Marathon moment beckons for Team Johnno’s Run
Tomorrow I will run my first half marathon in Melbourne but if I had a choice I would be running for the hills and finding a good hiding place instead.
The news Shepparton police will have four full-time detectives investigating family violence by the end of the year must be welcomed.And it must be celebrated as a win for the community.But it is also a harrowing reminder of the epidemic that is sweeping the nation, Shepparton included.Every year our police alone respond to more than 1600 family violence instances across Shepparton. While violence can happen to both men and women, statistics show one woman is murdered in Australia every week by her current or former partner.Detective Senior Sergeant David Bowler said these new reforms would mean a dedicated team of detectives would investigate family violence.“It’s allowing us to make better informed decisions based on the reports we receive,” Det Sen Sgt Bowler said. “I hope to see we have better outcomes in the future, but it will take time.’’It is important to remember tackling family violence must not just fall on the shoulders of our police. We must tackle it together as a community and we must call it out when we see it. That is the only way it will stop. “If you look at the Crime Statistics Victoria stats Shepparton is still showing an increase,” Det Sen Sgt Bowler said.Statistics also show one in four women have experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner since the age of 15. These statistics don’t lie.But they need to change.And they need to change immediately.
Tonight, many readers will go home after a long day of work, crank up the heater, spend time with the family, watch the footy, order some take away and then sleep in a warm bed.
Supporting some of the most vulnerable in our society to thrive is essential in ensuring our community can prosper. National blindness and low vision not-for-profit charity Vision Australia visited the region yesterday as part of advocacy efforts to source ongoing funding for their radio services. The service gives people who are not only vision impaired the opportunity to experience the written word but also supports those from culturally diverse backgrounds to learn more about their local community and enables them to connect with their community in a more purposeful way. The Shepparton broadcasting operations are one of 10 AM/FM stations across Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and regional Victoria, with more than 700,000 people listening to the content produced across the country each year. Shepparton’s broadcast provides readings from the Shepparton News twice a day, followed by other local newspapers in the afternoon. Books, magazines and other printed resources and a variety of original programming is also produced from the Shepparton studio. Due to changes in the funding received by disability support organisations following the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Vision Australia needs to secure $700,000 per year from the Federal Government to ensure the future of the service. After 40 years of broadcasting nationwide and 19 years in Shepparton alone, the positives of this service cannot be ignored. Sharing written media is something we strongly support due to our presence in the local community. We need to ensure print is delivered to all who seek this form of news and the funding is once again provided by the Federal Government. Supporting the vulnerable to feel included in our community is vital and something we emphasise in our reporting everyday.
We join with the people of Tatura in lamenting the loss of its FoodWorks supermarket.
In recent years, people across the world are partaking in a new form of meditation.
Volunteer emergency service groups donate their time and skills to help the community.
It is disheartening to see a large number of tyres had been dumped along the side of the road in Shepparton earlier this week.
I don’t think I am alone when I say there is nothing quite so delicious as a wonderful storm.
The plight of refugees is a global problem, but it comes home to roost in our community.
NAIDOC Week is here again and it is worth remembering the important opportunity this annual cultural event offers to us all.
In the past, a number of methods have been used in television commercials to try and get a road safety message across.
In the mid-1950s there were only two places on the planet that had poker machines, Las Vegas and NSW.
A man was located with life-threatening injuries on the Murray Valley Highway in Cohuna. It is believed the incident happened about 6am but the man was unable to be revived and died at the scene. More to come
Homicide Squad detectives have charged an Echuca man with murder following the death of another man in Daltons Bridge near Cohuna yesterday. A 29-year-old Daltons Bridge man was located with life threatening injuries at an address on Easton Rd...
Emergency services are responding to a major collision on the Goulburn Valley Hwy near Gillespies Rd. The highway is closed in both directions and is under Victoria Police control. It will re-open when it is safe to do so. Drivers have been asked to...