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Drug rehab needed in Goulburn Valley

06 Jul 2018

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says she is disappointed the Goulburn Valley has missed out on accessing specialised drug and alcohol treatment in their own community.

The Victorian Government last week announced the first residential rehabilitation facility in the Hume Region would be built in Wangaratta.

Ms Sheed said the Shepparton region was in desperate need of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre and that she would continue to lobby the Government to support a local service.

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ABC must stay in public hands, says Sheed

22 Jun 2018

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says it is essential the Australian Broadcasting Commission remains in public hands.

In response to a recent resolution by the federal Liberal Party Council to privatise the public broadcaster, Ms Sheed said the ABC was a vital source of information for the Australian public and should not be sold off to the highest bidder.

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Time is now for new Shepparton CFA station

12 Jun 2018

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says there should be no further delays in finalising a location for new station facilities for the Shepparton fire brigade.

In Parliament last week Ms Sheed called on the Minister for Emergency Services, James Merlino, to ensure an appropriate site was selected and a timeframe for commencement of the build was announced as a priority.

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Sheed's Budget reply puts Government on notice

08 Jun 2018

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says she will not be taking her foot off the accelerator despite achieving record investments in vital infrastructure for the region.

Ms Sheed used her official reply to the Victorian State Budget to thank the State Government for the more than $600m of funding Shepparton District has received over the past three years, but said there was still work to be done.

“It is an incredible honour to have the opportunity to advocate for our community’s needs directly with those who hold the state’s purse strings and I have been so pleased to see Shepparton District finally getting the attention it deserves,” Ms Sheed said.

“I’m in constant talks with the Government about projects big and small that will improve the liveability of our vibrant region, but I wanted to give all the Ministers a gentle reminder that we’re not where we need to be yet.”

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Rural and regional health not up to scratch

08 Jun 2018

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says immediate action is required to close the health gap between country and city communities.

In Parliament this week, Ms Sheed used the second of her two Grievance Debates to raise the disproportionate disadvantage experienced by regional and rural communities when it comes to access to health services and health outcomes.

“Grievance Debates give Members of Parliament the opportunity to raise serious issues that are fundamental to the wellbeing of our communities and I couldn’t let this opportunity pass by without reminding the Government of how far regional and rural communities are behind their city counterparts in terms of health,” Ms Sheed said.

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Volunteers the lifeblood of communities

07 Jun 2018

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has praised the contribution of local volunteers in Parliament.

Today Ms Sheed used her Members Statement to honour the work of several Shepparton District residents who were awarded for their efforts at this year’s Greater Shepparton Volunteer awards.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of regional communities,” Ms Sheed said.

“They go about their work quietly, with no expectation of reward, and it is so important that we recognize their vital role in our community.”

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Role for Shepparton health services in sector review

06 Jun 2018

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says community health centres in the region must be consulted as part of a state-wide effort to strengthen the sector.

Ms Sheed said it was vital that frontline organisations such as Primary Care Connect in Shepparton were engaged by a new expert taskforce set up to identify a shared vision and priorities for community health and has called on the Minister for Health to outline the nature of their involvement.

“Numerous reports have found that when it comes to health outcomes and access to health services, rural populations in Victoria suffer from a disproportionate level of disadvantage and it’s often primary care services that feel the brunt of that challenge,” Ms Sheed said.

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Hume region deserves regional sports academy

24 May 2018

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has urged the Victorian Government to support a proposal for a Regional Sports Academy in Victoria’s North East.

Ms Sheed said the Hume region deserved a regional academy for sport that would bolster the already strong culture of sporting participation in the Shepparton District electorate.

“It has been so pleasing to see long overdue investment begin to flow into Shepparton District during the term of this Parliament, but it is so disappointing to realise that as each hurdle is tackled, another glaring lack of historic neglect in our region arises,” Ms Sheed said.

“Shepparton District is home to an array of state-of-the-art sporting facilities and plays host to an increasing number of elite, highly patronised events across a breadth of sporting codes, yet the Hume region is the only region in Victoria that does not have a state-funded Regional Sports Academy.


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No more water from food producers

11 May 2018

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says it is vital for the future of local food production in Northern Victoria that no additional water is taken out of irrigated farming communities.

Ms Sheed said while she was pleased to see the Australian Senate this week vote down a Greens’ disallowance motion on the Murray Darling Basin Plan to allow 605Gl of important environmental projects to proceed, she remained extremely concerned at a side deal done to ensure delivery of an additional 450GL of water.

“I was very disappointed to see that the Australian Agriculture and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud did a deal with the federal Labor Opposition to all but guarantee the recovery of an extra 450GL,” Ms Sheed said.

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Solar welcome but not at the cost of farmers

11 May 2018

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says solar farm investment in regional communities must not come at the cost of prime agricultural land.

Ms Sheed said while she supported renewable energy development and welcomed investment in solar farms in Shepparton District, a balance must be found that supports the region’s extensive food production industry.

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