Shepparton District is a regional urban and rural electorate about 170km north of Melbourne, and includes the townships of Ardmona, Barmah, Congupna, Dookie, Katandra West Katunga, Kialla, Mooroopna, Nathalia, Numurkah, Picola, Shepparton, Strathmerton, Tallygaroopna, Tatura, Toolamba, Waaia and Wunghnu, as well as several other small rural hamlets.
The electorate is home to a vibrant and diverse community of approximately 70,000 people, with almost a quarter of the population being born overseas.
Shepparton District has a long history of welcoming new arrivals to the region and has a strong representation of multicultural communities from such countries as England, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Albania, Pacific Island nations, the Philippines, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and more.
Covering almost 3,300 square kilometres, Shepparton District is a rich agricultural area with orchards, vineyards and dairy farms.
Known as one of Australia’s key “food bowls”, the Goulburn Valley region is at the forefront of global food production and produces close to a quarter of the total value of Victoria’s agricultural production.
We produce 85% of all Australian pears, 28% of the nation’s apple harvest and 70% of the national peach crop. The Goulburn-Murray region more broadly is also Australia’s largest milk producer.
Shepparton District is also a major centre for transport logistics, servicing one of the highest concentrations of food processing firms in rural Australia, with the Goulburn Valley being home to major companies such as Simplot, Fonterra, Nestle, Murray Goulburn, Unilever, Bega, Campbell’s and of course SPC, among others.