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Let’s get behind the wheel!

Jul 28, 2022

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

Jul 14, 2022

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?

Jul 6, 2022

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

May 25, 2022

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?

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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