Media Releases

Water Minister backs Sheed on protecting Victoria's irrigators

15 Dec 2017

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has called on Victorian Water Minister Lisa Neville to outline how the Government will support northern Victorian irrigators at next week’s Ministerial Council Meeting.

In Question Time yesterday, Ms Sheed urged Ms Neville to push for a practical way forward for the Murray Darling Basin Plan that would meet the needs of the environment and support the social and economic future of the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District.

Ms Neville backed calls by Ms Sheed and the GMID Water Leadership Forum that a “high-level independent review” with subpoena powers was required to get to the bottom of all the issues surrounding the Murray Darling Basin Authority and the current rollout of the Plan.

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Efforts of Congolese community recognised

15 Dec 2017

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has commended the local Congolese community for their efforts in raising global consciousness about the Democratic Republic of Congo’s past two decades of war and political instability.

Ms Sheed used her Members Statement in Parliament yesterday to talk about Breaking the Silence Congo Week and the local events in Shepparton District that have helped further the cause.

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Shepparton ideal for regional autism school

30 Nov 2017

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has called on the Minister for Education, James Merlino, to include a school for autistic children in the Shepparton Education Plan.

Ms Sheed met with Mr Merlino yesterday following a speech in Parliament during which she asked the Minister to consider providing appropriate services for Shepparton District students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as part of the Government’s plan to overhaul education in the region.

Ms Sheed said establishing an autistic school in regional Victoria was a key recommendation of this year’s Inquiry into Services for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder and said Shepparton would be an ideal location.

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Road safety a priority for Strathmerton community

28 Nov 2017

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has called on the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan, to clarify what action is being taken to address the safety concerns of the Strathmerton community regarding the traffic speed restrictions along their stretch of the Murray Valley Highway.

Ms Sheed said community members had been talking with the relevant state and local authorities about a possible reduction of the speed limits in the township for some time, but that discussions seemed to have stalled. 

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Call for clarity on Numurkah drug rehabilitation centre

16 Nov 2017

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has called on the Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley, to clarify the Government’s position on the proposed drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre at Numurkah.

In Question Time yesterday, Ms Sheed reminded the Minister the facility had been on the agenda for more than two years and said it was a vital service for the region.

“The reputed ice epidemic affecting our young people, the ongoing and well known issues caused by alcohol addiction and the overall lack of residential treatment services across regional Victoria are just some of the reasons why such a service in our region is necessary,” Ms Sheed said. 

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Treatment options needed for FASD sufferers

16 Nov 2017

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has called on the Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, to establish a pilot treatment program for local children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

In Parliament on Tuesday Ms Sheed asked the Minister to meet with representatives from health, education and early childhood services in the community who are extremely concerned about the lack of appropriate interventions for young people who have been diagnosed with the insidious disease.

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Government failures hurting water communities

03 Nov 2017

The cancellation of this month’s meeting of Murray Darling Basin Water Ministers is yet another failure of governments to address the concerns of basin communities, says Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed.

The water ministers were due to consider key environmental projects as well as the Ernst Young review on the recovery of a further 450GL of water at the November 24 meeting, which has been cancelled at the request of the Federal Government.

Ms Sheed said the meeting would have been a watershed moment for communities to influence the decisions that would affect their future.

“I’m very disappointed that the Federal Government has taken this approach to what is such a time sensitive issue,” Ms Sheed said.

“They have been distracted from the running of the country by high court citizenship challenges and with former Deputy Prime Minister and Water Resources Minister Barnaby Joyce now contesting a by-election, the government is clearly struggling to meet its responsibilities.

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Recommendations near for Shepparton Education Plan

03 Nov 2017

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says recommendations for the Shepparton Education Plan are nearing completion.

Ms Sheed said the local Strategic Advisory Committee was due to report to the Minister for Education, James Merlino, by the end of the year.

“For the past six months our Strategic Advisory Committee has been working hard with the community and the Department of Education to develop a blueprint to transform education in Shepparton and Mooroopna,” Ms Sheed said.

“We’re now nearing the end of the planning journey and are finalising our recommendation to the Minister for Education in preparation for funding consideration in the next Budget.

 

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North Richmond safe injecting room trial a sensible step

31 Oct 2017

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says trialling a safe injecting room in North Richmond is a sensible step in dealing with the increasing number of drug overdoses in the area.

There were 34 heroin-related deaths in North Richmond last year and 35 already this year.

In February, a Victorian coroner recommended the introduction of a supervised injecting centre, a call backed by many first responders, including paramedics.

Ms Sheed visited the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Sydney’s King’s Cross earlier this month to see how it functions and to hear about its impact on the local community.

“It perhaps seems counter intuitive to provide drug users with a place to inject when the goal is to help them stop using altogether, but you can’t help people into rehabilitation if they are dying on the streets,” Ms Sheed said.

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Sheed speaks out on Government's pokies reforms

31 Oct 2017

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has urged the Government not to rush through its proposed gambling reform bill.

At a Women Against Pokies rally on the steps of Parliament this morning, Ms Sheed said she took issue with many aspects of the proposed legislation and was questioning the Government’s desire to hurry the Bill to a vote.

“It seems to be being rushed through Parliament for no good reason when the current licences do not expire for five more years,” Ms Sheed said.

“Given what we know about the risks to problem gamblers, this is simply not acceptable.”

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