Big crowds expected for Bendigo inventor awards

BIG crowds are expected at the Bendigo Town Hall to get a glimpse of the next big invention at the Bendigo Inventor Awards Exhibition.

It is the event’s third year in Bendigo, and organisers have received a late rush of entrants.

City of Greater Bendigo business development manager Peter Jeffery said entries came from across Australia and as far as Chile, Thailand and India.

The competition was launched with a $25,000 prize pool to find the best innovative ideas and practical creations.

Mr Jeffrey said the awards exhibition in October was open to entrants and members of the public, who were involved in the judging the People’s Choice Award.

“The exhibition provides entrants a chance to showcase their invention to the community,” he said. “Inventors, entrepreneurs, investors and anyone interested in new and interesting ideas should come along.”

Bendigo Inventor Awards Committee chairman Herbert Hermens said organisers were confident the winners would present some groundbreaking inventions.

He said the event established Bendigo as a globally recognised city of innovation.

Among last year’s award winners was the fire-resistant Fair Air Fire Mask invented by Mike Taylor to be used in bushfire fighting.

The Awards Exhibition is on from noon to 3pm on Friday, October 12, with free tickets available by phoning 5434 6100.

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