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.’’
Shepparton coach Brad Campbell and his young Bears are looking forward to tackling the might of Kyabram at Deakin Reserve in Goulburn Valley Football League.
With Dookie sitting fourth on the ladder the Bears expected a hard contest on their home deck and when they kicked the first two goals it was game on.
Tatura Community House held its annual High Tea fundraiser at the facility on Tuesday, with a full-house present to enjoy a sumptuous morning tea, good conversation and relaxing time together.
Ross Morgan’s dreams of reliving his go kart racing days with his son have been shattered.
Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society hosted an afternoon tea to recognise long-standing members Barrie and Flora Griffin and John and Margaret Harley.
Ky export gets first Navy Blues win.
Scone Equine Hospital relaunches local veterinary practice.
A beauty pamper day has raised a whopping $18k to assist local lady Terri Bevan with her ongoing medical costs associated with her brain tumour
A planning scheme amendment to allow the expansion and redevelopment of the IGA supermarket at Heathcote has been approved by the Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne.
Cross-border rivals Cobram and Barooga football netball clubs will contest the 38th Cobram Courier Shield this weekend.
An exciting three-hole playoff saw Virginia Lange take a narrow win in the Deniliquin Ladies Golf Championship last Thursday.
The G-MW Murray gravity irrigation system has received 35 per cent and the Goulburn system 42 per cent of allocation from July 1.
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