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SAM bursting with new exhibitions

The next few months will see several new exhibitions taking shape at the Shepparton Art Museum. Leading off will be the spotlight on expatriate Arcadia artist, Madeline Wright who has a collection which she describes as ‘assemblages of Arcadia’ and will include object based works in metal, ceramics, glass and the materials of Arcadia and the Goulburn River in its objects, dusts and colours. The resulting still life composition of objects, memories and moments will be titled A Field Guide to Utopia. The exhibition will run from March 13 to May 3. Continued on page 15

LOOKING OVER THE SITE FOR NEW STUDENT ACCOMMODATION… Regional manager for Vincent Chrisp Architects, Julie Kelly and project manager for Melbourne University, Darren Grossmann. Photo: Steve Hutcheson. INSET: A BIRDS EYE VIEW OF MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY SITE IN GRAHAM STREET, SHEPPARTON… The new construction will extend the existing facilities. Photo: Supplied.

Expansion of doctor training facility in Shepparton By Steve Hutcheson THE new extension at GV Health will open up a raft of positions for medical and medical support staff. Current estimates are that there will be a need for up to 500 new positions. The imperative within the training and health system is, where will they get so many trained staff to fill these positions.

Following on from a Federal Government initiative in 2018 and a recent grant of $6.5M, Melbourne University, in collaboration with La Trobe University are currently working on being able to add an additional 30 places for doctor training here in Shepparton. Continued on page 15

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POWER FROM THE SUN… Almost 5,000 solar panels will be installed on Goulburn Valley Water facilities in Shepparton. Photo: Supplied.

Goulburn Valley Water turn to solar power G OU L B U R N Va l ley Water (G V W ) manages water supply and treatment plants in more than fifty towns around the Goulburn Valley. Making these facilities more efficient has a flow-on effect in maintaining costs to the consumers in these towns. Overall, the $5.4M initiative has seen around 3000 solar panels installed so far on a number of GVW properties to date. The project comes at no extra cost to customers, as it is part of the wider infrastructure program, and is expected to result in a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 4,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent each year. The project will also reduce operating costs at the various installations.

Overall, almost 5,0 0 0 panels will be installed. More work is planned for S h e pp a r to n f ac i l it i e s , w it h work s scheduled for the administration office in Fryers Street, the sewer pump station on Wanganui Road, and the water treatment plant on Welsford Street, adjacent to the Shepparton Lawn Tennis Courts. Senior project auditor for GVW, Ray Russell said, “The Welsford Street works are expected to take place in the first week of February and may impact customers while underway although that should not be more than a few hours.” Customers are encouraged to provide feedback on this project or GVW’s services on 1800 45 45 00.

Victorian Government calls for Aboriginal heritage council members THE Victorian Government is inviting Traditional Owners to apply for four positions with the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council The council was created in May 2007 as part of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006. There are 11 Traditional Owners, chosen by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. All members are required to live in Victoria and have a knowledge of Aboriginal cultural heritage. Among the responsibilities of the council,they are to be the central coordinating body responsible for ancestral remains in Victoria. The council also advises the ministers for Aboriginal

Affairs and Planning as well as providing advice to the secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Other responsibilities are promoting public awareness and understanding of Aboriginal cultural heritage, managing the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Fund and facilitating research into Aboriginal cultural heritage in Victoria. Victorian Traditional Owners who have extensive knowledge of Aboriginal cultural heritage and its regulatory environment, are residents of Victoria and have time to commit to council duties are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information, visit aboriginalheritagecouncil.vic.gov.au.

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A VERY CLOSE FINISH… There was not much between riders at the finish line of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour Mitchelton Stage 1 race last week. Alberto Dainese (right) finished in first place. Photo: Steve Hutcheson.

A LONG DAY… After cycling over 121km in less than three hours, riders finally reached the finish line of Stage 1. The course started at Mitchelton Winery and ended in Welsford Street in Shepparton. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

Riders hit Shepparton in Jayco Herald Sun Tour

WHAT A WIN… 21-year-old, Alberto Dainese of Team Sunweb celebrates his win on stage after taking out the Jayco Herald Sun Tour Mitchelton Stage 1. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

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ON a blazing hot Goulburn Valley Wednesday, riders from around the world competed for the 67th Jayco Herald Sun Tour. The 121.9 kilometres across the fast flat lands started from beautiful Mitchelton Winery and concluded in the heart of Shepparton. A f t er t he f i r s t B r ig ht B re wer y Intermediate Sprint was contested at the 10km mark, a five rider breakaway quickly formed featuring Conor Murtagh (Oliver’s Real Food Racing), Ben Hill (Team BridgeLane), Charles-Etienne

Chrétien (Aevolo Racing), Jesse Coyle (Nero Continental) and ARA Pro Racing Sunshine Coast’s Ryan Thomas. Hill, who just turned 30 was one of the main drivers of the break, constantly animating the group, and was awarded the Quest Shepparton Most Aggressive jersey at days end. It was A lber to Da i nese of Tea m Sunweb who out-sprinted Kaden Groves (Mitchelton-SCOTT) and Moreno Hofland (EF Pro Cycling) to claim the Mitchelton Wines Stage One line honours.


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Women riders finish the day in Shepparton THE other main event on Wednesday was the Lexus of Blackburn Women’s Herald Sun tour. Cuban Arlenis SIERRA CANADILLA (Astana Women’s Team) sprinted to victory in Shepparton to claim Mitchelton Stage 1 line honours and the Tour lead. The 27 year old out-sprinted Italy’s Anna TREVISI (ALE BTC Ljubljana) and 2020 summer of cycling revelation Ruby ROSEMAN-GANNON (ARA Pro cycling Sunshine Coast). After a relatively sedate start to the race, cross-winds and narrow roads outside of Tatura caused a large group including Peta Mullens (Roxsolt ATTAQUER), Lucy

RACE TO THE END… Spectators gathered to watch the final sprint to the end of the Lexus of Blackburn Women’s Tour Mitchelton Stage 1 in Shepparton. Photos: Katelyn Morse.

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS… Arlenis Sierra Canadilla crosses the finish line of Stage 1 in first place after completing the 94km course, which started and ended in Welsford Street, Shepparton.

Kennedy (Mitchelton-SCOT T) and Lauren Stephens (Tibco-SVB) to split off the front of the peloton with just 30 kilometres left on the stage thanks to the work of the Astana Women’s Team and Mitchelton-SCOTT. The group of 20 riders worked hard to gain a slim advantage, holding onto just 23 seconds with 10 kilometres to go. In the end the gap blew out to nearly 49 seconds and they were left to contest the finish amongst themselves. Nina KESSLER (Tibco-SV B) took out the Quest Shepparton Most Aggressive Rider for her efforts.

CELEBRATING HER WIN… Lexus of Blackburn Women’s Tour Mitchelton Stage 1 winner, Arlenis Sierra Canadilla of Cuba representing Astana Women’s Team celebrates with her yellow jersey on stage.

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Foodshare urgently needs your help Shepparton Foodshare needs your help to source food staples including rice, pasta and UHT milk. These are important to build a nutritious and hearty meal around. Rod Schubert, Shepparton Foodshare board chair said, “These items are always difficult for us to source due to their long shelf-life therefore supplies are often limited, however at the moment we are completely out of these items”. Foodshare stressed that whilst we are always grateful for any support, at the moment they are desperate for these items. It is anticipated that due to the recent natural disasters and the ripple effect that this will have on health and wellbeing and added financial

pressures, there will be a rise in food insecurity and demand for food relief. Rod said, “We would be grateful if the community, when doing their weekly grocery shop would consider popping an extra bag of rice or pasta or a carton of UHT milk in their trolley to donate to Foodshare.” You can drop these food items into Shepparton Foodshare at 30 Young Street, Mooroopna between 8.30am – 12.30pm Monday – Thursday. Alternatively call Foodshare on 0432 517 329 to arrange to have the Shepparton Foodshare volunteers collect it.”

Since establishment in 2012, Shepparton Foodshare has distributed more than 2.4 million kilos of food, or the equivalent of around 4.8 million meals to people in need. Rod Schubert, said “We are so grateful for the regular support we receive from our community be it via helping us out when we need specific items such as these, financial support or to conduct a food drive on our behalf.” For more information please visit the website sheppartonfoodshare.org.au

Nominate someone who makes a difference THROUGHOUT our community, there are hundreds of people whose volunteerism makes a significant difference to the people around them. Now in their 11th year, the Greater Shepparton City Council recognise the contribution made to the community by volunteers with their Greater Shepparton Volunteer Recognition Awards. Nominations can be made under six categories including, volunteer team, male volunteer, female volunteer, youth volunteer (for people aged between 12 and 25), rural volunteer (for towns with under 5,000 residents) and for long serving volunteer. Greater Sheppar ton Cit y Council Mayor, Cr Seema Abdullah, said those willing to donate their time and effort are the lifeblood of the Greater Shepparton community. “There are many different ways to volunteer, including in emergency services, education, sport, environment, the

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arts and many more,” Cr Abdullah said. “Last year’s winners volunteered across a range of sectors and made a wonderful contribution to all areas of our society. However, we know there are many more volunteers out there who have been toiling away without recognition. “We strongly encourage anyone who knows of a volunteer to nominate them for an award so they can be recognised for their contribution to our community.” Nominations for the awards close Monday 23 March 2020. An awards presentation will be held during National Volunteer Week in May. Nomination forms are available from council’s website www.greatershepparton. com.au, from Council’s Customer Service Counter, or by contacting Council’s Neighbourhoods Department on (03) 5832 9700.


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Parking trial big success Chamber survey shows

COMPLIMENTARY PARKING - Positve effect on Business

Key statistics from the survey are: COMPLIMENTARY PARKING - Positve effect on Business

A COM PR EH ENSI V E parking survey conducted following the two month complimentary parking trial in Shepparton during December and January has been an overwhelming success according to the Shepparton

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It has brought many people back to the CBD John Anderson Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Chamber president, John Anderson, said the survey showed both shoppers and businesses received relief for not having to pay for car parking. “It was a reprieve for 1000s of shoppers and not just for financial reasons, but also taking the stress out of shopping. The Chamber feels it has had a very positive effect on shopping in Shepparton.” It has brought many people back to the CBD,” John said. The independently conducted survey which was carried out in December and January included 167 businesses and 200 shoppers. “During the trial, there was very strong anecdotal evidence it was successful, however the Chamber wanted actual evidence of the trial’s success or otherwise, John said. The parking trial was an initiative of the Chamber in conjunction with Council. The survey results have been provided to Council for their appraisal.

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Chamber parking survey results OVER the past two months while the complimentary parking has been in place, the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry has engaged consultants to undertake an independent survey with traders and shoppers alike. The overall summary of the survey was that traders and shoppers alike were in favour of the free parking while noting that no negative comments had been received. Traders noted a significant rise in shoppers in the precinct and were clearly happier than when a similar survey had been conducted last July. There was also a general sense that trade was up. Shoppers conveyed that they were less inclined to go destination shopping only and were more inclined to browse other shops while there or stop to have lunch or coffee. Others indicated that they came into the centre more often. Other feedback from both traders and shoppers was that there were insufficient parking spaces for disabled shoppers as well as safe, secure and convenient parking for staff working in the precinct. There was also widespread agreement from both traders and shoppers on parking time limits although some concern that free parking would have some impact on council revenue raising. The one negative response concerned the aggressive nature of the parking inspectors with instances of fines being imposed for being a couple of minutes late or walking to meters to get a ticket. The survey conducted by the Greater Shepparton City Council over the same period is still being evaluated and once done, will be presented to council for deliberation.

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Inquiry into management of Murray Darling Basin water resources

THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER… St Georges Road Primary School grade 4 students, Amber and Serena testing the differences between tap and bottled water. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

Starting the school year with some quality H2O DID you know that one plastic bottle of water can cost the same as 3,000 litres from the tap, and that one bottle can also take more than 450 years to break down? Last Tuesday, February 4, St Georges Road Primary School held several activities and games themed around water to coincide with their pledge to become a Water Only school. The Water Only program, run by Goulburn Valley Water, encourages people to choose tap water for its health, environmental and financial benefits. With 450 students, St Georges Road Primary School is the largest school to sign up to the program alongside more than 70 workplaces, schools, kindergartens, and playgroups in the region.

Activities focused on how much sugar is in popular drinks, the low cost of tap water, healthy snack food options, and what impact bottled drinks can have on the environment. St Georges Road Primary School principal, Dougie Souter said, “We want to encourage our students to strive for their best, and encouraging them to drink more water will help them focus more on their learning throughout the day.” To find out more about becoming a Water Only workplace, school, kindergarten or playgroup, call 5832 4869 or email education@gvwater.vic.gov.au

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T H E interim inspector-general of Murray Darling Basin Water Resources, Mick Keelty AO, is undertaking an inquiry into the management of Murray Darling Basin water resources. To w n h a l l m e e t i n g s h a v e been called across the Murray Darling Basin and residents from the Goulburn Valley will have an opportunity to express their concerns on February 27, 2020 at Shepparton RSL building. State Member for Shepparton District, Suzanna Sheed expressed her i nterest i n people w it h a viewpoint to submit their feedback to a survey conducted earlier this year and that they should also attend the town hall sessions when they are scheduled for Shepparton.


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A life changing experience for young locals Fresh off the plane and back into an Australian summer, a small group of students from Shepparton ACE Secondary College couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces as they talked about their week in Turkey. We caught up with Brayden Miller in September last year when he’d been told he would be apart of a youth program in Turkey in 2020. Brayden wasn’t the only lucky one, with (now former) ACE College students, Kyrone Black, Zac Donaldson and Ethan Lyons also fortunate enough to join Brayden in the program. The program, Leave No One Behind (LENO), involved 32 young people from Australia, Korea, South Africa, Turkey, Sweden and the United Kingdom working and staying together to allow the youth to explore cultures, gain social and leadership skills, and make lifelong friends. Accompanied by their teacher, Julie Dainton, the group flew out and began their journey in Ankara, Turkey on January 19, flying back into Melbourne on the 26th. For most of the group it was their first time overseas, and the experience has had a lasting impact on them all. Each student told us they now have plans to travel overseas or even go back to Turkey again, with Zac saying, “You just don’t realise how different some parts of the world are and don’t know what you’re missing out on if you don’t travel. It was such an amazing experience, we’ve all made some really close friends and learned some valuable skills that we never would’ve learned in a classroom.” Westside Circus, a circus program that frequents the school, attended

LIFELONG FRIENDSHIPS… (Back left) Former Shepparton ACE Secondary College students Zac Donaldson, Ethan Lyons, (back right) Kyrone Black and current student, Brayden Miller made some lasting friendships whilst in Turkey. Photo: Supplied.

alongside the group and also paid for their flights, accommodation and food throughout the trip.

Water: The Parallels between Australia and Afghanistan By Steve Hutcheson The Murray Darling Basin Plan is one of those issues that almost defies remedy. The Federal Government and each state, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and to a lesser extent, the Australian Capital Territory all have a voice and role to play in how water is used and allocated. The basin itself, covers a larger part of inland New South Wales and northern Victoria while it all flows through to South Australia. Within the basin however, there are dozens of other perennial and non-perennial tributaries and floodplains that add to the mix. But while the whole complex covers a large part of Australia, its management is divided along state boundary line. This is where it brings forward the parallel with Afghanistan. This remote country in South Asia has around eight major basins, with perhaps 35 significant watersheds all feeding off the Hindu Kush that cuts through the country. Afghanistan itself is divided up into some 34 provinces, each with their own tribally aligned provincial government under a much weaker Federal Government than we have in Australia. I had the privilege to work there for a number of years between 2003 and 2010, primarily in development and for part of the

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time, as the senior UN advisor to the Minister for Rural Rehabilitation and Development. The country was plagued with donor led development that frequently offered targeted support to one province, more often for broader political purposes, purposes that did not extend beyond the provincial borders into the next province. This oddly shaped development leads to a dysfunction in the homogeneity of the country’s development. The watersheds, nor the larger basins however did not follow those provincial borders and so, a road to market being developed for instance by one agency to placate a local governor might have followed a river, only did so until it reached the provincial boundary. This also influenced how the river watershed was developed. Irrigation was a major contributor to village life with small canal and karez that were centuries old delivering water to farms along the way. The early farmers paid little or no consideration to the needs of farmers downstream unless forced to do so through tribal wars. To overcome this, in conjunction with the minister, we were aiming for development to what we considered a sensible plan, to move away from the artificial division of provincial boundaries and see all work carried out within

the geographical boundaries of the watershed or basin so that development would be consistent over the whole development region. Australia is also faced with this artificial boundary development. Victoria is acting in the interest of the people in its state, NSW doing the same for its people, Queensland the same as is South Australia. As such, the Murray Darling Basin Plan has developed as a hotch-potch of state interests rather than the consolidated interest of the whole with state ministers each taking action that serves perhaps more their electoral interests overshadowed by a federal ministry with theirs. As a loss, the functioning of a properly managed basin control system that operates outside of political interests and within constraints that serve the best economic and environmental interest of the whole basin population is missing. So what is the solution? Do we need to have the states subsume their individual rights into a completely independent authority, that can produce a plan that relies on the best science, the best economic and best environmental interest for the nation rather than special interests, state or otherwise. Effectively, a Murray Darling Basin Plan that comes without political interference?


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Weber BBQ up for grabs at Chas Cole Cellars

A GIVEAWAY NOT TO MISS… Chas Cole Cellars retail assistant, Stephanie Délia and team leader, Marcus James encourage everyone to enter their amazing Weber giveaway. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

TR ADING for over 100 years in the Geelong region, Chas Cole Cellars has built a reputation as a renowned fine wine and craft beer merchant. T he new Sheppar ton outlet on Numurkah Road showcases a large selection of craft beers, fine wines and spirits. As well as their own variety of wines, Chas Cole Cellars has one of the largest ranges of local wines, ciders and craft beers in the Goulburn Valley. They also have organic and fine wines, gluten free craft beers, spirits and pre-mixed drinks available.

Chas Cole have a huge Weber barbecue bundle up for grabs valued at over $400. Simply spend $60 or more in store to enter (conditions apply). That’s not all, purchase any two six packs of craft beer or spend $40 or more on wine and get a free ultimate car wash valued at $12. Head into Chas Cole Cellars at 111-125 Numurkah Road, Shepparton (behind APCO Service Station) for all your craft beer, wine and spirit needs.

Victorian Government holds climate change hearing T H E P a r l i a m e n t o f V i c t o r i a ’s Environment and Planning Committee will be in Shepparton to hear from local councils and community groups tackling climate change. The hearing will focus on local initiatives combating climate change and how the government can support them. T he he a r i n g i s at Mo oro opn a

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Education and Activity Centre from 10:30am – 1:15pm on Wednesday February 12. Representatives from Shepparton, Moira, Campaspe and Mitchell shire councils will be appearing along with the North East Region Sustainability Alliance and Benalla Sustainable Future Group.


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Keep your pet happy and smiling FOUR out of every five dogs and cats over the age of three years have some sort of dental disease, which becomes more severe with age. This can be a real problem for pets and owners because it can lead to more serious problems such as illnesses related to the heart, liver and kidney. At GV Vets, February is dental month. Pre-booked dental checks are free in February, so now is the best time for your pet to ensure they are comfortable, smiling and happy.

Preventative dental care is often more affordable than treatments of extensive dental disease. Dr Frances Jenner You should check your pet’s teeth regularly as pets often won’t show pain. Even pets with sore gums or broken teeth will continue to eat so it is easy to miss any problems. GV Vets co-owner and veterinarian, Dr Frances Jenner said, “Checking your pet’s mouth is an important part of their annual health check. Detecting gum and teeth problems early enables us to do something about it; we prefer to take action before the problem is too bad. Preventative dental care is often more affordable than treatments of extensive dental disease. “Some signs of poor dental health to look out for in your pets include bad breath, brown muck (tartar) building up on teeth, broken teeth and drooling.” Keep your pet smiling and ensure their happiness with GV Vets. To book a free dental check, visit them online at www. gvvets.com.au, call 5878 1144, or pop in at 169 Nixon Street, Shepparton.

HEALTHY SMILES… GV Vets co-owner and veterinarian, Dr Frances Jenner encourages pet owners to book their pets in for a dental check during February. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

Cool heads make better drivers YOUNG drivers unfortunately are our most depressing statistic on the roads today. Leading senior constable, Glenn Gibson from the Shepparton police is the convenor behind a thought provok i ng, con f ront i ng a nd informative road safety program for young drivers, Cool Heads- it’s all about attitude. T he Cool Heads program is presented a couple of times a year and provides young drivers with advice directed towards having a better approach to driving and being responsible on the roads. The next session is being held at the GOTAFE Harder Auditorium, Fryer Street Shepparton on March 4. The information night is free and those attending are asked to be seated by 6.45pm. The Adviser. Australia No. 1:1495 Wednesday, February 12, 2020 – Page 13


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Making your skin glow LUSH Skin and Laser Clinic is Shepparton’s premier skin and laser clinic with world leading professional skin treatments and state-of-theart medical grade laser equipment. LUSH works alongside some of the world’s leading aesthetic companies to provide you with the latest skin and laser treatments that deliver real results LUSH Skin & Laser Clinic has a team of doctors, nurses, and skin therapists who pride themselves on excellence. The expert team of skin therapists are highly trained and have completed the highest standard of laser training recognised by the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery. If you struggle with problematic skin, such as acne, rosacea, pigmentation, or premature aging, you should visit LUSH Skin and Laser Clinic. LUSH Skin and Laser Clinic owner, Cat Armstrong said, “We offer a full range of skin and laser treatments including cosmetic injectables, laser tattoo removal, laser hair removal, laser rejuvenation and resurfacing, cosmelan and dermamelan depigmentation treatments, dermasweep, medical skin peels and so much more. “We are committed to providing excellence in results with the

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE… LUSH Skin & Laser Clinic owner, Cat Armstrong can help you with your skin issues. Photo: Supplied.

highest standard of care and safety, while delivering a personalised service to ensure the satisfaction of your desired goals.” Visit the clinic at 10/294 Wyndham Street, Shepparton or call 5832 7604 to book an appointment. For further information, visit www. lushskinandlaserclinic.com.au

Greater Shepparton represented on local government advisory panel GREATER Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Seema Abdullah, has been selected as one of 15 Victorian mayors to sit on the 2020 Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel. The panel is established by Minister for Local Government, The Hon Adem Somyurek MP, and is aimed at providing high-level advice on the range of matters which impact on Local Government. Cr Abdullah’s appointment to the panel

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follows Cr Dinny Adem’s appointment in 2017, and Cr Kim O’Keeffe’s appointment in 2019, during their respective terms as mayor. T he pa nel w i l l me et fou r t i me s throughout 2020; in February, May, July and September. “I am delighted and honoured to be one of 15 mayors from across the state to be appointed to the Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel, in my first year

as Mayor,” Cr Abdullah said. “Meeting the rest of the panel will give us a chance to highlight all that is happening in our region, and to discuss a range of topics important to Local Government. “Greater Shepparton should be proud to be represented on this panel, and Council is thrilled to have the opportunity to network and share our success and aspirations for the future.”


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SAM bursting with new exhibitions continued from front page NOW largely a resident of Melbourne where she has her workshop, Madeline returns to her parents home in Arcadia where she also works on her creative pieces. Students, teachers and the Greater Shepparton community are invited to participate in the 2020 SAM eduLAB with artist, Nadia Hernández, proudly supported by La Trobe University Shepparton. Hernández is an emerging artist originally from Merida, Venezuela and currently based between Melbourne and Sydney. Her art is informed specifically by the current political climate of her home country and her experience as a migrant woman living abroad. Articulated through textiles, paper constructions, painting, music, installations, sculptures and murals, her work negotiates complex political narratives

through the personal, the institutional and their intersections. These sessions will also run from March 13 to May 3. For further information or to make a school booking, please contact SAM at art. museum@shepparton.vic.gov.au In addition to these events, and back by popular demand, SAM Local: Best of Friends is a chance for local makers and creatives to exhibit their work in the SAM galleries where artists can submit two artworks for display. This exhibition is an open access exhibition showcasing the work of local artists in a wide range of mediums such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, graphics and textiles. The exhibition is run as part of the SAM Local program, which sees five exhibition spaces at SAM dedicated to highlighting artistic and creative practice within the Goulburn Valley. “Many people have a secret creative talent

and I encourage anyone with an interest to submit their work for the SAM Local: Best of Friends exhibition” enthuses SAM director, Rebecca Coates. “This exhibition shines a light on the varied and interesting work being created by our community and allows visitors to gain insight into our strong regional arts sector.” The artwork submission fee is $30, or $20 concession, which includes an annual single membership to the Friends of SAM. Current Friends of SAM members may submit works for free. Please register your intent to submit works via the SAM website. www.sheppartonartmuseum.com.au

INSPIRED BY HER HOME… Local Arcadia artist, Madeline Wright prepares for her exhibition at SAM. Photo: Steve Hutcheson

Expansion of doctor training facility in Shepparton continued from front page PRESENTLY, the Melbourne University campus adjoining GV Health, takes in postgraduate students in their second year. The new program will enable the intake to be first year postgraduate students. One of the features of this new program is that 15 students of the 30 must have a rural living background who are undertaking a Bachelor of Bioscience (Medical) at La Trobe University in Bendigo or Albury/Wodonga and who meet the rigorous entry criteria. Darren Grossmann, project manager for the Pathway to Rural Medicine project at Melbourne University said, “It has been shown that if local people are able to train locally, they are more inclined to stay local when they graduate.” The new development is currently still at

the information gathering phase in the design process. This is being undertaken by Shepparton firm, Vincent Chrisp Architects. The final design should be available sometime in the next six months with contracts and construction taking place shortly after that. The intention is that the project should enable a 2022 intake of the additional students. Julie Kelly, an associate and regional manager for Vincent Chrisp Architects said, “Within the development, the construction will provide additional training facilities and separate accommodation for each of the additional 30 students. In keeping with the existing facilities, buildings will be formed with six quarters in each along with cooking facilities, shared bathrooms and alternate spaces for socialising. As much open space as possible will also be maintained.”

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Berry Street calls for foster carers GROWING up in a safe home environment has a profound effect on how we end up as a society. It is an unfortunate fact that children and young people living in rural and regional Victoria are over-represented in the child protection system. With 42 percent of children now in foster care living in inner or outer regional areas, and children in remote and very remote areas combined being twice as likely to be in care as those in major cities, there is an urgent need for more foster carers in these areas. Within the Hume region, Berry Street currently has 39 foster carers who provide different types of care for 47 children, from short term to long term and respite care. But the organisations need more people to step up on this rewarding journey. “We are always looking for the right people to help us care for children who can’t live safely at home. Anyone over 21 can be a foster carer, as long as they have a spare room for a child,” said Sharelle Davidson, a senior manager at Berry Street, Shepparton. “People with experience working with children or in community services, such as

New location, same great day out

FOSTER PARENTING IS VERY REWARDING... Alan and Lindie Luckman from Yea have been foster carers for 28 years having cared for countless young people in that time. Photo: Supplied.

teachers, disability workers and aged care workers, make excellent carers, as do many others,” said Sharelle. If you or someone you know wants to be a foster carer, you can call the Hume region’s office on 03 5822 8100 or enquire through the Berry Street website: https://www. berrystreet.org.au/foster-and-kinship-care/ enquire.

A FUN DAY FOR EVERYONE… The Stanhope Show, Shine and Swap Meet is back for another year of cars, entertainment and swap meets on Sunday, March 8. Photo: Supplied.

WITH over 125 cars and 200 people in attendance last year, the Stanhope Show, Shine and Swap Meet is back again for an even bigger day at a new location. This year’s event will be held at the Stanhope Recreation Reserve on Sunday, March 8 with gates opening at 8am. There will be loads of entertainment for all ages to enjoy, as well as plenty of food and drinks on offer. Those wanting to enter their car, ute, bike or truck are

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encouraged to pre-book to ensure there is enough space for everybody and the day runs smoothly. There will also be stalls available for anyone wanting to sell goods or have a swap meet, and volunteers for the day are also encouraged to get in touch. For more information or to enter you r veh icle into t he Stan hope Show, Shine and Swap Meet, email stanhopeshowandshine@gmail.com or call Lyn on 0427 572 629.


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By Katelyn Morse OUR time in Nepal was spent mostly trekking in the Himalayas, however we did have a few days either side of the trek to spend in the capital city of Kathmandu. We knew we would be exhausted after the trek and would just want to relax so we made an effort to see a lot of sights before our trek. We booked a day tour with a private guide who took us around to four different locations in Kathmandu Valley. First stop of the tour was Swayambhunath Stupa, which is also known as Monkey Temple. We had heard there were hundreds of monkeys and that they weren’t scared of humans at all, so we were pretty cautious whilst walking near them. We made sure not to take any food with us as they would smell it and try and get into our bags. We saw them being very cheeky and managed to steal a banana from a local lady selling them to tourists. The complex is very large and consists of many Buddhist and Hindu shrines and statues. Many locals visit the religious site every day. It sits up on a hill and has great views over the

valley. Definitely worth a visit if you are ever in Kathmandu. Next up was a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square. This is where Kathmandu’s royal families once lived and ruled from. A lot of the structures here were damaged or had collapsed from the earthquake in 2015 and we could still see the devastation, 4 years later. The 7.8 magnitude Gorkha earthquake damaged or destroyed over 600,000 structures and killed around 9,000 people. The rebuild effort is a huge task and is still continuing as they try to restore historic sites such as the old palaces. Although a few buildings were still covered in scaffolding, there was still plenty of historic buildings to explore and it was great. Our next stop, Patan Durbar Square, was quite similar to our previous stop however it was all together and like one big complex full of temples and historic structures. Again, there was a big rebuild effort still happening but that did not take away from our experience. We were very glad to have a local guide explaining everything we were looking at; it wouldn’t have been the same if we just went there ourselves.

Pictured clockwise from top left: MONKEY TEMPLE… We visited Swayambhunath Stupa while in Kathmandu, which is also known as Monkey Temple. There were hundreds of monkeys running around trying to steal tourist’s food. HISTORIC SITES… Ash Millman and I spent a long time exploring Patan Durbar Square in Kathmandu as our local guide explained all the history to us. STANDING TALL… The main attraction at Swayambhunath is the Stupa which is a huge monument that is visited by many Buddhist and Hindus every day. VALLEY VIEWS… The view from the top of Swayambhunath looks out over the Kathmandu Valley. Photos: Katelyn Morse.

Pashupatinath Temple was the last stop of our day tour in Kathmandu and it was a real eye opener. The temple complex is one of the biggest in Nepal and is situated on both sides of the Bagmati River, which Hindus consider as holy. Along the banks of the river are raised platforms where they cremate Hindus. We had never witnessed a cremation before, so it was a completely new experience for us and there were multiple happening while we were there. It was fascinating to learn from our guide about the site and the religious beliefs. It was a huge day, but I would recommend to others to book a day tour as we did. Apart from the tour, we spent the rest of our time wandering the streets of Thamel, shopping, eating and exploring.

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2020 GV Harmony Cup brings people together THE 2020 GV Harmony Cup hosted by Shepparton Youth Club United Cricket Club is for people in the Goulburn Valley with any type of disability, of any age or gender and will be held at Princess Park, Shepparton on Wednesday, February 26 starting at 9.30am. Inclusive cricket clinics for people with a disability are held each Wednesday from 4.30pm to 5.30pm at Princess Park Shepparton in the lead up to the GV Harmony Cup. To participate in the event as a team or individual please contact Tony Giblin from Shepparton Youth Club United Cricket Club on 0407 246 778

READY TO PLAY CRICKET… Some of the organisers and players are getting ready to practise their cricket strokes. Photo: Supplied

New green officially opened at bowls club OVER the last 12 months, the members of the East Shepparton Bowls Club have been hard at work to upgrade their club into a worldclass venue. Last Thursday, February 6 saw all their hard work pay off with the official opening of their million-dollar pavilion. Celebrating their 50th year this year, the East Shepparton Bowls Club now have a state-of-the-art 9 rink undercover green with windows that can open up to allow in a breeze. Life members were invited to bowl on the new green first, followed by the rest of the members and volunteers who helped make the spectacular new pavilion a reality. East Shepparton Bowls Club vice president and part of the building committee, Dennis Galt said, “We’ve still got to finish off a few

things like fencing and landscaping, but the new green is what everyone is most excited about of course. “We’ve already had interest from parties to host state competitions which would be awesome for the club and the town.” East Shepparton Bowls Club has open bowls on Tuesday nights from 6:30pm, allowing people of all skill levels to get out on the green and have a go. EXCITING TIMES… From left (back), East Shepparton Bowls Club life members, Gino Cervi and Maurie Rowlands. (Front) Keith Jeffery, Mary Jeffery, and Stan Pregnal at the official opening of the club’s new pavilion. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

Swimming for a great cause THIS weekend will see some amazing individuals jump into the pool to swim for 24 hours to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis. From 12pm Saturday, February 15 to 12pm Sunday, the MS 24 Hour Mega Swim will be held at Aquamoves in Shepparton. The MS 24 Hour Mega Swim is a fun team relay event where

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