Goulburn Valley residents have identified the issues that they most want to see addressed by political leaders during this year's federal election.FIONA BROOM February 1, 2013 4:20am
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.
Workers from charitable organisation People Supporting People are warning Shepparton residents to keep an eye out for a woman falsely claiming to be collecting donations on their behalf.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
History is recorded to inspire the next generation, author John Northage said at the launch of, Mending the Goulburn Broken, in Shepparton last week.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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