Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Our Goulburn Valley 2021

Tech savvy and accurate

CONTRACTORS CAN DO... Scaffidi Contractors, administration officer, Daniel Scaffidi, brings his keen eye for detail to the 30-year-old family business. Photo: Kelly Lucas.
For over 30 years, Tony Scaffidi has serviced the Goulburn Valley, growing Scaffidi Contractors to employing 12 full-time staff.   Daniel, Tony’s son, oversees the...

Diverse range of skills to meet demands

ANOTHER HAPPY RESIDENT... Link Building Systems director, Andy George showing client, John Dimitropoulos, his freshly renovated bathroom. Photo: Kelly Lucas.
Link Building Systems is a locally owned and operated building company, operating throughout Northern Victoria and Southern New South Wales. Directors Cameron Wood and Andy...

Choice and quality on show

DREAM HOMES ON DISPLAY... Dennis Family Home sales consultants, Brooke Gribben, Elysia Fallon and Jackie Taplin know you will love what’s on offer at Seven Creeks Estate. Photo: Kelly Lucas.
Home buyers get a triple treat when they visit Dennis Family Homes at Seven Creeks estate in Shepparton. The three stunning Inspirations Series homes...

Building a new aspect

CREATE SHADE, ADD VALUE, LOVE YOUR OUTDOOR AREA... Business owner, Daryl Emmett, knows you’ll love the products and workmanship provided by GV Carports and Patios, that’s why every purchase comes with a 10-year guarantee. Photo: Kelly Lucas.
ESTABLISHED IN 1997, GV Carports and Patios are reputable carport, verandah, patio and pergola builders throughout the Goulburn Valley. Demonstrating exceptional resilience, they have managed...

Property market ahead of the curve

INVESTORS GO REGIONAL... Izzy Gribben is growing her property portfolio with property agent, Rocky Gagliardi from Gagliardi Scott Real Estate. Photo: Kelly Lucas
The property market in the Goulburn Valley is in full swing. Commercial, industrial, residential and rural are all seeing new limits being reached daily,...

Shepparton and wider Goulburn Valley, a serious hot spot for property

OUTLOOK IS BRIGHT IN THE GOULBURN VALLEY... Kevin Hicks Real Estate director, Kevin Hicks. Photo: Supplied
AT the cutting edge of property transactions in the Goulburn Valley is Kevin Hicks, principle of Kevin Hicks Real Estate. “Property prices flatlined for 10...

Residential, commercial and rural land going gangbusters in the Goulburn Valley

It’s difficult to wipe the smile off local real estate agents’ and their client’s faces as property of all persuasions experience boom times.  The combination...

Business continues to grow

BOOM THANKS TO RESIDENTIAL BUILDS... Pump operator David Tomkins with PJ’s Concrete Pumping manager, Keelan Don. Photo: Kelly Lucas.
THE PJ’S Concrete Pumping business has recorded year-on-year growth since their establishment over 20 years ago, and the past 12 months has been no...

Property market paused during COVID lockdown… but is off and running...

NO BUST IN SIGHT... Gagliardi Scott Real Estate principal, Rocky Gagliardi, inspects works which had commenced at Riverwood Park estate in January 2021. Photo: Stephanie Holliday
Despite the sale of 100s of blocks of land in the Shepparton area in the last two years – many that are ahead in...

Reliable service with a difference

ALL YOUR MACHINERY NEEDS... ConX Hire’s owners Sam and Steph Boda in the centre front, with staff at the back from left, Darren, Ruwan, Paul, Roz, Austin and Ethan. Photo: Kelly Lucas.
FOR contractors and builders, having that extra piece of plant readily available can change the nature of a job immeasurably. ConX Hire’s unbeatable service...

Property market booms for City of Shepparton and surrounding towns…

YOUNGS & CO REAL ESTATE... A family-owned and operated business that was founded in 1997 by Les, Glenn and Connie Young having served the area for many years... From left, consultant, Les Young and directors, Glenn and Connie Young, with licensed estate agent Bree Reeve and sales consultant, Michael Blake. Photo: Supplied
Lifestyle, work and play are big attractions  Much to the surprise of many, property has boomed in the Shepparton region during COVID, but one property...

Rural indicators show one of best agricultural seasons ever

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By Phin Zeibell NAB  Australia, Victoria and indeed the Goulburn Valley are now in the midst of one of the best agricultural seasons in living...

Local freight firm celebrates 30 years… and continues to expand

20 YEARS PROVIDING FOR THE COMMUNITY... Bicknells’ freight operation manager, Peter Gillespie, with owner Ros Bicknell and office manager, Jessamy Doyle. Photo: Kelly Lucas.
When COVID infiltrated Australia in 2020, whilst other businesses were unfortunately forced to close their doors, Bicknells Freight remained open and adapted to the...

Exciting times ahead: New era in 2022 for Shepparton BMW

NO SMALL FEAT... Shepparton BMW’s dealer principal, Aaron Brain, will spearhead the new local BMW and MINI’s brand-new state-of-the-art showrooms and service centre in March 2022. Photo: Kelly Lucas.
OVER the past couple of years, we have certainly observed some interesting new trends in consumer spending habits; not the least of which, has...

Over 45 years of experience

FLEETS AND FORKLIFTS... Available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, meet from left, Joe, Ryan, Bailey, Pete, Darren, Jenny, Leigh, Jesse, Matt, Rob, Grant, Shane, Pat and Jarrod from L & P Mackin Forklifts. Photo: Kelly Lucas.
BEING situated in the Goulburn Valley ‘fruit bowl’ and the epicentre of manufacturing, the need for a reliable and expert provider of forklifts is...

Moving with the times

SECURING THE FUTURE... Jordan Gattuso, pictured with his immaculate 5-year-old Kenworth T909, is following his father’s footsteps in the family transport business. Photo: Melanie Spencer
Suppliers and consumers alike have an expectation of knowing where their goods are at any given time as well as a mechanism to access...

Family trucking business a true believer in supporting locals

AN IMPRESSIVE FAMILY FREIGHT TEAM... From left, Ken Keating, Mark Keating and Stephen Keating. Photo: Supplied.
Joining a long list of local trucking dynasties who have thrown their support behind the all-new Museum of Vehicle Evolution (MOVE) is Keatings Freight...

Giving back to our community

RESPECT THE SAME FOR COMMUNITY, CUSTOMERS, AND EMPLOYEES... Meet Mick, Grant, Brody, Peter, Kurt, Mason, Frank, Richard, Brad, Lachlan, Michael, and Cassie. Photo: Kelly Lucas.
CMV Truck & Bus is a division of the CMV Group, a family business founded in 1934 by Sidney Crawford. CMV Truck & Bus have...

Shepparton hits new milestone

Entertainment opportunities in Shepparton have reached new heights. Throw in premier collectable cars, trucks, collectable motorbikes and bicycles, historical implements, radios, and the nation’s largest...

New college in the heart of Shepparton

HIGH SPIRITS AFTER A CHALLENGING YEAR... Students Alistair Gibson, Noah Moore, Brayden Wilson, Jasmine Ricardo, Sharni Wilson and Nedd Gladman pictured out the front of their state-of-the-art school building. Photo: Kelly Lucas
SHEPPARTON ACE Secondary College and its students have demonstrated exceptional resilience and good spirit given a challenging 2021 school year.  It was established 15 years...

Stewards of creation, community at heart

RICH AND DIVERSE… St Mary of the Angels Secondary College in Nathalia welcomes students from across the region. Photo: Supplied.
St Mary of the Angels Secondary College is a vibrant, faith-filled and welcoming College community which offers a rich and diverse learning environment for...

People will bring out the best in new school

LEADING THE COLLEGE.. Barbara O’Brien has been appointed the executive principal at Greater Shepparton Secondary College. Photo: Supplied.
With the final touches being put on the modern facilities and learning spaces of the new Greater Shepparton Secondary College, Executive Principal Barbara O’Brien...

Nation leading initiative created in Goulburn Valley

A STRONG FOUNDATION... Pictured Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford, Greater Shepparton Mayor Kim O’ Keeffe, Project Control Group Co-Chair Paul Briggs, Suzanna Sheed Independent MP for the District of Shepparton and Greater Shepparton Deputy Mayor Rob Priestly at Rumbalara Football Netball Club. Photo: Supplied.
DESIGNED to deliver a range of cross sector benefits, with particular focus on social and cultural inclusion and sustainable economic growth, the recently revealed...

Finding your passion and purpose

PASSION AND PURPOSE DRIVEN THROUGH EXPERIENCE... Director, Michael Millburn wants all people to realise their full potential through coaching and development, recruitment, and training opportunities. Photo: Kelly Lucas.
Michael Milburn took a chance when he opened his business in early 2020 and he has not looked back since, with his business growing...

Local firm facilitates wonderful opportunities

CITY SERVICE WITH COUNTRY CHARM... Graduate lawyer, Marcus Scott, with Director/Non-Legal, Loretta Mitchell and Director/Lawyer, Matt Jones. Photo: Kelly Lucas.
It’s no secret that regional businesses have traditionally struggled to draw locals back from the allure of the cities after completing their further education. Matthew...

We value our clients

SETTING THE BENCHMARK... SMR Legal directors, Fiona and Stephen Merrylees celebrated 10 years since opening the Goulburn Valley’s first law firm to introduce fixed fees. Photo: Kelly Lucas.
SMR Legal is a well-respected regional law firm with a strong focus of engaging with the community, building relationships with clients and maintaining a...

Personal injury lawyers with a personal touch

HELPING YOU TO GET BETTER... Barbante Personal Injury lawyer Kathy Barbante, principal lawyer Carmelo Barbante, senior associate lawyer Con Barbante, and associate lawyer, Rebecca Laface. Photo: Kelly Lucas.
With 38 years of personal injury law, Barbante Personal Injury Lawyers have a proud history of acting for injured people across the Goulburn Valley...

Building a protected business

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS... From left, Community Insurance Brokers account director, John Petzke, account executive, Clinton Campbell, office manager, Jan Petzke and general manager, Paul Fleming. Photo: Kelly Lucas.
Two long standing insurance brokerages have merged, giving a combined total of approximately 175 years’ industry experience. The merger, including JPI Insurance Brokers, provides broader...

Investing within and beyond

MB+M GROUP BOOSTS EXPERIENCE... new directors Vince Gagliardi CFP second from left, and Adrienne Gledhill CPA second from right, have joined Greg Luscombe, Natalie Parker and Anna McIntosh on the MB+M board. Photo supplied
FROM small beginnings as an accountancy and taxation firm emerging in Shepparton in 1946, MB+M Group has a rich history of helping their clients...

Protecting what’s most important to you

BENEFIT FROM LOCAL KNOWLEDGE... McLardy McShane Freer general manager, Barry Freer, wants clients to enjoy peace of mind knowing their assets are protected. Photo: Kelly Lucas.
A team of experienced professionals who live within in our community and are well versed in the specific needs of our region are able...

Celebrating a decade of award-winning finance broking

A POWERHOUSE WITH PLENTY OF BACKING ... Vehicle and Equipment Finance partners Steve Tricarico, David Edwards, Phillip Jones, and Warren Helman. Photo: Struan Jones.
ESTABLISHED in Shepparton in 2002, Vehicle and Equipment Finance have become one of the largest rural-based finance brokerages in Australia.  Now with in Shepparton, Ballarat,...

Meaghan Thompson, President – GV Young Professionals

Meaghan Thompson, President - GV Young Professionals
THE Goulburn Valley is not without its challenges, retaining a skilled workforce being a big part of this. The GV Young Professionals, by providing social...

Leaders in the insurance industry

PSC Griffiths Goodall is the largest insurance brokerage in the Goulburn Valley and aims to continue leading the way forward into the future. They have...

Career progression at GV Health

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS ON THE MOVE AT GV HEALTH... GV Health physiotherapist, Matthew Calleri, has found an opportunity in his chosen profession in Shepparton. Photo: Supplied.
Regional towns are often accused of lacking career advancement opportunities for young professionals, but for GV Health physiotherapists, Matthew Calleri and Georgia Kremor, nothing...

When courage leads to healthy outcomes

CARING FOR THE COMMUNITY... Shepparton Private Hospital physiotherapist, Shashwati Das with a rehabilitation client. Photo: Kelly Lucas.
A group of local doctors established Sherborne Private Hospital, in 1979, as an alternative for the Goulburn Valley. Ramsay Healthcare purchased Shepparton Private Hospital in...

Right there with you

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS... Will Phillips bought Elders Insurance in 2001 and has big plans to keep developing his professional team and business. From left, sales & accounts Naomi Still-Dudgeon, claims officer Tom Byrne, sales & administration Leah Lavelle, development manager Richard Barry and managing director Will Phillips. Photo: Kelly Lucas.
COMBINING all types of insurance with one of a kind service, no matter where life takes you, Elders Insurance will be right there with...

Cutting-edge security company keeping businesses and homes safe

STANDBY SECURITY, LEADERS IN INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY... Standby Security owner, Angelo Kakouros and his team are on standby to talk you through cutting-edge security systems for your business and home in the Goulburn Valley. Photo: Supplied.
THE last two years have brought great uncertainty to our lives and anything we can do to ensure the safety of our families and...

Telecommunications solutions tailored to your business’ needs

MEET THE TEAM... Optus managing director Anthony Spadaro and office manager Connie Spadaro, network engineer Himanshu Sachdeva, tele appointer Hannah Mammone, with business development manager Jo Ruth and business account manager Jodie Taylor. Photo: Kelly Lucas.
STRIVING to be the business communications and technology provider of choice for Northern Victoria, Optus Business Centre VIC Regional North provide exceptional service and...

Seeing abilities and possibilities

A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE... Connect GV employees. Back row from the left: Sean Grant, Tom Hanning, Leigh Smith, Scott Harris, Anthony Putt, Mewan Dissan, Gavan Deamy and, Kali Frost, Kimberly Healey, Karen Casey, Melissa Joyce. Front row from the left: Annunziata Fotia, Berkan Dag, Daniel Falla, Carolynne Frost, Katrina Holland, Rukmal Jayawardena, Alexandra Foster, Ramesha Jayasuriya, Jackie Ciszewski and Jo-Ann Hall. Photo: Kelly Lucas.
For 67 years ConnectGV has been a part of the Goulburn Valley community. The registered NDIS provider and not-for-profit, focusses on the ability and...

Nuts and bolts of riveting service

LOCALS SUPPORTING LOCALS... Ultimate Fasteners’ sales assistants, Simon Decker and Kyle McLeod show off the Milwaukee range in-store. Photo: Kelly Lucas.
Coming up to 14 years in business in January 2022, owners of Ultimate Fasteners, Dean Jones and Mark Shanahan, employ sixteen local residents, part...