Let’s get behind the wheel!

Shepparton is one of the busiest intersections on Australia’s national freight network that links Brisbane to the Port of Melbourne. This link is the spine that runs through Australia’s primary production heartland, from the Darling Downs to Dubbo and onto Derrimut (Dookie is a short detour from the main route). This spine is essential to…

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New Chair and Deputy for Committee for Greater Shepparton

Leigh Findlay of CAF Consulting and Sarah Thomson of Goulburn Valley Water are the new Chair and Deputy Chair of the Committee for Greater Shepparton (C4GS). The Board of the member funded advocacy body has also expanded with the appointment of Andrew Mann, of AC Foods. “Under the leadership of David McKenzie, Rob Priestly and…

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Work Experience from Home?

If COVID has been a catalyst for changing where and how we work, does it also mean we need to rethink how we provide work experience for secondary students? According to the Department of Education, work experience is designed to provide students with the valuable opportunity to develop employability skills, explore possible career options, understand…

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Navigating the Final Months of Murray Darling Basin Plan

As the dust settles on the federal election, we know we have a new Labour government, but we don’t know if it will govern as a majority. We knew going into this election that the Murray Darling Basin Plan would conclude in 2024, but we don’t know whether the new water minister will have the…

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Local Energy for Local Industry…Why Not?

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

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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