Opinion

Community spirit always wins

By James Bennett

Last week did not lack in big news stories for Shepparton and the wider region as most of them were shrouded in controversy.

Victorian Deputy Premier and Education Minister James Merlino announce the design plans for the super school.

In doing so, he drew criticism from the community for quietly sneaking into Shepparton despite numerous calls to meet one-on-one with concerned parents.

The Nationals revealed the results of a community opinion poll asking how locals feel about the super school.

Unsurprisingly, it came back with high results of people against it.

Many farmers across the Shepparton region would have joined their fellow struggling farmers north of the boarder at Tocumwal.

The huge rally drew more than 1000 people in an attempt to remind the Federal and State governments farmers are being screwed over by the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Despite all of the controversy, if there is one shinning light we can all be thankful for is the community spirit that shone through on the weekend.

The Afghan community proudly displayed its culture, there was a big rubbish clean up in Toolamba, thousands attended the swap meet and others walked around the lake for charity.

Many people volunteered and all it took was a few hours out of their day for the betterment of the their community. It reminds us that even if people cannot agree on everything in Shepparton, there are still thousands who dedicate their time for all of us.

With the summer months drawing closer, it also means dry conditions for our farmers. Although the situation is far worse north of Shepparton, agriculture is still the backbone of our community.

Shepparton has wonderful community spirit and now is the time to remember our backbone.

We’ve helped our farmers before and we still need to continue to help them.

You can never predict the drought and Federal Water Resources Minister David Littleproud has proven why he has ‘Little to be proud of’.

There’s always light at the end of the tunnel, but for our farmers we don’t know what that light will be or when the tunnel ends.

And that’s worrying.