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Tony Burke MP to Visit Shepparton Post-Election

May 14, 2019

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has welcomed the news that the Shadow Minister for Water Tony Burke MP has agreed to take her up on her offer to visit Shepparton post the federal election.

Ms Sheed and Goulburn Murray Irrigation District Leadership co-chair David McKenzie recently travelled to Sydney to meet with Mr Burke, who unfortunately could not attend due to a family matter that arose. Ms Sheed, Mr McKenzie and dairy farmer Russell Pell met with Mr Burke’s adviser and extended an invitation to Mr Burke to visit Shepparton as soon as possible.

Ms Sheed said “It is critical that Mr Burke, who may well be the next Federal Water Minister after this Saturday’s federal election, see first-hand the devastating socioeconomic and environmental impact the Murray Darling Basin Plan is having on our communities and the economy. The recent policy position released by federal Labor further undermines our region’s ability to sustain farming operations and communities. We need Mr Burke to come to the region to hear first-hand from farmers and community leaders what is happening on the ground and to see the very obvious impact that has occurred.”

“Mr Burke’s chief of staff has contacted my office indicating that Mr Burke will accept our invitation and will make appropriate arrangements to visit the region post-election” Ms Sheed said.

 

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Leanne Raditsas 0422 211 774│leanne.raditsas@parliament.vic.gov.au

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