Suzanna's Weekly Blog

April 30, 2015



I was so pleased to spend time in several communities on ANZAC Day.

Barmah’s service was a particular highlight.

I also attended the very moving dawn service at Shepparton, dropped into the Picola Pub and attended the Nathalia service.

Thank you to everyone behind the scenes of these ANZAC Day services, you make them the great successes they are.


While in Barmah we also attended the Barmah Muster and the ANZAC ceremony at the Barmah Muster yards.

On Monday I was in Melbourne to meet with Minister for Regional Development and the Minister for Creative Industries to discuss the investment in a new SAM and funding arrangements with Regional Development Victoria.

It was then onto the Minister for Roads and Transport to lobby for investment in the Shepparton Bypass.

We need $20 million for the first stage and I am confident Minister Donnellan sees the merit in the project.

I was back in the electorate on Tuesday for a visit to the GrainCorp Oilseeds plant at Numurkah, followed by a visit to Pactum Dairy on Wednesday.

It was great to see some of you at the All Aboard Shepparton launch yesterday.

It’s so important to me that we tell the Minister for Public Transport why we need an improved rail service.

You can do that by sharing your story on the All Aboard Shepparton Facebook page and on Twitter.

And of course please join us on the 6.31am service to Melbourne on May 28, it’s so important we get a big group to show just how passionate we are about improving the rail service.

We’ll gather on the steps of parliament house before a group of representatives meet with the Minister for Public Transport.

Today I’ve been in Mansfield visiting the Mansfield Campus School run by Mansfield Autism Statewide Services.

It was wonderful to meet Dr Joan Curtis, the founder of this service.

It was of particular interest to me as there is also a campus of the school located at Dookie, currently servicing approximately 14 adolescents from my electorate.

There is a critical shortage of services for children and adults with autism in regional Victoria.

 And we ended the day with a visit to the Snobs Creek hatchery to view their operation.

Fisheries Victoria uses stock from this hatchery to re-stock our waterways.

I’m back in parliament next week, you can follow me on Twitter for rolling updates on what I’m up to there.


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