Heritage a priority for council
Greater Shepparton City Council has made preserving history a priority as part of its latest strategy.
It was a monumental day yesterday at Rodney Park Village in Mooroopna, with demolition beginning on the new $20million redevelopment.
A spokesman for the city’s only licensed brothel says illegal sex activity is continuing in Shepparton, despite being brought to the attention of Greater Shepparton City Council and police.
More than 300 people packed into The Woolshed for Wednesday night’s Fairley La Trobe Lecture by high-profile barrister Julian Burnside, where he delivered a stinging attack on the Federal Government’s refugee policy.
Shepparton has the highest number of homeless people in regional Victoria and has not always been on the receiving end of Victorian Government funding.
The Fryers St Food Festival is set to be stronger and bigger than ever, with two new local faces joining forces for the popular event. Held for a fourth year, event organisers Liz Connick of Your Project Partner and Jamie Lea of JL Productions have partnered to create the entertaining festival in November. Having worked at several events in the past, Ms Connick said it was the first time the duo had combined talents to organise a festival together. She said the two had seen the festival evolve over the years and decided to get involved after seeing an expression of interest released by council looking for organisers. ’It’s a nice partnership, we’re both local, we’re both passionate about local food and the region and showcasing our CBD and Fryers St,‘ she said. Offering a plethora of food stalls, as well as market stalls and entertainment, the pair has also decided to add some new attractions, including a Friday night event in the Maude St Mall called ‘Flavours of the World.‘ ’It’ll be all about local multicultural food vendors,‘ she said. Other ideas include a table booking service for the Saturday night and the ‘Hall of Handmade’ which will allow home businesses to get involved selling their food, produce and crafts. ’There will be all the things that people traditionally know about the Fryers St Food Festival and we just basically wanted to have a couple of niche little zones,‘ Ms Connick said. Passionate about showcasing her hometown and Shepparton’s Central Business District, Ms Lea said she was honoured and excited to be involved in the festival. ’I wanted to sink my teeth into a project that meant something and highlight the work that happens here 365 days a week,‘ she said. Ms Lea also said it is more important than ever to support Shepparton’s local businesses. ’It’s a privilege to be able to have the skills to hopefully deliver something that has a flow on effect,‘ she said. ’We do food well, we do hospitality well, we have the venues, spaces and the places for everyone to enjoy and I’m excited to show it off.‘ City of Greater Shepparton mayor Kim O’Keeffe said she was delighted to learn Ms Lea and Ms Connick had been successful in obtaining the role of festival organisers. ’It’s great to welcome two new organisers in, bringing their different perspectives on the event,‘ she said. ’I’m very confident it’s going to be bigger and better and I’m excited to see what they’ll bring.‘ Applications are currently open for anyone interested in being involved with the festival. ’We really do want to stretch it out so that it is from Corio St, right through to Wyndham St so fingers crossed we get lots of applications,‘ Ms Connick said. All applications and expressions of interest can be sent to the Fryers St Food Festival Facebook page or online at
Eating fresh fruit and vegetable is Muriel Burns key to living a long happy and healthy life.
Shovels to start construction of the Museum of Vehicle Evolution are expected to hit the dirt in October.
Shepparton’s new native fish hatchery is set to offer 12 full time permanent jobs, with half of these supporting Indigenous employment. Minister for Fishing and Boating Jaala Pulford was in Shepparton yesterday for the announcement which will see up to six Indigenous positions created once the new hatchery is completed in 2022. Ms Pulford said the fish hatchery would provide local employment opportunities for people keen on a career growing Murray cod, golden perch, silver perch and freshwater catfish. ”Employing Indigenous people to grow native fish like Murray cod will provide valuable jobs for people around Shepparton,“ she said. ”This is a wonderful opportunity for Indigenous people who connect with fish to land a hands-on-job supported by industry experts and leading education institutions.“ To assist Indigenous candidates pursuing the positions, the Victorian Fisheries Authority will partner with Melbourne Polytechnic and Deakin University next year to provide education, training and development opportunities. Training will occur around Shepparton and online, as well as on-farm learning at the VFA’s Snobs Creek hatchery near Eildon, and at private hatcheries throughout Victoria. The two-year course will provide graduates with a Diploma of Applied Science, majoring in aquaculture, with the VFA currently exploring scholarships for high performing students completing the second year of the course to offer full-time employment. ”We are really pleased with the partnership with the local Indigenous community but also the innovative course work we have been doing with Melbourne Polytechnic and Deakin University so that people will have the qualifications and the skills that they need for what’s going to be a world class fish hatchery,“ Ms Pulford said. The fish hatchery is a flagship commitment of the government’s $35 million Target One Million plan to get more people fishing and to grow millions of native fish annually to boost wild stocks for recreational fishers in Victorian rivers and lakes. (bold) Indigenous people can register their interest in the training program by emailing [email protected]
Fairley Foundation trustees visited selected projects and foundation-funded programs in Shepparton yesterday ahead of last night’s 2019 Fairley La Trobe Lecture.
Opinion was divided at Tuesday night’s Greater Shepparton City Council meeting over the reappointment of Peter Harriott as chief executive officer.
This Saturday marks one year since a Euroa woman endured a near-fatal car crash on her way to work in Shepparton.
Police have confirmed a Tatura East property destroyed by fire last Thursday belonged to convicted man Angelo Pat Russo. Russo was sentenced to five years imprisonment for the shooting manslaughter of David Calandro at the same property on February 18, 2017. Shepparton CIU Detective Senior Constable Paul Van Emmerik said the Victoria Police Arson Squad investigations have concluded on site and that the fire continues to be treated as suspicious. Sen Const Van Emmerik said the property had been unoccupied since Russo’s arrest. ’The cause of the fire is undetermined at this stage,‘ Sen Const Van Emmerik said. Sen Const Van Emmerik said Russo had been made aware of the incident and that it is understood he would be released from jail in the near future. ’We’ll be continuing to speak with witnesses and neighbouring farms in the area,‘ he said.
Human remains were discovered in dense bushland in Mooroopna on Wednesday afternoon. The body was found in the vicinity of Common Track by members of the public who quickly notified police. Shepparton Police processed the site in the early hours of...
A hotel in Mooroopna is currently taped off by police due to an assault that took place on the premises overnight. Shepparton Crime Investigation Unit acting sergeant Jeff Wren said a person has been hospitalised following the incident. He said the...
Powercor expects power will be restored in Tatura after midday today, after mass outages occurred across the town yesterday afternoon. The first reports of power outages in Tatura were at 3.30pm, due to high winds and heavy rainfall. A Powercor...
AN ECHUCA grandmother was confronted and may have been assaulted just after 6pm. Her family has posted security video in a bid to identify her attacker, who had been waiting on the veranda of the woman’s High St home. In their Facebook post the...