It was a fantastic turn out to the Regional Network Development Plan consultation last Thursday night.
More than 110 Shepparton District residents came together to tell Public Transport Victoria what works with the service and more importantly what needs improvement.
The Regional Network Advisory Group will use our feedback to inform the Regional Network Development Plan, which will be up for budget consideration next year.
In the meantime I will continue to lobby the state government to invest in improvements now, like improved timetabling and more services.
Last week I joined the Minister for Sport, Tourism and Major Events John Eren to announce that Shepparton will welcome up to 800 tennis players from all over the world when the 2016 Australian Tennis Seniors Championships come to town in January.
Events like these help showcase our city to visiting athletes, officials and supporters from interstate and beyond.
They keep our businesses busy, our hotels, motels and shopping centres full and our economy healthy – and that means a stronger region.
The Minister also visited the Mooroopna Football Netball Club to announce an $80,000 grant to upgrade the facility.
The club will be able to stage blockbuster Goulburn Valley Football League night matches, with the money going towards competition-standard lighting.
It was a pleasure to launch the inaugural Shepparton Small Business Festival on Tuesday, which will present an exciting range of free and low-cost seminars and workshops for both new and established business owners and local members of the community.
Visit www.business.vic.gov.au/events/small-business-festival-2015/shepparton-small-business-festival for more information.
Parliamentary Secretary for Justice Ben Carroll was also in town.
We met with CALD community leaders to discuss the development of an Advisory Committee, Multicultural Bus Tour, community consultations and service delivery.
We then visited the Iraqi Mosque, where it was great to meet members of the community.
On Thursday I also spoke at the New Generation Leadership Program graduation, a fantastic initiative driven by Rashidi Sumaili.
Congratulations to all those who graduated, I hope you will all go on to contribute to this region’s development.
Friday it was out to Tatura for my community consultations.
It was great to spend the day chatting with constituents in some group discussions and also several one on one interviews.
Tatura residents are passionate about their town and have many ideas for improvements including more bus services.
And of course a quick visit to the Tatura Bakery on the way home!
During the week my office heard from constituents regarding the increase of temporary water prices, the Safe Water Drinking Act, need for lights on both sides of Midland Highway by Burnside Service Station due to fog, information about state government water rebates, changes to state legislation around the laws of subdivision and the need for more buses to and from Shepparton from smaller surrounding towns like Numurkah and Nathalia and Tatura.