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A CHINESE dairy juggernaut is courting Australias biggest milk processor, Murray Goulburn Cooperative, lobbing a buyout offer for the group, sources say.
Yili, which makes milk products for the Chinese market, is rumoured to the be in the box seat for the struggling Melbourne-based cooperative after tabling a substantial offer.
Confirming last month that it had slumped into the red during the year to June, Murray Goulburn also revealed it had fielded buyout bids and offers for some of its assets.
A buyout by an offshore group such as Yili would face scrutiny from the Foreign Investment Review Board.
Murray Goulburn chief executive Ari Mervis. Picture: Aaron Francis
Industry experts say any deal would likely need the backing of 90 per cent of Murray Goulburns farmer suppliers under its co-op structure. As such, the government would be less likely to overturn a deal even if the review board had concerns, they say.
Other bidders are said to include listed company Bega Cheese, Chinese group Fuyuan Farming, New Zealand dairy processing titan Fonterra and Canadian heavyweight Saputo, which already owns Warrnambool Cheese and Butter.
Italian dairy titan Parmalat, Japans Lion, Singapore-owned Goodman Fielder and New Zealands A2 Milk which is listed on...
PARENTS, teachers and visitors will welcome the first spaces in any gallery in regional Australia to be dedicated to meeting the specific creative needs of children.
These spaces will be provided in the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), and will include both indoor and outdoor places purpose-designed to encourage even the youngest visitors to explore and become more aware of their immediate surrounds.
They will be stimulated to touch, see, hear and feel to satisfy their curiosity and natural desire for learning in opportunities impossible to provide in the current SAM building.
The childrens gallery and outdoor space will encourage curiosity and learning through the sensory, emotional and intellectual stimulation of the children. Experiences will include a dedicated Childrens Gallery and Art Play space curated by artists alongside the temporary exhibition gallery. There will also be an outdoor clay playground to allow visitors to explore the materials used in the making of ceramics, inspiring interest and introducing children through play to SAMs unique collection of ceramics.
The vision for these art spaces includes experiences for school groups. Working with educational partners, the new SAM will deliver services to cater for curriculum needs from pre-school to tertiary programs.
As Kidstown has drawn tourists to Greater Shepparton, it is expected that this unique Childrens Gallery will draw visitors from across the nation. Taking account of the varied and specific needs and abilities of children, the arts precinct by the lake will be a welcome resource for parents, grandparents, teachers, students and tourists alike.
THE FINAL nominees for the 2017 White King-Pental 95.3 Triple M Business Awards have been named, and now each of the 100 nominees from this years awards are eagerly awaiting the Gala Dinner and Awards Evening, to discover who will be crowned the winners of each category.
This week, Trevor Phillips Photographics received a nomination under the Customer Service of the Year Professional Services category, Shop 221 received a nomination under the Business Award Retail Services category, The Carrington received a nomination under the Visitor Experience of the Year category, GV Ls 2 Ps received a nomination under the Best New Business Under Two Years category, MBCM Shepparton received a nomination under the Best New Business Under Two Years category, Furphy Foundry apprentice fabricator engineer, Adam Menzie received a nomination under the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year category and All Farm Gates received a nomination under the GV Healthy Workplace category.
All nominees will have the opportunity to attend the 22nd annual Gala Dinner and Awards Evening on Friday, October 6 at the Eastbank Centre, where winners of each category will be named. Tickets can be purchased at the Riverlinks Box Office, 90 Welsford Street, Shepparton or by phoning 5832 9511. Ticket sales close at 5pm on Monday, October 2.
THE Andrews Labor Government has announced an additional $4M in community biodiversity grants funding for 110 projects across the state as part of its support for the Biodiversity On-ground Action program.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp said local community initiatives, such as the Breathing Life into the Bushland and the renewal of threatened plant conservation projects along the Broken-Boosey-Nine Mile Creek system, will receive part of the $4M in funding to help protect, improve and expand habitats for Victorias native plants and animals.
Friends of the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton will receive a $29,092 community biodiversity grant to help them conserve and improve the significant urban bushlands of the Australian Botanic Gardens in Shepparton.
Goulburn Valley Environment Group will receive $44,945 in community biodiversity grant to enable themto re-assess the status of habitats and species populations along the Broken-Boosey-Nine Mile Creek system and other reserves in the eastern Northern Plains.
Mr Gepp said, Many people within our rural communities are already hard at work helping protect and preserve local native flora and fauna.
In the last year many dedicated local community groups inNorthern Victoriahelped to reduce threats and improve the survival of threatened species.
The Government is committed to biodiversity and encourages Victorians to learn more and participate in their local community, Mr Gepp said.
Community Biodiversity Grants of up $50,000 each have been allocated to 110 projects across Victoria.
THE SHEPPARTON SENIORS CONCERT will be held on Thursday, September 28 from 1:30pm at the Welsford Street centre. Guest artist is Johnny Doyle. Entry is $5, which includes afternoon tea. Everyone is welcome. For enquiries or bookings, phone 5821 4921 or 5821 9580.
THE ST AUGUSTINES OLD TIME DANCE will run on Saturday, September 30 from 8pm to 12pm at the St Augustines Hall on Orr Street, Shepparton. Music will be by Jan Dohertys Splinters Live Band. There will be a program of old time favourite dances, lucky spots, door prizes and raffles. Proceeds go to Shepparton Uniting Church Building Fund. All welcome. Admission is $8. Please bring a plate to share. For enquiries, contact Ted on 5822 0424.
SENIORS WEEK BUS TRIP is run by Murchison Neighbourhood House and will be going to Cactus Country Strathmerton on Wednesday, October 18. Cost is $35 and covers morning tea, entry, lunch and afternoon tea. Leaves Murchison at 9am with pick up in Mooroopna and Shepparton available (please ask when booking). Seats are limited and bookings are required by phoning 5826 2373 between 9:30am and 2:30pm weekdays.
THE SALVATION ARMY THRIFT SHOP is now open between 9:30am and 4:30pm every Saturday. Come in and see us for a friendly chat and find yourself some bargains at 3 Mill Street, Mooroopna.
DO YOU OR A FAMILY MEMBER HAVE ASTHMA? Come along to a free community education session at North Shepparton Community & Learning Centre (training delivered by The Asthma Foundation Victoria). Here you will find out more about Thunderstorm Asthma, who is at risk, how to perform Asthma First Aid and the link between Asthma and hay fever. Phone (03) 5821 5770 to reserve your spot.
BISHOP LESLIE AND THE SANDHURST DIOCESE will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima, which accrued on October 13, 1917 and culminated with the astounding miracle of the sun. 11am Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Cathedral Bendigo. St Brendans Parish is organising a whole day bus trip to the October Marian Festival in Bendigo on Sunday, October 8. All are cordially invited to join in the celebration. Bookings at St Brendans Parish, 121 Knight Street, Shepparton before September 22. More information on the Parish Bulletin or phone Bozena on 0426 867 647.
MENTAL WELLBEING: DEPRESSED? ANXIOUS? ISOLATED? SUFFERING GRIEF OR LOSS? KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS? The Shepparton Grow group meets weekly to offer peer support and use a proven program for mental wellbeing on Wednesdays from 1pm at 11 Service Street, Shepparton. All welcome. For further information, contact Lindy on 0448 052 769.
TIME FOR SPORTS TO SHARE THE SPOILS
One of the success stories of the Greater Shepparton City Council over the past decade has been its impressive roll out of major sporting events. This has been well delivered by the current council events team who have built upon the exceptional legacies of former managers who had the vision and insight to plan and develop facilities that can host major events.
Despite this success and the many millions of dollars generated each year for our economy, it is time that local sporting bodies that make these events possible receive greater financial support from the council. Despite the many thousands of hours these organisations contribute to these major events, financial returns are minimal. Burn out of volunteers with little reward for efforts is not a sustainable path.
Councillors have a unique opportunity to build upon the benefits of developing infrastructure for major sporting events, by establishing a funding program to create 3-5 year strategic partnerships with sporting organisations that can attract events and visitors to Greater Shepparton and deliver economic benefits to our community.
This funding program would recognise the need to ensure that sporting organisations have the staff and resources to remain sustainable and can more effectively contribute to the social and economic well being of our region. The regions major events calendar will grow with the type of support.
Maybe some of the few million dollars a year the council spends on publicity and propaganda promoting its achievements (also known as delivering services) could be diverted to a more positive use and fund a Sports Strategic Partnership Program. Lets say $300,000 for starters in 2018.
JUDGE AND EXPOSE FALSE TEACHERS
I take exception to the push of gay marriage with liberal supporters like Frank Purcell (recently in the media), because he is the fruit of a secular world and where does he get his figures from?
It is only natural that there will be people with different views but what do they base them on? Frank is not setting a moral example for people to follow because he is luke warm and Jesus had a bit to say about that
(Rev 3:15, 16).
As a fundamentalist I base my beliefs on what the bible teaches because it is a truth far beyond the wisdom of man. If we call ourselves Christian we bear the name of Christ and in doing so we have to believe what He teaches and gay marriage is not a part of it.
The bible is full of warnings of what will happen to those who tread the path of secularism and human reasoning (1 Tim 1:10).
It also warns us to judge and expose false teachers. These warnings need to be taken seriously because most churches wil...
FOUR schools across the Shepparton region could unite under the Andrews Labor Governments plan for improving education across as part of a new Shepparton Education Plan.
The plan will look at learning opportunities from birth to post-secondary, however many of the initial findings relate to the structure and operation of the regions secondary schools.
The latest phase of consultation will consider proposed scenarios of how Sheppartons secondary education could look into the future. The options already developed through the first phase of consultation with the community include the regions four schools remain operating as is, the four schools remain with minor improvements, one secondary school on one main campus with an additional tech school and Mooroopna precinct development and one secondary school on two campuses, additional tech school and Mooroopna precinct development.
As part of the transformational change, suggestions for a number of options for new facilities are to be considered, including a new secondary school, a new tech school, a Mooroopna precinct redevelopment and a new integrated childrens centre.
Further options for consideration will be enhancing teacher capabilities, upgrading school facilities and establishing new approaches to teaching and learning that put students first.
Feedback from the second consultation phase will be used to guide the continued development of the Shepparton Education Plan, with a final recommendation due to government early next year. The Shepparton Education Plan will be delivered over three stages this first stage focusing on the towns secondary schools.
Minister for Education, James Merlino said, We want to genuinely look at all options and to have an open conversation with the community about opportunities and benefits as well as challenges and constraints.
The community has spoken, it wants to see change so the young people of Shepparton and Mooroopna have better access to a high quality education and we are listening.
THE lives and future direction of hundreds of children across Greater Shepparton are already on the path to improvement thanks to a unique psychotherapy through play program being run at schools, and this is only the beginning for the revolutionary program.
The Interventional Therapeutic Play program, which aims to curb the negative future outcomes for those that have acquired neurological impairments stemming from early childhood environmental trauma, has seen accredited therapeutic play specialists hired from the beginning of the year to work with schools and parents to identify at risk children, and work with them to improve their educational and relationship outcomes, eventually leading the child to go on and be positively and actively involved in the community.
Local paediatrician, Dr Peter Eastaugh said, The statistics that we are gathering are already showing that there is a real problem and we have let this issue get out of control.
The number of children who have experienced environmental trauma that has had an impact on their growth has increased by 10 fold in the last 20 years.
Programs like this can make a huge difference to the lives of children.
They give us an opportunity to intervene and change the trajectory that the childrens lives may take.
Studies suggest that most adult family violence behaviour comes from early childhood, so early intervention is important.
In 2011, there were in excess of 200 children from schools in the Shepparton district who were on a waiting list for developmental or behavioural paediatric assessment, with approximately 50 percent of these children attending the Shepparton Neighbourhood Schools, which is a collaborative effort of five schools across the Shepparton region who service some of the most disadvantaged communities/children in the Shepparton region.
Upon identifying the need to act early, the neighbourhood schools partnered with myself to provide paediatric services to those children who attended the sc...
THIS Friday will see a series of celebrations taking place in recognition of the hard work that has brought the vision for the Greater Shepparton Regional Sports Precinct to a reality.
The sports precinct is a unique facility that is rarely found in a regional area, a facility that will reinforce Greater Shepparton as regional Australias sporting capital.
Work commenced on the precinct back in early 2015 starting with the construction of the synthetic hockey pitch evolving into a $21M state-of-the-art sporting venue.
The sports precinct will provide a significant boost to the local economy and will ensure that Greater Shepparton remains a leader in the hosting of major sporting events. The sporting precinct is anticipated to create visitation of approximately 265,000 participants, officials and spectators over 10 years for national and state-wide events alone, approximately 132,500 of whom will be from outside the region.
Visitor spending to the region will approximately be to the value of $82M over 10 years or $8.2M per year. The precinct will support approximately 105 full time jobs on an ongoing basis in visitor-related sectors such as accommodation, retail, cafes and restaurants.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem said, This is undeniably a world class facility that we in Greater Shepparton should be immensely proud of.
We can see that the years of hard work have paid off, with a facility that can be utilised and enjoyed by our community, while having the potential to attract and host national and international events. Its the perfect blend.
Goulburn Valley Hockey Association president, Ian Ritchie said, Having access to two fields has now given the Association a great deal of flexibility in hosting more matches in Shepparton, particularly when accommodating competing teams from Euroa, Benalla, Echuca and Bendigo.
The redevelopment of the hockey fields, together with the soccer, netball and athletics tracks is certainly making the precinct very attractive to other user groups, particularly schools, as the precinct now is a one-stop shop for a wide range of sports activities.
Shepparton South Soccer Club president, Gino Cirillo said, We have found the new precinct to be a huge improvement, and were fortunate that we can play on fields of such quality.
The beauty of the precinct is that it will entice young kids to play soccer and their families to come along to watch. Were also hoping to see many national and international competitions come to Shepparton to use these great the facilities, Mr Cirillo said.
Shepparton Netball Association president, Diane Orr said, The new Shepparton Sports Precinct has given our community a first class sporting facility which is well laid out, easily accessible and will be a significant drawcard for major sporting events in this region for many years to come. Shepparton Netball Association congratulate...
MBCM co-directors, Amelia Wright and Emma Glazebrook are thrilled to have won two awards at the recent MBCM Strata Specialists Franchise Awards the Community Spirit award for their work with the MBCM Northern Country Womens League this season and the award for Excellence in Sales and Marketing for 2017.
Amelia said, Were really proud of the work that we do and we really want to help people understand how body corporates work. For anyone who already owns or is thinking of buying a unit in a body corporate, we are launching our strata community advisory sessions on Tuesday October 3 at 6pm with a free, no obligation information night, open to anyone with any interest in body corporates or owners corporations, such as developers, owners, investors and agents.
There will be a short presentation on the basics of Owners Corporations and then an open Q&A session for anyone to raise any queries they may have in relation to units, body corporates, rules and regulations, rights and responsibilities etc. Refreshments will be served.
MBCM Strata Specialists have moved to a new purpose designed office at 98A Wyndham Street in Shepparton. Check out MBCMs new offices at the free owner information session on Tuesday October 3: To register your interest, call Emma or Amelia on03 5831 2913 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
STEPHEN Schneider owner of Stephens Jewellers is very proud to bring his vision of sleek modern store design and functionality to Shepparton Marketplace.
Stephen said, Weve come a long way since the beginning of our journey as Shepparton Showcase Jewellers in Fryers Street, Shepparton, back in 1994. The new Shepparton Marketplace store is a design three years in the making and draws on design elements gathered in more than 20 years of research of the jewellery industry within Australia and internationality.
We have once again partnered with several local professional trades to deliver the end result and wed like to thank prominent local businesses Kitchenwise, Moretto Building, Midland Electrical, Mooroopna Glass, Signs and Lines and Shepparton Carpet court for their commitment to this project. We are all very proud of the end result and to be nominated in the 2017 Shepparton Chamber of Commerce retail Business awards is a nice acknowledgement.
For Lisa, Annie and the Stephens Jewellers Marketplace customer service team, the sleek store delivers some amazing new jewellery collections and shopping experiences to their consumers. Such as the latest Shop in Shop experience from PANDORA Jewellery the worlds most popular jewellery collection. Stephen has also introduced a new collection of unique Australian Argyle Diamond set jewellery into the new store.
Stephens Jewellers Marketplace sales team leader, Lisa said, We have also been conscious of maintaining the quality jewellery and watch brands our Shepparton Marketplace customers have enjoyed over the past 18 years. We pride ourselves on delivering a quality gift giving opportunity across all price points.
Stephens Jewellers Shepparton Marketplace is open 7 days a week and most public holidays for added shopping convenience.
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