Welcome to the Committee for Greater Shepparton


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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.


GMID Water Leadership Forum released a socio-economic assessment:

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The assessment finds that the Murray Darling Basin Plan will cost the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID) $4.4bill in annual production losses by 2020 and more than $550m a year on an ongoing basis. 450GL up water deal must be struck out. The 650GL environment offsets must be delivered in full. Basin Plan Impact GMID Final 14 October

New Chair announced for Committee for Greater Shepparton:

David McKenzie & Rob Priestly


David McKenzie has stepped down as chair of Committee for Greater Shepparton, handing over to deputy Rob Priestly. David has been selected as the Chair of the new Goulburn Regional Partnership, as well as Chair of the state wide Regional Development Advisory Committee, which means he will be unable to devote the time required to chair C4GS. He will stay on as a board member. Rob is excited to be working with the executive and members, and praised David for his selfless effort for the community. "He has played an outstanding role in the Committee’s establishment and operation" Rob said. " I look forward to building on the great work of the Committee so far".


National Horticultural Convention:


AUSVEG Conference June 2016



Outgoing Member for Murray Dr Sharman Stone launched the "Goulburn Valley – a Great Place to Grow’ prospectus at the National Horticultural Convention on the Gold Coast. The prospectus was produce by the Committee for Greater Shepparton, Greater Shepparton City Council and The Goulburn Broken CMA. The event was attended by Committee CEO Sam Birrell and Rohan Sali from Greater Shepparton City Council. The networking generated a number of lead and put Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley front of mind for some of the most influential players in the horticultural industry. Click on the following link to download the  Vegetable Growers Prospectus V2 .



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