Tiring Journey to Destination Bypass

The year was 1996. There was a Federal election in February – Keating out, Howard in. Oasis was the big new band. I had hair. In Greater Shepparton, the call was made on the western alignment for the Shepparton Bypass of the Goulburn Valley Highway. People sold farms to Vic Roads, and the community thought…

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Time for a Healthy Dose to Boost Jobs

The Regional Australia Institute has identified that there are 54,000 job vacancies across regional Australia. A significant number of those are professional or skilled jobs. This has led to a campaign by the institute, called “move to more”, with the intent to move more skilled workers from metropolitan areas to regional Australia. This campaign sits…

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Time to support super school staff

One group that is doing it very tough in Greater Shepparton at the moment is the staff of Greater Shepparton Secondary College. The challenges of a new merged entity coincided with a pandemic that led to a challenging first year of operation and meant students have found it difficult to settle as a result of…

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Lockdown questions need answers

When the five-day circuit breaker lockdown was announced by the Victorian Government on February 12, there was one new feature — regional Victoria would experience stage four restrictions for the first time ever. Shops and cafes closed, children were home from school and we could have only two-hour exercise outings, not more than 5 km…

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The changing media landscape

One of the things I find the most difficult about the modern era of disruption is the changing face of the media. Many people used to get their information from professional journalists who are bound by an ethical code, trained to write (or speak) and paid to find what former Washington Post journalist and Watergate scandal exposer…

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