LAST week was the week for ministers, with the Shadow Minister for Education, Nick Wakeling, Shadow Minister for Roads and Infrastructure, Ryan Smith and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Rural and Regional Transport, Simon Ramsay meeting with local groups, educators, council and industry professionals.
Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell said, “The visit from Nick Wakeling saw a very productive day of meetings with local groups on education.
“It was an opportunity for Nick to see some of the schools in the area, as well as hear from the Better Together School Alliance, the Shepparton Neighbourhood Primary Schools and the Lighthouse Project group on the future needs of education in Greater Shepparton.
“It was fantastic to have the ministers here to listen to our concerns,” Ms Lovell said.
Ryan said, “The visit was a great opportunity to speak with the council and Committee for Greater Shepparton about what’s needed here in terms of not just infrastructure but the important things that need to be focussed on in order for Shepparton to thrive.
“Shepparton shouldn’t be overlooked.
“The visit was also a great opportunity to hear the details surrounding the need for an AQIS approved facility here in the Goulburn Valley. In principle it sounds like something that I would support. It sounds like a low capital cost to get it up and running, and something that the freight industry would be interested in.”
Simon said, “My role is to look at ways that we can improve the efficiency and productivity of moving freight and passengers both on road and rail. We know the Shepparton Bypass is an important project; it has been since 1995. The rail is also equally as important for Shepparton.
“It’s important to have an adequate road and rail network to move product more efficiently and productively to be globally competitive.
“It’s essential that we move product from the food bowl here in Shepparton efficiently and profitably to our ports in Melbourne and the bypass and rail networks are an important part of making that happen.”