Shepparton has been forgotten in a pair of public transport announcements that will benefit almost every other part of Victoria.JARROD WHITTAKER March 27, 2014 4:53am
Victorian Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder has this week announced $117
On Monday, Mr Mulder announced an extra $17
It was followed by yesterday’s announcement of $100
Yesterday’s announcement came as about 200 Goulburn Valley residents met in Shepparton to vent concerns about the state of the region’s rail services.
Shepparton has three daily return trains to Melbourne, while Bendigo has 18 and Ballarat 16.
Yesterday’s forum was organised as part of the Make Shepparton Greater campaign, which is pushing for five daily return services for the region.
City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Jenny Houlihan said the announcements meant residents were entitled to be ‘‘disgusted’’ and ‘‘angry’’.
‘‘It’s very unfortunate when the government puts out plans such as that, which obviously have a quite significant amount of funds going into it, that there isn’t a view that all Victorians should share in these benefits,’’ Cr Houlihan said.
‘‘We all have the rights to equal opportunity and equal services in Victoria.’’
Shepparton community member Jeanette Page attended yesterday’s forum.
She left questioning the point of it following yesterday’s funding announcement.
‘‘We know they’re in election mode, we know they’ve been spending $100
‘‘But what do we get for it here in Shepparton?’’
‘‘We needed the minister, we needed the premier — if that could ever happen and that would be fantastic.’’
The News attempted to contact Mr Mulder’s office for a response, but did not receive a response before going to print.
Mr Mulder last visited Shepparton in October 2011 to discuss the region’s rail problems.
Cr Houlihan said it was time he returned.
‘‘We thought that we got a point through when Minister Mulder came here the first time,’’ she said. ‘‘Obviously it didn’t have an impact.’’
Former councillor Chris Hazelman has been elected as seventh councillor for Greater Shepparton.
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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.
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Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society hosted an afternoon tea to recognise long-standing members Barrie and Flora Griffin and John and Margaret Harley.
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Scone Equine Hospital relaunches local veterinary practice.
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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.
The second Koonoomoo Pickers and Packers Charity Ball came to town on the weekend, and was bigger and better than ever.
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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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