Civenex 2017 postponed

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The Civenex 2017 public works and construction trade expo, due to be held at the Hawkesbury Showground on May 17-18, has been postponed due to a lack of exhibitors this year.

The Civenex event has been a mainstay of the infrastructure industry for over 60 years and event organisers the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia – New South Wales (IPWEA NSW), made the difficult decision to postpone the event and offer a full refund for any exhibition space bookings for the event.

IPWEA NSW says given the low response rate, quick action needed to be taken to avoid any adverse impacts on exhibitors, suppliers and patrons.

"We are proud of the Civenex brand and the outcomes it has delivered for the thousands of exhibitors and purchasers who have attended the event during those 60 years," IPWEA NSW CEO John Roydhouse says.

"To avoid unnecessary impacts on those people and firms, postponing this year’s event was a decision that was not taken lightly but is the right thing to do."

IPWEA says it wishes to thank the industry for its understanding and it will be in contact with all exhibitors to facilitate the necessary arrangements as soon as possible.

The event isn’t the first of its kind to be postponed due to low interest, with the Australian Construction Equipment Expo’s 2015 Brisbane event suffering the same fate.

The trend is at odds with the fact that there is currently a nation-wide boom in construction and infrastructure projects, with more machinery being acquired than ever.

However this is in stark contrast with events such as the Diesel, Dirt and Turf Expo, which returns later this month after an extremely successful event last year.

"In the coming months, we’ll be talking to suppliers and exhibitors across the country about the future direction of the trade show given there is still a strong demand in the works and infrastructure space for new equipment," Roydhouse says.

"However, we do recognise that procurement processes by government have evolved in recent times, some local councils have merged and for some suppliers marketing priorities have changed."

"Ideally, we would like to see the Civenex event continue in the future in a revised format, which better suits the market’s procurement needs."


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