Media Releases

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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New funding for Neighbourhood Houses welcome

04 May 2018

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has welcomed funding to support local Neighbourhood Houses in this year’s State Budget.

The 2018/19 Victorian Budget has earmarked $21.8m for the Victorian Neighbourhood Houses program, with three houses in Shepparton District now eligible for increased funding to bring them in line with others in the region.

Nathalia District Community Association, the Numurkah Community Learning Centre and Tatura Community House are each eligible for an additional 260 funded hours a year – a boost of $14,760 in their annual funding.

Ms Sheed said she met with representatives from all six local Neighbourhood Houses earlier this year to hear their concerns about the lack of appropriate funding and other matters and had raised the issue with the Victorian Government.

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Business boost for Shepparton District

04 May 2018

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says the 2018/19 Victorian State Budget will bring a welcome boost to business in the region.

Ms Sheed said several big ticket items for Shepparton District such as $313 million for the Shepparton train line and $63 million for the Shepparton Education Plan, road upgrades and the Munarra Centre for Regional Excellence, would have a significant flow-on effect to local industry.

She said a new regional jobs procurement office for Shepparton would also help local businesses get the most out of the Government investment.

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Record $313m for Shepparton train line

04 May 2018

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says the $313 million committed to the Shepparton train line in this year’s Victorian State Budget is game-changer for the region.

The 2018/19 Budget, handed down on Tuesday, is set to enable nine VLocity return services to run between Shepparton and Melbourne each day by 2021 and shave 20 minutes off the travel time.

With $43.5m of works on stabling and a passing loop to allow a fifth service to begin by the end of the year already underway, it brings the total investment in the Shepparton train line to $356.5 million in the past two years.

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Budget a game-changer for Shepparton District

03 May 2018

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says the 2018/19 Victorian State Budget marks a turning point for the region.

Ms Sheed said the record funding for rail upgrades and significant investment in education, roads and the region’s indigenous community would deliver far-reaching benefits for the Shepparton District community.

This year’s budget brings total investment in the electorate since the 2014 election to more than half a billion dollars.

“This is an incredible time for Shepparton District,” Ms Sheed said.

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Budget win for Shepparton road safety

27 Apr 2018

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has welcomed a bumper investment in regional road works across Victoria, including $20 million for Shepparton District.

The $20 million will fund upgrades of two roundabouts on the Shepparton Alternate Route at Old Dookie and New Dookie roads. The project – jointly funded by the Victorian and Federal governments – will also involve upgrading the feeder roads into and out of the roundabouts as well as road alignment changes.

The Shepparton works form part of a $941 million Victorian Government investment in regional road maintenance announced in this year’s Budget, which will also establish Regional Roads Victoria, a dedicated country roads body within VicRoads.

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Opposition rail pledge welcome, but is it enough?

23 Apr 2018

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says an Opposition election promise to invest in Shepparton’s train line is welcome, but says it needs to be fully costed by the Parliament’s Budget Office.

Ms Sheed said she had been working closely with the Government throughout the development of the Regional Network Development Plan and since to advocate for a full suite of appropriate rail services for Shepparton District and said she was concerned the Liberal National Coalition’s $77 million would not fund the extent of work required.

“Rail has been my number one priority since entering Parliament so it is pleasing to finally see the major parties paying attention to the needs of our community, but I am concerned this figure will not be enough to achieve what they have pledged,” Ms Sheed said.

“It is my understanding that to complete all the necessary works to reach a minimum of eight high-quality return services each day, we’re talking in the hundreds of millions, not the tens of millions.

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$20.5m boost for Shepparton Education Plan

20 Apr 2018

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has welcomed a historic investment in education for the region.

The Victorian Government today announced $20.5m towards the Shepparton Education Plan to fund the first stage of the Shepparton’s new secondary school, as well as an Integrated Children’s Centre at Mooroopna.

The current Shepparton High School site was also announced as the location for the new super school.

Ms Sheed said she was thrilled with the funding commitment.

“This is a momentous occasion for Shepparton,” Ms Sheed said.

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Grahamvale residents deserving of safer roads

29 Mar 2018

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed says the safety of drivers using Grahamvale Rd must be a priority for the Victorian Government.

Ms Sheed said several intersections along the Shepparton Alternate Road had been serious danger hot-spots for too long and has called on the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan, to outline what steps the Government was taking to improve safety.

Ms Sheed said the intersections of Grahamvale Rd with Knights Rd and Ford Rd were particularly problematic, with passenger vehicles navigating large trucks travelling at high speed.

“This has been an issue for a long time and it should not be left unaddressed any longer,” Ms Sheed said.

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