Welcome to the Committee for Greater Shepparton



The Committee for Greater Shepparton was first established in July 2013 with the aim to ensure the municipality challenges and opportunities are tackled and grasped in ways that keep our region vital, inclusive, progressive and sustainable long-term.


The Committee for Greater Shepparton comprises community leaders who are positively focused on developing a longterm vision and supporting strategies to deliver an improved future for our region.


The Committee works apolitically and collaboratively with all levels of government and the business and wider community, to focus on strategy and policy, to help drive the change that our region needs.


Any external party dealing with the Committee for Greater Shepparton can be sure that they are engaging with a group with no ulterior motives, no baggage, no self-interest, and no agenda other than the advancement of our region to realize our long term aspiration, which is:


“To be Victoria’s Food Bowl and business centre, exporting high quality fresh and value added produce to Australia and the world.  We will be connected to Australia and the world through modern infrastructure and supported by a thriving and educated community that celebrates its rich culture and diversity”. 

Latest News


Senate enquiry into the Murray Darling Basin Plan

On 5th February 2015 Committee for Greater Shepparton Chair David McKenzie accompanied independent Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed, and consultant Rob Rendell to Canberra, to give evidence at the Senate enquiry into the Murray Darling Basin Plan.


On behalf of the GMID Water Leadership Forum, which has been convened by the Committee for Greater Shepparton following the Water Summit in Tatura in late 2015, David and Suzanna each had the opportunity to make a statement to the Panel, and table a submission.  

A copy of David McKenzies statement can be downloaded below.


GMID Water Leadership Forum Basin Plan implementation submission February 2016

On 24 June 2015, the Senate resolved to establish the Select Committee on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.


The committee is to inquire on the social, economic and environmental impacts of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan on regional communities and provide a final report to the Senate on or before 26 February 2016.

This submission argues that the 450GL ‘Upwater’ recovery program proposed in the Basin Plan will create serious adverse impacts for the regional economy and communities.

You can download a copy of the submission below.


Water Summit

The Committee for Greater Shepparton, Greater Shepparton City Council and the Member for Shepparton, Suzanna Sheed MP hosted a successful Water Summit on the Murray Darling Basin Plan in late 2015.

The working group will meet on 21st January to discuss a submission made to the Senate Inquiry on the impacts of the Murray Darling Basin plan as well as the need for an objective impact assessment of more water lost from productive use for the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District.  

You can download a copy of the submission below.


Women for Boards

Victorian Government board appointments must be at least 50 percent women under new rules introduced by the Andrews Government. The Committee for Greater Shepparton identified a handful of Goulburn Valley regional leaders that have the necessary skills and talent to participate in the upcoming Government board appointment process.


An invormation discussion and interactive Q&A session with Anne McCamish (Director Committee for Greater Shepparton), Sarah Scales (Chair Goulburn Murray Water) and Sue O’Connor (Director Goulburn Valley Water) was held on Monday 27th April to discuss the responsibilities and requirements of being a Director on a government board.  

Food research and development (R&D) roundtable

The Committee for Greater Shepparton have been working with a number of commodity leaders and tertiary education institutions to build a collaborative approach to understanding the R&D needs of the region.

University of Melbourne (Gold Member), GOTAFE (Gold Member) and La Trobe University (Bronze member) will all participate in the Committee for Greater Shepparton round table with the food industry in late October 2015.


The Committee for Greater Shepparton, acknowledges the traditional owners of the land the Yorta Yorta people.  

We pay respect to their tribal elders, we celebrate their continuing culture and we acknowledge the memory of their ancestors.


Food R&D Roundtable presentations

The Committee for Greater Shepparton hosted a Food R&D Roundtable to 'join the dots' between industry needs and academic research to drive productivity and profitability benefits for food producers in the region.


Below are presentations from the day:

Crawford GV R&D Roundtable 2 December 2015

Dairy Australia R&D Priorities for GV Food Roundtable

GMW Presentation

Grains R&D Dec 2015

GOTAFE Food R&D Roundtable 21215

GV Round table 2nd December 2015 MR - UoM

Milk Processor R&D Chris Thomas

SPC R&D Presentation

The Australian Processing Tomato Industry and soils research



Committee for Greater Shepparton CEO


Influential advocacy group the Committee for Greater Shepparton has appointed Sam Birrell as their new Chief Executive Officer.


Committee for Greater Shepparton Chair David McKenzie said the Board of the Committee is delighted to have secured a CEO the caliber of Sam Birrell. 


“Sam has a deep understanding of the local economy and community, and is absolutely passionate about contributing to a positive future for our region,” explains Mr. McKenzie.


“Sam brings a diverse background and range of interests to the position, all of which are very relevant to our mission.” 


Sam completed an Agricultural Science degree through Melbourne University at Dookie before working in the local horticultural sector. More recently, he has been employed by a multinational irrigation business. 


“He has an outstanding history of community involvement, previously acting in the role of Chair for the Shepparton Festival, current Chair of the Fairley Leadership Program, and sitting on the LaTrobe University Regional Advisory Board. Sam is also well advanced through an MBA program delivered by La Trobe University,” adds Mr. McKenzie.


Mr. Birrell says it is a fantastic honor to be appointed CEO of the Committee for Greater Shepparton. 


“Shepparton is a place with wonderful assets in its people, agricultural productivity, cultural life and amenities. It has however, the potential to reach even further for the benefit of all of its residents. The Committee’s strong advocacy will be a key part to realising this potential,” says Mr. Birrell.


Committee for Greater Shepparton Chair David McKenzie says in a Federal election year, it is important that we work closely with all stakeholders to present a strategic articulation of the key areas where Government can make a difference to this region. 


“There is plenty on the list, including Murray Darling Basin outcomes, Shepparton Art Museum funding, CBD revitalisation funding, and the much needed Shepparton bypass stage one,” explains Mr. McKenzie. 


“We have already put a lot of work into helping position several of these projects, and will ramp up our advocacy efforts over the next 6 months with our new CEO Sam Birrell leading the way.” 


Sam Birrell will commence in the role on 1st March 2016.


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