The Committee for Greater Shepparton was established to unite the region's business and community leaders to influence public policy, advocate on issues to strengthen the economy and make the region a more vibrant place to live.  The Committee is supported by over 80 of the most influential businesses, community organisations and statutory authorities from the region.

Shepparton Rail Upgrade

Shepparton Rail

The Victorian Government has recently announced $313m in its 2018/19 Budget to upgrade infrastructure and enable new VLocity trains to operate on the Shepparton line. This is such a great win for Greater Shepparton.

 

Shepparton Bypass

The Shepparton Bypass of the Goulburn Valley Highway was first proposed in the mid-1990s. After many years of no action, the project is back on the agenda.

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Creative City Consultation

Creative City

Last week saw the launch of 'Greater Shepparton - a Creative City' community consultation document. This document is aimed to promote Greater Shepparton as a Nationally significant and cultural city. Thank you to all those that attended the launch and a huge thank you to Anne McCamish for her commitment to the project.

To view the Creative City document please click here

 

Watering Paddock

GMID Water Forum

The GMID Water Forum was formed in 2015 by the Committee for Greater Shepparton and Independent Member for Shepparton for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed. The group commissioned the “Basin Plan – GMID socio-economic impact assessment” and has been active in advocacy for the region in relation to the plan.

Click here to see the full plan.

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Committee for Greater Shepparton

C4GS celebrated our 5th Birthday on Wednesday night last week. David McKenzie spoke about the history of Committee for Greater Shepparton and the work that has been achieved over the past 5 years. The important message was that our work needs to continue and through joint advocacy we know what can be achieved. Thank you to The Woolshed at Emerald Bank once again for their amazing service and wonderful food. We thank our members for their continued support allowing us to advocate for our region. "Happy Birthday C4GS". Here is to another 5 years. ... See MoreSee Less

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Continued strong advocacy on water policy. We call on the Federal government to halt water recovery until a socio-economic test for the 450 GL can be developed. A real socio-economic test (true to the principles of 'socio' and 'economic') includes these four questions of any up-water proposals:
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1. Will this recover more water from the consumptive pool?
2. Will this increase water allocation or entitlement prices, or create other distortions in water markets?
3. Will individual projects collectively result in adverse third-party impacts on other water users, enterprises and the broader community?
4. Will individual projects collectively result in adverse third-party impacts by transferring costs to the irrigated production supply chain?

If any of the above can be answered as a ‘yes’, the proposal will have failed.It may be a complex issue that some put in the “too hard” basket, but it’s so pleasing to see water being high on the agenda this week.

On Monday, GMID Water Leadership co-chair David McKenzie and I talked to The Wall Street Journal about Australian water policy and how water markets, government intervention and a changing climate has affected rights to water for farmers and the environment.

Today we also presented to the Productivity Commission in Shepparton about their scathing Draft Report on the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

While we agree wholeheartedly with much of their findings in terms of failures by the MDBA to adequately monitor, evaluate and plan appropriately for effective water recovery it was disappointing to still be asked questions about HOW the extra 450GL of upwater could be found.

We must stop this shift of conversation away from IF it can be done without negative impact to HOW the damage can be mitigated.

Our community won’t stand for any more harm being done to the regions.

Committee for Greater Shepparton
Greater Shepparton City Council
Speak Up 4 Water
Lisa Neville MP
David Littleproud MP
Damian Drum
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Continued strong advocacy on water policy. We call on the Federal government to halt water recovery until a socio-economic test for the 450 GL can be developed. A real socio-economic test (true to the principles of socio and economic) includes these four questions of any up-water proposals:
: 
1. Will this recover more water from the consumptive pool?  
2. Will this increase water allocation or entitlement prices, or create other distortions in water markets?  
3. Will individual projects collectively result in adverse third-party impacts on other water users, enterprises and the broader community?  
4. Will individual projects collectively result in adverse third-party impacts by transferring costs to the irrigated production supply chain?  
 
If any of the above can be answered as a ‘yes’, the proposal will have failed.Image attachment

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Committee for Greater Shepparton

A common sense socio economic test for the 450GL upwaterHere’s what a simple, robust socioeconomic neutrality impact test looks like for the 450 GL upwater.
Happy to discuss any time the Commonwealth wants to make good on the Basin ministers’ 8 June promise to consult before they meet again in December.

• The 450 GL ‘upwater’ program must first undergo an independent, comprehensive and transparent Cost-Benefit Analysis. It must not be implemented if it does not pass.
• Further, these questions must be asked of all ‘upwater’ projects and proposals:
1. Will this recover more water from the consumptive pool?
2. Will this increase water prices, or create other distortions in water markets?
3. Will individual projects collectively result in adverse third-party impacts on other water users, enterprises and the broader community?
4. Will individual projects collectively result in adverse third-party impacts by transferring costs to the irrigated production supply chain?
• If any of the above can be answered as a ‘yes’, the project or proposal will have failed, and must be struck out or redesigned for re-evaluation

You can read the full report from our 17 September workshop on our website www.gmid-waterleadership.org/
#auspol #fairflow #basinplan David Littleproud MP Lisa Neville MP
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A common sense socio economic test for the 450GL upwater

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On Thursday the 11th October was a state wide 'Principal for a day' event. The 'principal for a day' C4GS CEO, Sam Birrell, shadowed McGuire College Principal Claire Kelly and participated in normal day-to-day activities in a school. Sam's day also include a tour of the school and discussions with students and teachers.

The program aims to bring business and community leaders together with school leaders developing ongoing and mutually beneficial relationships.

Head over to www.bastow.vic.edu.au/alumni-and-events/principal-for-a-day for more information.
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On Thursday the 11th October was a state wide Principal for a day event. The principal for a day C4GS CEO, Sam Birrell, shadowed McGuire College Principal Claire Kelly and participated in normal day-to-day activities in a school. Sams day also include a tour of the school and discussions with students and teachers. 

The program aims to bring business and community leaders together with school leaders developing ongoing and mutually beneficial relationships. 

Head over to www.bastow.vic.edu.au/alumni-and-events/principal-for-a-day for more information.Image attachment

 

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