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Friday, 23 September


OUTintheOPEN Festival is coming… Goulburn Valley Pride Inc.

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Thursday, 22 September


Happy 7th Birthday to Us! Mansfield Farmers' Market

a basket full of goodness from mansfield farmers market

It is REALLY exciting to be able to celebrate 7 years of the Mansfield Farmers’ Market – it means so much more than simply “making it through” 7 years.  Over that time:

  • the number of regular stallholders has grown
  • some of our producers have expanded on gone on to bigger and better things (yay)
  • producers have won awards for their products
  • Mansfield Shire based stallholders has grown from 25% to over 60%
  • our location has changed
  • our shoppers have kept on coming back every month

We really want to thank YOU the customer for supporting our market.  Our stallholders turn up every month regardless of the weather because this is their business.  They have grown animals, baked bread and cakes, picked fruit and vegetables, planted trees and seedlings, milked cows and goats – the list goes on.  They then pack their vans and cars and turn up at markets all over the state to sell their products.  They can only do this if people turn up to buy it.  Even when it is wet and cold.  Thank-you.

A huge well done to Thomas and Gabi from Boonderoo Bread – for not only turning up to our very first market but for continuing to do so EVERY month since!  Thank-you.

We have some brand new stallholders with us this month – Greta Valley Free Range Eggs and Eildon Trout Farm, as well as returning stallholders Tin Shed Cider, Tolpuddle Cheese and L’Amour de la Crepes.

Whilst September is a very exciting month because it is our birthday, our October market also deserves a mention.  October 22nd falls within the local Spring Arts festival and our market LOVES to take part.  This year we will be welcoming the Mansfield Arts Council with a number of art related stalls at the Western end of our market.  There will be entertainment from Bush Poets.  Some music from the Mansfield Steiner School orchestra and the Geelong Grammar Timbertop students.  October is also the month for our Gorgeous Gumboots exhibition – grab an old boot / shoe / pair of thongs and decorate it along the theme of “Food”.  We have had some fantastic exhibits in past year and this is always a bit of fun.

Locally in the “world of food” a number of our producers have been successful in the recent Australian Fine Food Awards.  Gold medals were awarded to Stephen’s Fine Foods (Christmas puddings), Long Lane Capers (capers and caperberries) and High Country Farm (garlic).  Silver medals went to Rushnot Garlic and Delatite Special Occasions (fruit pudding).  This is a fabulous achievement for both the producers individually but also for our local area.  Well done!

September Stallholders (correct as at 22/9/2016)

  1. Aintree Almonds
  2. Boonderoo Farm – Bread & pies
  3. Delatite Special Occasions
  4. Gary’s veggies
  5. Greg’s Seedlings
  6. Greta Valley Free Range Eggs...

Wednesday, 21 September


Dr Alexander appointed GV Health interim CEO The Shepparton Adviser

Dr Alexander appointed GV Health interim CEO

TAKING ON LEADERSHIP ROLE… GV Health has appointed Dr Max Alexander as the interim CEO. Photo: Emma Hillier.

AFTER the departure of former GV Health CEO, Dale Fraser on July 1 this year, GV Health has just announced Dr Max Alexander to be its interim CEO.

Dr Alexander will be taking on the leadership role for the next few months, while the hospital continues the recruitment process for the permanent position.

Dr Alexander (MBBS, MBA, FRACMA, GAICD, FRACGP) was chief executive of the Southern NSW Local Health District for the last five years and has a strong record for delivering exceptional financial, clinical, operational and employee performance. He is medically trained and has extensive experience working in senior positions for a range of healthcare organisations, including Western Health, Barwon Health, ACT Health and Bayside Health (Alfred).

GV Health Board chair, Peter Ryan said, “We welcome Dr Alexander to the interim role. His experience and expertise will be invaluable and complement our already strong executive team while the recruitment process takes place.

“He is passionate about leading organisations to achieve high performance and a strong culture – working in partnership with staff and the community.

“The board and I also wish to acknowledge the significant work undertaken by Fiona Brew over the last three months in her role as interim CEO. We are very grateful for the outstanding job Fiona has done, leading the team in the interim period and maintaining high quality service delivery. Fiona is returning to her very important role as executive director innovation and performance and chief nurse and midwifery officer at GV Health – a key position in our executive team.”


A healthy gold star win for Campbell’s The Shepparton Adviser

A healthy gold star win for Campbell’s

ZERO LOST TIME… From left, Campbell’s Soup manufacturing coordinator, Darren Kelly, site coordinator and return to work coordinator, Heather Holmes, canning manufacturing manager, Shane Lowe and Soft Tissue Centre managing director, Dr James Murray. Photo: Supplied.

CAMPBELL’S Soup Australia’s Lemnos factory has won the first Soft Tissue Centre (STC) Gold Star Award for employee health and wellness, with the company having zero lost time injuries for each of the past three years.

Soft Tissue Centre founder and managing director, Dr James Murray said, “The Campbell’s Soup Australia site at Lemnos, in the Goulburn Valley region, had

zero lost time injuries for each of the past three years (no productive work time lost due to injury), and just one reported injury for each of the past two years.

“Our approach is the sports model, keeping everyone on the field for the duration of the game. Campbell’s Soup Australia is certainly doing that. This is an outstanding result and proof that it can be achieved.

“There can be health, wellness and productivity in the workplace. It is achievable. Commercial success does not have to come at the expense of employee health. In fact, employee health and wellness are the key to success.”


Entries coming to a close for prestigious literary prize The Shepparton Adviser

ENTRIES for the 2016 Joseph Furphy Commemorative Literary Prize writing competition are coming to a close on October 14, and local writers are being encouraged to get their entries in before they miss out.

Now in its 24th year, the literary prize was inaugurated in 1993 to commemorate 150 years since the birth of Joseph Furphy. Under the pen name of Tom Collins, Joseph Furphy wrote a number of books and articles. His best known work is Such is Life. The Furphy Foundry Pty Ltd generously donates the prize money for this annual writing competition.

Poetry entries may be on any subject, and in any style, and will be judged in two sections. The youth section is for entrants up to 18 years of age and carries a prize of $75 for a poem of up to 30 lines. The open section carries a prize of $150 for a poem of up to 40 lines.

Entries for the short story competition will be judged in three sections.

The junior section caters for entrants up to 12 years of age and carries a prize of $50 for a story of up to 2,000 words. The youth section, for entrants 13 to 18 years of age, carries a prize of $100 for a story of up to 3,000 words. The open section carries a prize of $300 for a short story with a maximum word limit of 3,500 words.

Entry forms are available from all branches of Goulburn Valley Libraries, or may be downloaded from

For further information, contact the event organiser, Jan Sutton on 1300 374 765.


Soil testing carried out to prepare for new SAM project The Shepparton Adviser

Soil testing carried out to prepare for new SAM project

OVER the coming two weeks, ground condition testing will be carried out at Victoria Park Lake’s Con Palling Reserve, which will form part of the Shepparton Art Museum Architectural Competition stage two design brief.

Subsurface geotechnical investigations are to be undertaken within the area to determine the physical characteristics of the subsoil.

The site works will comprise borehole drilling below the subsurface and soil testing. Boreholes will be undertaken consecutively by a mobile drilling rig and take approximately one to two days each.

Greater Shepparton City Council Acting Manager Projects, Darren Buchanan said, “This information will enable competition entrants to develop their design concepts with as much information as possible about the soil types in the lakeside area.

“To ensure the safety of park users, each borehole site will be established and enclosed by temporary site fencing for the duration of the activity. On completion of the works, each of the boreholes will be suitably and safely backfilled.

“The surrounding trees will not be impacted by the works.

“We aim to keep all facilities, including the barbeque and toilets, open for use but there may be some temporary inconvenience in the area. We ask that the community comply with all signage and instructions from the site manager during the works,” Mr Buchanan said.

If any member of the public has questions, contact project engineer, Saleem Shaikh on 5832 9700.


Wine by Sam takes Wine of Show The Shepparton Adviser

Wine by Sam takes Wine of Show

Dookie Wine Show Dinner pays tribute to ‘First people’

A FEELING of a connection to country flowed through the McIntosh Centre last week, as 186 people took in the tastes, sights and delights of the 2016 Dookie Wine Show Dinner.

From the table centrepieces to the decorations, right down to the five course gastronomic Dreamtime menu featuring traditional ingredients such as possum, kangaroo and emu and paired with local wines competing in the competition, the night’s theme was evident. But it was the announcement of 2016 Wine of Show that everyone was anticipating.

With 92 entries this year, it was Wine by Sam who came out on top with their Victorian Shiraz 2015.

Made from fruit grown in the Strathbogie Ranges and them made in Seymour, Wine by Sam’s winning Shiraz was well received by those who attended the dinner.

Dookie Wine Show chairman, Paul Phillips said, “Being a 2015 wine, the Wine by Sam Shiraz is a young, vibrant, fresh fruited red and has plenty of potential in the bottle for years to come.

“This wine goes through a slightly different process to be made. The winemakers used some whole bunches of grapes in the fermentation process, so it gives the wine more depth of colour and softens out the tannins on the back palate.

“It’s the first I’ve heard of the method used to make this wine being done in central Victoria.

“This year’s theme was great. There was a lot of culture and the decorations and table settings set the theme perfectly. It really made you feel as though you were in the bush.

“10 years ago, 80 percent of entries were red, but something we noticed this year is that we were closer to 50/50.

“Overall, the white wine classes are increasing in numbers and also, wine judge, Simon Killeen has noted over the last four years he has been involved with the show, the quality of white wines has risen.

“Traditionally in this area, we have been known for Shiraz and somewhat Cabernet, but white wines are starting to come into their own in the area and consumers are taking note of that, which is very encouraging.”

GOTAFE have been involved with the Dookie Wine Show for the past 12 years, and utilise the event to provide learning outcomes for students who are studying hospitality, tourism, events and cookery.

GOTAFE events trainer, Claire Taylor said, “In developing the concept for this year’s Dookie Wine Show, our students wanted to afford some real change and have acknowledged the winemakers’ connection to country and how it is shared with those of the Yorta Yorta nation in our own community.
“This year we acknowledged, explored and celebrated our ‘First people.’ We sought assistance from local Indigenous partners including artist, Ross A. Morgan, Corey Walker from Academy of Sport Health and Education and Merle Miller from Yorta Yorta Nation, to bring together an event that accurately and respectfully showcased the world’s oldest living culture.

“The event also explored the story of Biami the Creator Spirit, who formed the river Dungala, also known as the Murray River.”


Councillor election race is on The Shepparton Adviser

Councillor election race is on

THE race for the nine seats available as a councillor on Greater Shepparton City Council has begun. Over the coming weeks, The Adviser will be offering each candidate the opportunity to answer four questions on some of the hot topics in the community at the moment, to give the people of Greater Shepparton the chance to get to know their prospective councillors.


Rod Schubert

Campaign message:

To actively connect, engage, listen and learn from ratepayers, whose feedback and input is crucial.


What is your plan of action to give the people of Greater Shepparton the things that they believe are important?

I have personally invited ratepayers to phone me directly with their thoughts and ideas to make Greater Shepparton even greater. The rate money is their money. Ratepayers are actually shareholders in council and therefore must receive a positive return on investment. I will ensure all towns receive their fair share of funding and push for a more ‘can do’ attitude from council.


What is your opinion on the Maude Street Mall?

The mall area is a sleeping giant that we should set alive as the vibrant heart of the central business and retail district. Given the history of the Maude Street Mall, I will seriously and objectively research and examine, in-depth, the pros and cons of the best options available to revitalise not only the mall but the whole CBD. However, it’s not a matter of reinventing the wheel, it’s a matter of cost effectively applying what is proven to work.


Where do you stand with allowing a larger supermarket to be constructed along Numurkah Road?

It is early days. I will wait and consider my point of view if and when rezoning goes ahead. Then, a planning permit will have to be considered by council. I will consider and scrutinise every element to ensure fair, open and honest outcomes in the fairest interests of all parties. However, the North end of Shepparton is growing and we must best facilitate the services that residents and businesses need at this end of the city. We must also protect those who have invested in this area.


What is your vision for Greater Shepparton?

For council to be dynamic, proactive, open, transparent and loved and to provide incentives for business, development, growth and opportunity. Best practice business principals will be a part of council’s operations. Free car parking for shoppers in the CBD is a matter of importance. I would like to see all local roads in good condition, as well as the completion of the GV Bypass and GV Health’s new facilities, including radiotherapy services.

We need improved passenger rail services to Melbourne and inclusion in the high-speed rail service. A thriving Shepparton Art Museum will capture the interest and engagement of all persons. What we don’t need is more expensive investigations or wasteful use of costly consultants.



Bruce Giovanetti

Campaign message:

Cut the waste and cut the red tape.


- What is your plan of action to give the people of Greater Shepparton the things that they believe are important?

To listen to the ratepayers and determine what they consider as priorities for the new council. Over my 35 years in senior management positions, proper planning is the key to any decision being made. This must be a pre-requisite for...


Nominations closing this week on lead up to anticipated gala dinner The Shepparton Adviser

Nominations closing this week on lead up to anticipated gala dinner

WITH nominations for the 2016 White King-Pental 95 3SR FM Business Awards closing this week, be sure you get in early to secure your ticket for the annual gala dinner night next month, where the prestigious awards will come to a spectacular end for 2016.

This week, Cardamone Real Estate received a nomination under the Best Marketing/Advertising Campaign Award category, Wanganui Park Secondary College IT technician, Cody Healey took out a nomination under the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year Award category, John Morrow Refrigeration received a nomination under the Customer Service Award – Trade Services category, Corbetts Chartered Accountants & Advisors took out a nomination under the Business Award – Professional Services category, Black Crown Tattoo received a nomination under the Best New Business Award – Under Two Years category, Poolwerx took out a nomination under the Customer Service Award – Retail Services category, Fusion Tinting received a nomination under the Best New Business Award – Under Two Years category, Greater Shepparton City Council economic development officer, Rohan Sali took out a nomination under the Young Professional of the Year Award category, Barbeques Galore Shepparton received a nomination under the Business Award – Retail Services category and Australian Hearing manager, Paige Madgwick received a nomination under the Young Professional of the Year Award category.

The 2016 White King-Pental 95 3SR FM Business Awards will culminate with its 21st annual gala presentation dinner on Friday, October 21 at the Eastbank Centre, where winners from each category will be announced and the illustrious hall of fame winner will be named. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Tickets for the dinner must be purchased before 5pm on Wednesday, October 19 through the Riverlinks Box Office at 90 Welsford Street, Shepparton, by phoning 5832 9511 or visiting


“Best new business” in just two months The Shepparton Adviser

“Best new business” in just two months

OUTSTANDING TRANSFORMATIONS… From left, Vinden Landscaping business partners, Evan Viney and Rod Densworth. Photo: Emma Hillier.

WE only get one life and in that life, it’s hoped that you love what it is you spend most of your time doing. Driven by creative expression, a love of the outdoors and the sheer joy of developing and creating beautiful transformations, Vinden Landscaping was born.

Still in its infancy having started in July this year, Vinden Landscaping has already achieved a nomination for “Best New Business Award – Under Two Years” from the 2016 White King-Pental 95 3SR FM Business Awards.

Business partners, Rod Densworth and Evan Viney bounce ideas off each other and draw from one another’s area of expertise.

Rod said, “I’m the gardener and Evan’s the landscaper and we work really well together with each of us bringing ideas to the table.

“In our work we aim to achieve outstanding results that not only manage to meet the client’s brief, but results that proudly leave our creative stamp.”

Currently, Rod and Evan are enjoying working on the outdoor play area at Wyndham Early Learning Centre childcare centre and are eager to continue to build their business.

For landscape and gardening queries, contact Evan on 0448 512 811 and Rod on 0418 342 261.


Krueger’s gives back after birth of baby Felix The Shepparton Adviser

Krueger’s gives back after birth of baby Felix

GIVING BACK… From left, Krueger’s Fine Meats and Smallgoods co-owners, Martin and Emma Krueger who have just welcomed little Felix into the world, standing with GV Health Foundation director, Carmel Johnson. Leading up to Felix’s birth, Martin and Emma held an in-store competition where customers made a donation of $5 to guess the sex of the baby, with all donations going to the GV Health Children’s Ward. Photo: Emma Hillier.

IT’S one of the happiest moments in life when you welcome a new bundle of joy into the family, and having just welcomed baby Felix into the world, Krueger’s Fine Meats and Smallgoods co-owners, Emma and Martin Krueger decided they wanted to do something special to give back.

On the weeks leading up to the birth, the new parents were still unaware of the sex of their baby, and decided to start a competition in-store for customers to guess whether it would be a boy or girl, but to do so they had to make a $5 donation, with all proceeds collected to go to the GV Health Children’s Ward.

Emma and Martin said, “As part of the donation, everyone who was correct in the sex of the baby were offered a $5 discount on their next order. Many said they didn’t want the discount and were just happy to make a donation. We helped raise $560 and 52 people guessed correctly. We are so thankful to our customers for being so generous.

“We decided to donate the money to the GV Health Children’s Ward because it’s a local organisation and we’re all about supporting locals, and of course it made sense to donate it to benefit children.”

And, in keeping in the spirit of the birth of a child, Emma and Martin are reminding customers to start thinking about Christmas, and get in early with orders to avoid disappointment when sharing the wonderful holiday with family and friends.

Emma and Martin said, “Now is the time to start getting prepared for your Christmas lunches and dinners and we have the best quality meats and smallgoods you will need to make it an unforgettable meal.

“With Christmas coming up fast, get in early to guarantee your best quality Christmas meats and beat the last minute Christmas rush.”

To start preparing your family filled, unforgettable Christmas meals now, visit Krueger’s Fine Meats and Smallgoods today at 22 Colliver Road, Shepparton or phone 5821 5414.


Choosing preference votes The Shepparton Adviser

Choosing preference votes

KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES… Better Local Government Association president, Gordon Hamilton is inviting candidates for the Greater Shepparton City Council councillor elections to attend the Council Candidate Forum to be held this Thursday. Photo: Emma Hillier.

CAMPAIGNING is underway for the Greater Shepparton City Council elections and the Better Local Government Association (BLGA) is eager to encourage people to attend their forum.

Candidates for Greater Shepparton City Council’s councillor elections will be attending the BLGA’s ‘Council Candidate Forum’ to share their vision for Greater Shepparton and to learn more about their potential team members.

BLGA president, Gordon Hamilton said, “Preferences will play a huge part in these elections and this meeting will be an excellent opportunity for candidates to share their thoughts and to network among peers.

“Preferences close on September 23 and this meeting will be a great opportunity for candidates to decide who they’d like to preference and who they’d like to be preferenced by.”

The Council Candidate Forum will be held Thursday, September 22 from 7:30pm at the GV Hotel, High Street, Shepparton. For further details contact Gordon directly on 0427 353 265.

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