the three days.
“I used to do a number of home and leisure shows in Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Wollongong, Penrith and Lake Macquarie, I enjoyed doing the expos,” Phil said.
“I then established the Home Show in Newcastle at the Entertainment Centre and ran it for 13 years – it grew to arguably become one of the biggest home shows in NSW outside of the capital city, with 10,000 to 11,000 people visiting over the three-day show.
“I took a break from it all for a few years but now I’m back, and I’m ready to launch this all new Newcastle Regional Home Expo, organising it under the banner of MD Marketing.”
With the Hunter a proven hotbed of home building and renovating activity, Phil said there was a real demand in the market for a quality Home Expo, with July the ideal time to stage the event.
“I’ve always held it over a Friday, Saturday and Sunday in July because I believe people who want to buy things related to their homes do it in the winter,” he said.
“In my opinion, by the spring people have already decided what they want to do in their gardens or what they want to do in home improvements or a new kitchen. They start to think about it in winter because they’re home a lot of the time and they’re making these observations about their house like maybe we need to get it painted or maybe we need to get a new roof.”
One lucky Home Expo visitor will also walk away with more than just some inspiration and ideas, with a $15,000 spa up for grabs courtesy of Spa World, Warners Bay. To be in the running simply fill out a form and pop it in the entry box, located on the Spa World stand.
The Newcastle Regional Home Expo will be open daily from 10am to 4pm. Entry costs $10 for adults, $8 for pensioners and seniors concession card holders, with accompanied children under 16 years free.
Visit www.newcastleregionalhomeexpo.com.au for more information or for businesses interested in securing a stand at the 2017 event, contact Phil Collins on 0407 496 933.