What is it about Shepparton that causes its own community, mostly its youth, to lash out against it?CHRISTIAN DOW December 6, 2012 10:20am
People spouting words such as ‘‘hole’’ and profanities that outnumber the words I even know.
I can’t say for sure.
Most of them can’t either.
Sure, we have problems that need addressing, mostly the crime rate, of which the cause is debatable.
Perhaps we’re a bunch of racists, bogans or hoons.
Perhaps we’re bored because we can’t get jobs and retail outlets are closing down.
Perhaps we’re just monsters.
But we’re all victims, right?
There’s nothing that can be done and we just have to live with it and hope that it gets better.
But I do believe in the good of people and the good of our little city.
There’s a whole lot more going on behind the scenes for the better and I guess it’s human nature to be pessimistic and focus mostly on the bad.
Let me just remind you of what Shepparton DOES have: Volunteers.
These people believe, with all their hearts, in the good of this city.
They believe in change and that one individual CAN make a difference.
We have people giving up their Christmas day to help those not so lucky.
People taking children with disabilities out on day trips for no other reason than to see them smile.
People feeding the hungry.
They don’t do it for the praise.
In fact, most of this goes unnoticed to the general public, but they’re out there fixing this city while we sit back and tell them how bad it is.
We sit here and criticise without having the gall to even lift a finger and make a difference.
This city’s declining nature that we all speak of is on us.
It’s on you.
Make a difference, because those people out on the streets know that they are, and they know that you can, too.
So really, it’s all on you.
Budding Kyabram actor Taylor Smith Morvell is one of 20 Victorian students chosen to perform his Year 12 theatre studies monologue in Melbourne next week.
The Yarrawonga and District Cemetery Trust has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Department of Health to undertake development work at the Yarrawonga cemetery.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
A man has been taken to Echuca hospital after being trapped for several minutes in his vehicle.
Steve Glassborow has returned for a twentieth year, bringing a range of his bronze sculptures.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
Family of former Seymour man killed in a road crash in Los Angeles before Christmas set up a Melbourne University scholarship in his honour.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Leitchville-Gunbower at home was too strong for Heathcote’s senior footballers in their first Good Friday clash.
Huge crowds turned out for Cobram Barooga's River Beaches Festival, which featured a special splash for 2000 rubber ducks.
South West Arts ArtOut will be held again in 2015 after last weekend's inaugural success.
Murray Goulburn has lifted its milk prices to about $6.66 kg milk solids.
Benalla's Kevin Harper will be honoured in the motorcade lap of honour at Melbourne Cricket Ground tomorrow for his service during the Korean War.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.