Suzanna Sheed outlines vision for Shepparton

By Liz Mellino

Sitting state Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed formally launched her campaign yesterday to retain the seat for a second term.

Outlining her visions, Ms Sheed focused on the need to complete a number of projects, including stage two of the Goulburn Valley Health redevelopment, Shepparton Education Plan and bypass funding.

She also cited the importance of maintaining a strong stance on water policy dealings.

‘‘So many of the projects under way still need a lot more work and there are others that this community is crying out for,’’ Ms Sheed said.

‘‘We need funding to complete the Shepparton Education Plan, for the Neighbourhood Schools Project and for a residential mother-baby unit to help families give their children the best possible start to life.’’

With little more than a month before the November 24 election date, Ms Sheed said she had spent time planning her campaign on what she believed were the building blocks for a successful community.

She said stage two of the hospital redevelopment was at the forefront of concerns, with the need for an integrated cancer centre in the area.

‘‘GV Health remains a major issue. We need an integrated cancer centre. It’s not good enough that people from our region have to travel to get radiotherapy,’’ she said.

‘‘When people are looking to come to the country they look at having access to good health services and good education for their children.’’

Ms Sheed said this campaign was notably different to the last, with added interest from the major parties putting Shepparton on the map.

‘‘Last time, a lot of what I did was born out of frustration at the sameness of what we’d had for so long,’’ she said.

‘‘It is a very interesting election this time and that’s what they should be — a fight for people’s attention — bringing the issues to the fore and letting people make a solid judgement of what they want to do.’’