Ben Searle and his employees drove from Bundaberg for the 2014 Gladstone Observer Home and Leisure Expo.
Ben Searle and his employees drove from Bundaberg for the 2014 Gladstone Observer Home and Leisure Expo. Luka Kauzlaric

Home expo had plenty to offer thousands who attended

ALMOST 4000 people checked out what the 2014 Gladstone Observer Home and Leisure Expo had to offer on Sunday, leaving with an array of lollies, balloons and tips from exhibitors on how to improve their home.

Held at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre for the first time, the expo attracted 36 exhibitors, both local and from out of town.

The Observer's general manager Carl Carter said the event was a big success, with plenty of exhibitors gaining new clients.

"The exhibitors got some good, quality leads from people," Mr Carter said.

"The Searle's RV owner got more inquiries at a four-hour expo than he did at a two-day show in Bundaberg.

"The people were interested in buying and we believe the expo will be bigger and better next year."

Ben Searle, from Searle's RV Centre, said he was pleasantly surprised by the turnout at the expo.

"More people came than what we expected," he said.

"Four couples want to come to the yard next week and sit down to work out colours and beds in a caravan.

"From my point of view, it was worthwhile driving here."

Saroj Saini and her husband were at the library returning books and DVDs with their son when she noticed some activity at the GECC.

"We didn't even know about it but we just walked in and it's great," she said.

Adam Whiteman, a teacher at Trinity College, is new to town and found the expo beneficial.

"The stalls have a bit of everything," he said. "All the houses I've looked at need the kitchen replaced so this is helpful."

Cathy Holmes and her husband, who took their two sons, thought it was a good afternoon spent out with the family.

"We like the banking store and the solar panels," she said. "We are also looking at installing a pool so the pool stall was good."

GECC marketing manager Garry Hansen said the expo was the first big event the venue had hosted since its facelift.



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