Goulburn Valley residents have identified the issues that they most want to see addressed by political leaders during this year's federal election.By Fiona Broom
Services for young people and migrants, public transport, roads and access to health care will be some of the issues the Goulburn Valley will focus on during this year’s federal election.
Goulburn Valley residents on the streets and via Facebook yesterday told The News what they saw as the big issues for the region.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard called an election for Saturday, September 14 in a surprise announcement on Wednesday.
The Labor leader said she wanted to avoid the ‘‘carry on’’ that usually arose from constant speculation of the likely date, setting up a record eight-month lead into the poll.
Goulburn Valley Health chief executive Kerryn Healy said the new Federal Government needed to address the need for the redevelopment of acute facilities at the hospital in Shepparton.
She said the acute facilities needed to meet the increasing demand for surgical and emergency services and address increasing pressure on medical beds.
Ms Healy said the Waranga Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home needed to be relocated to the Waranga Aged Care Hostel site.
‘‘The infrastructure of the Waranga Nursing Home is inappropriate as it is not purpose built and does not meet the current standards for residential aged care,’’ she said.
The Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District manager Chris Hazelman said Shepparton’s unique demographic profile as a destination point for migrants needed to be recognised.
He said Shepparton had been the leading regional area for new arrivals in Victoria for about four years.
‘‘We’re looking for attention from government to the infrastructure migrants, refugees and new arrivals want to access, such as basic things like health, education and a range of support services,’’ Mr Hazelman said.
‘‘They need enhanced access to English language training and an improved focus on providing appropriate interpreters.
‘‘They need to increase the level of expenditure on public infrastructure such as rail, the Goulburn Valley Hwy and public transport.’’
Mr Hazelman said older migrants also needed ethno-specific help accessing services, having paperwork explained to them and with food provided through programs.
A Tamleugh North farmer has described the theft of four sheep fences from his tornado-damaged property ''a low act''.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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