Department takes Easter Show by storm

29 March 2016

NSW Department of Industry's stand at the 2016 Sydney Easter Show

The NSW Department of Industry has a strong presence at this year's Royal Easter Show providing lots of fun, educational activities for show visitors.

The department has a main stand at the Home, Garden and Lifestyle Pavilion where visitors can take part in a hi-tech augmented reality experience, learn about shark and food safety and the mining and resources industry of NSW.

Augmented reality experience

The augmented reality experience allows visitors, among other things, to dance with a robot named 'Gutsy' created at the University of Technology, Sydney or dodge a spinning satellite devised by NSW technology company, Saber Astronautics.

Sydney-based augmented reality company Auggd was commissioned by the Economic, Skills & Regional Development Division to prepare this display. Auggd has received advisory and funding support from the department over the last three years and the display seeks to allow children to experience first-hand the home-grown innovation happening in NSW.

Shark safety

There’s plenty of fun at the Department of Primary Industries' section of the stand, where visitors are able to (safely) get up close and personal with a hologram of a Great While Shark’s gaping jaws, learn how to stay shark smart with the NSW Government’s $16 million Shark Management Strategy and get ‘tagged’ with a SharkSmart temporary tattoo.

Minister for Primary Industries Lands and Water, Niall Blair, visited the stand last week and announced the NSW SharkSmart app had been updated to provide real time data of sharks’ movements to beachgoers.

Resources and energy

The Division of Resources and Energy is giving away a range of educational material about the State's rich geological resources, technology in mining and large-scale solar projects. Information on installing solar power at home and coal seam gas is also available.

NSW Food Authority

At a separate stand which can be found in the Woolworths Food Farm next to Get Kids Cooking, the NSW Food Authority invites visitors to examine how clean their hands really are with an interactive hand washing experience that uses a special GlitterBug gel and shines a UV light on washed hands to reveal the truth. With over four million cases of food poisoning in Australia every year, poor personal hygiene prior to food handling has been identified as one of the most common causes.

Come visit our stand or watch the video of the virtual application on the augmented reality experience at this year's Easter Show.