Sheed commissions homelessness review

By James Bennett

Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed has opened a review into homelessness in her electorate.

As reported by The News in July, she intends its to run during the next six months.

Leading the review is her media adviser Myles Peterson.

He will be in charge of examining the issues covering statistics, data and suggested causes and will liaise with not-for-profit groups and local, state and federal government agencies.

Ms Sheed said the review would provide more advocacy opportunities with the Victorian Government.

“To advocate effective policy in this area I am determined to get a much better understanding of the causes and potential solutions to homelessness,” Ms Sheed said.

“We've had a lot of successes to date — the hospital redevelopment, rail upgrades and education reform to name but a few.

“Over half-a-billion dollars is flowing into the Shepparton district from the state government.

“But we should be judged not only on the big picture, but how we treat our least fortunate. There are few less fortunate than those without a roof over their head or those forced into overcrowded or temporary accommodation,” Ms Sheed said.

The Shepparton seat has the highest number of homeless people in Victoria outside of metropolitan Melbourne.

Ms Sheed said she was keen to listen to the groups and organisations with extensive knowledge of homelessness in Shepparton.

Mr Peterson has worked in state and federal parliament including as a cabinet officer to the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet.

“Suzanna has demonstrated how effectively she can work with government to achieve effective outcomes for her electorate and I look forward to looking very closely at the issue locally to assist in a policy to take to government,” Mr Peterson said.

“We aim to arm her with informed policy to target that advocacy on the pressing issue of
homelessness in the Shepparton district.”


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