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Perceptions of Shepparton's reputation: Opinion by Christian Dow

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.

Stand up.

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.

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