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Local Energy for Local Industry…Why Not?

Apr 27, 2022

A very wise colleague often stated that the key ingredients for successful regional economies are reliable water, energy, and connectivity. The Goulburn Valley has enjoyed all three and it’s reflected in the scale, variety and success of our local business, communities and economy. Looking forward there are challenges including water security, freight network investment and…

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It’s growth, Jim, but not as we know it

Mar 30, 2022

I never expected to begin my first column with an apology to Mr Spock and the legions of Star Trek fans – all of whom will know this line was never actually spoken in the series – but here we are. In my first few weeks of connecting and reconnecting with many new and familiar…

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Clear, Inspirational Regional Vision Needed

Feb 22, 2022

Welcome to 2022 which is certainly set to be a big and important year with upcoming elections at Federal and Victorian government levels. A Federal election will be called at any time up until May 20 and the Victorian state election is locked in for late November. Late last year our current Federal Member for…

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New CEO Appointed at C4GS

Dec 23, 2021

— MEDIA RELEASE — The Committee for Greater Shepparton (C4GS) is delighted to announce the appointment of Linda Nieuwenhuizen to the role of Chief Executive Officer of the organisation. Linda has extensive experience in communications, advocacy and marketing. Her most recent role has been as the Head of Communications for Apple and Pear Australia Limited.…

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Let’s Aspire to Keep Improving the Lives of Those in Greater Shepparton

Dec 1, 2021

“Kicking around on a piece of ground in your hometown – waiting for something or someone to show you the way” – Pink Floyd, 1973 (from the song Time). This is my last column for the News as Committee for Greater Shepparton CEO. What a privilege it has been to do this job. It is…

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Prosperity Plan Paves a Path into Goulburn Murray’s Future with Equality Central

Oct 28, 2021

“The language, and the approach, have de-valued Aboriginal people over the last 150 years. We have an opportunity to change the narrative from a cost to society of maintaining the welfare structures, to an investment language here in our region that looks at the future of indigenous peoples, the shared culture, the shared economy and…

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Leadership is Open to Everyone

Sep 29, 2021

There are pivot points in life, times of questioning and considering direction. Reflecting on who you are, your capabilities, flaws, and what really matters to you. Gaining a better understanding of those around you, and the community that you live in. For me a major pivot point was 2013, when I completed the Fairley Leadership…

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The Greater Shepparton COVID Outbreak

Aug 24, 2021

Greater Shepparton is facing one of its most significant challenges ever. The continued news of positive COVID cases has been coming in on our screens and feeds since Friday morning. The rising numbers and the fact that large schools are Tier 1 exposure sites means that many families and businesses are impacted by stay at…

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Weigh Up a Vaccine’s Pain and Gain

Jul 29, 2021

Does anybody know what a micromort is? No, it is not a small American cartoonist. A micromort is a concept developed by Ronald Howard, a professor at Stanford University, to establish the probability of death. A micromort is one chance in one million that a person will die. Micromorts can be applied to different activates,…

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It’s Time to Tackle Climate Change

Jun 29, 2021

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)  says that without significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions the world will struggle to keep increases in global temperatures under 2 degrees Celsius. If we can’t keep the increase under 2 degrees, there is a risk of ‘dangerous’ human interference with the system. That means that once it…

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