Members Statement – We’ve had our fair share of challenges in the Shepparton district in recent months especially with the spike in local COVID-19 cases.
Goulburn Valley Health has been instrumental in the response, setting up a local GV Health contact-tracing team. Having control at the local level was very successful and led to the containment of the two clusters in a prompt and efficient manner.
I commend CEO Matt Sharp and his team at GV Health for the important work they have done to keep our community safe and informed in the process.
Our aged-care facility Shepparton Villages faced a COVID-19 outbreak when a staff member and one resident tested positive. They had a plan in place and were able to put it into action to stop the spread. We think of the terrible circumstances our elderly community have had to face with the threat of the virus and the isolation in their rooms now for over a month.
We’ve also had to manage cross-border issues. We continue to face confusion, particularly for our agribusiness workers, produce supply chains, and those contractors and workers trying to get to their workplace across the border.
My office has had many conversations with the Minster for Agriculture and Regional Development, the Victorian cross-border commissioner and others as they work with NSW authorities to address permit issues.
As we head towards the end of the school year, we are thinking of our students. It hasn’t been easy for them, their teachers, parents and caregivers but they have done an amazing job and shown great resilience. To our year 12 students—my very best wishes as you complete your VCE year in such extraordinary circumstances.