Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has announced she will recontest the seat at this year’s Victorian election.
Ms Sheed, who was elected to the Victorian Parliament in 2014 on a platform of transport, health and education, said she had unfinished business and looked forward to continuing to represent the needs of the Shepparton District community.
“After so many decades of being ignored by consecutive governments, Shepparton District is finally getting the attention it deserves,” Ms Sheed said.
“Momentum is building. We’re seeing progress on rail, the first stage of our hospital redevelopment is underway, we have the Government’s support for a fundamental transformation of our secondary school system and the community’s concerns about farmers’ access to water under the Murray Darling Basin Plan are being heard by key decision-makers.
“It has been a fantastic first term in Parliament, so much has been achieved, but there is so much more to be done.”
Ms Sheed said more funding for track works and new rolling stock for the Shepparton train line would be her number one priority in the lead up to the November election.
“Hundreds of millions of dollars is required to upgrade the tracks between Shepparton and Seymour to allow VLocity-type trains to travel on them and I want to see that happen,” Ms Sheed said.
“Improved connectivity is vital to our region’s prosperity and I strongly believe that message is finally cutting through.
“I also want to see a commitment to the second stage of Goulburn Valley Health, including a cancer centre and a mother-baby unit, and funding for the full rollout of the Shepparton Education Plan to give our young people the best start to life we can.”
Ms Sheed said it was an honour to represent the people of Shepparton District.
“It is such a privilege to travel throughout the electorate and meet so many wonderful people who are passionate about our community,” Ms Sheed said.
“The support I have received in this role from the community, my staff, and of course my husband, Dr Peter Eastaugh, has been invaluable and I look forward to continuing to work together to achieve the outcomes this region deserves.”
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