The Labor and Nationals candidates for the state seat of Shepparton have welcomed plans to redevelop Shepparton courthouse.JARROD WHITTAKER May 8, 2014 5:32am
Both candidates have firsthand experience working in Shepparton’s ageing court complex.
Before joining present State Member for Shepparton Jeanette Powell’s staff, the Nationals’ Greg Barr was a regular inside the courthouse as a Victoria Police detective.
His Labor counterpart Rod Higgins is a regular sight in the court in his capacity as a lawyer.
Last week, the Victorian Government announced $73
‘‘Given my policing background I’ve spent many, many hours and days at the Shepparton court complex and I know the poor state it was in,’’ Mr Barr said.
‘‘I think it was a great outcome not just for Shepparton, but also for justice services across the whole Goulburn Valley.’’
Mr Higgins echoed his sentiments.
‘‘The court building has been very hard to work in for the length of time I’ve been here — 14 years now,’’ he said.
Mr Higgins said he hoped the 100 jobs expected to be created during the construction of the new court stayed in Shepparton.
The two men disagreed about a lack of funding in the budget to improve Shepparton rail services.
Mr Barr said while there was no money for trains, the government was delivering for Shepparton one project at a time.
‘‘We can obviously tick off the courthouse, we can tick off saving SPC, we can tick off the roundabout at Benalla Rd and the pipeline at Cosgrove,’’ he said.
‘‘The trains will be another step and I hope in time that will be addressed as well.’’
In contrast, Mr Higgins said it was disappointing.
‘‘It’s not good enough, because service has been appalling for years,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve seen upgrades to all other (train) services in regional Victoria and metropolitan Victoria and nothing for Shepparton.’’
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Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
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