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About Shepparton in Victoria, Australia

Shepparton is a city situated on the floodplain of the Goulburn River in northern Victoria, Australia, approximately 181 kilometers (112 mi) north-northeast of Melbourne. In June 2016, the approximated city population of Shepparton, including Mooroopna, was 50,198.

It started as a sheep station and river crossing in the mid-19th century, before undergoing a significant change as a train town. Today it is an agricultural and production center, and the center of the Goulburn Valley watering system, among the largest centers of irrigation in Australia. It is likewise a major regional service city and the seat of city government and civic administration for the City of Greater Shepparton, that includes the surrounding towns of Tatura, Merrigum, Mooroopna, Murchison, Dookie,

Toolamba and Grahamvale.

The name of Shepparton is stemmed from the surname of one of the area’s first European settlers, Sherbourne Sheppard, and not, as is in some cases imagined, from Shepperton, England.

Before the white settlement of Australia, the area was inhabited by the Yorta Yorta, an indigenous Australian individual generally occupying the land around the junction of the Goulburn and Murray Rivers in present-day northern Victoria and southern New South Wales. The Yorta tribe which populated the Shepparton location were called the Kailtheban.

Surveyor General Thomas Mitchell was the first European to be tape-recorded traveling through the area, crossing the Goulburn River in 1836 on his go back to Sydney from exploration to survey the Darling River and its tributaries. [citation required] On Mitchell’s recommendation, [citation needed] Joseph Hawdon and Charles Bonney would follow 2 years later on, outdoor camping on the town site by the Goulburn River in 1838 while driving cattle from Albury to Adelaide.

The very first long-term settlement in the location was the “Tallygaroopna” sheep station, established in the early 1840s. By 1843 the station was being run by a guy called Sherbourne Sheppard, the town’s final name. With the development of the Victorian gold rush in the 1850s, the location ended up being a favorite river crossing point for miners traveling east from the Bendigo and Ballarat goldfields. As there was yet no bridge across the Goulburn River, Irish business owner Patrick Macguire quickly established a punt service to ferry travelers across the river, erecting the town’s first structure in the process, the punt-house. Macguire sold the building to John Hill in 1853, who transformed it into a hotel, the Emu Bush Inn. This settlement soon ended up being known as Macguire’s Punt, a name it would keep into the 1870s. A post office opened in February 1854 but closed in July that very same year.

The settlement was first surveyed in 1855. By this time, in addition to Macguire’s Punt, it had actually also ended up being known as Sheppard town, Shepparton, and Shepparton. The post office resumed in May 1858, and two years later the Governor of Victoria formally declared Shepparton an area on 24 September 1860. It stayed a small settlement of a half-dozen structures into the 1870s regardless of adding a police headquarters, a general store, a blacksmith, a store, and a public hall which remains the city’s earliest structure. Shepparton’s very first bridge over the Goulburn River was finished in 1878 and called Dainton’s Bridge after James Henry Dainton, the bridge’s primary engineer. The very first church, St. Patrick’s, opened in 1879.

The train from Seymour reached the town in 1880. A mechanics institute opened between 1880 and 1888 as Shepparton quickly became a major manufacturing and service center.

During the Victorian railway boom the railways expanded, and by the turn of the century, Shepparton was central to a comprehensive network of local branch lines on the Toolamba– Echuca railway line– lines causing Cobram, Nathalia, Dookie, Picola, and Katamatite. Rail-served industries assisted Shepparton to become a city. While these lines experienced a brief boom, almost all of them would come later on close. The Goulburn River also established as a secondary transport hub, with paddle cleaners and ferryboats running at The Barges.

In the post-war period, the city’s population practically tripled, with immigration to the town becoming a healthy aspect, central migrants from Italy. Throughout the post-war boom of the 1960s and ’70s, successive local councils began a progressive campaign to improve the city, and numerous older structures were replaced with newer buildings.

Shepparton has a semi-arid climate, with hot summer seasons and cold winters. The most popular summertime is January when the typical maximum temperature level is 31.8 ° C (89.2 ° F). In the winter season, the weather ends up being coldest in July when the minimum averages 3.4 ° C (38.1 ° F) and the optimum gets to 13.2 ° C (55.8 ° F). On 7 February 2009, an optimum of 46.1 ° C (115.0 ° F) was recorded in the city.

Although the rainfall in Shepparton is relatively sporadic, winter season sees the most rain days. The rain does not get too heavy throughout the year. Even with the wettest month remaining in November, the rainfall still averages at 50.1 millimeters (1.97 in). The driest month regarding rainfall and rain days in January, which gets approximately 27.5 millimeters (1.08 in) over 4.6 days. The typical wind speed in Shepparton is 4.03 meters per second. [17]

The Maude Street Mall

The Maude Street Mall is the city’s primary shopping center, while Wyndham Street is the principal civic and commercial street. Located off the Maude Street Mall is a 76-meter (249 feet) tall communications tower, set up 1967– 68, with an observation deck at 35 m (115 feet) accessible through 160-step stairs. The observation deck uses views over the city and surrounding countryside.


Shepparton has 3 neighboring towns which could be considered residential areas. They are Mooroopna to the west, Kialla (and Kialla Lakes house and land subdivision) to the south, and Shepparton East to the east. Close by, in the northeast, also lies the region of Grahamvale.



Shepparton’s primary markets are agriculture and associated manufacturing. Australia’s biggest processor of canned fruits, SPC Ardmona, a wholly owned subsidiary of Coca-Cola Amatil, has production facilities in Shepparton and nearby Kyabram. Seasonal fruits, such as peaches, pears, and apricots are preserved into a variety of packaging. The


Production market has actually progressed to accommodate the requirements of main local producers.

Other major makers in the city include Campbells Soup Company, Pactum Dairy, and Pental.

  1. Furphy & Sons is likewise a large company, with around 130 personnel, including 10 apprentices making stainless-steel tanks and pressure vessels.

Shepparton is a major regional business and shopping mall and service economy for the Greater Shepparton area.

Shepparton is a substantial center for infrastructure and civic services. Most of the area’s emergency situation action facilities are located there. The administrative headquarters for the Country Fire Authority (CFA) District 22 and among just two Independent Rescue Agencies in Victoria are located in Shepparton. The Search and Rescue Squad initially began as a “Dive and Recovery Unit” recovering lost residential or commercial property and persons from the rivers, lakes, and waterways in the region. [citation required]

Arts and culture

The city hosts the Moooving Art project, which involves regional artists painting fiberglass cows, which are then displayed in traveler places throughout the city and surrounding townships. [18] The project is an artistic representation of the strong dairy market common in the

Shepparton area.


Kidstown is Located between Shepparton and Mooroopna, it has two giant slides, a 35-meter (115 feet) flying fox and a train that goes right around the playground.

The city is home to a large swimming center called Aquamoves, [19] two carrying out arts centers, one in Mooroopna called WestSide, due to its geographical place and the other the Eastbank Centre located in Shepparton (which houses the centers’ ticket office). Jointly the centers are called Riverlinks Venues”.

Shepparton is also home of the Shepparton Art Museum, more typically referred to as SAM. SAM houses the world’s most significant collection of Australian ceramics, [citation required] and is the home of the biennial Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award and the Indigenous Ceramic Art Award. The museum includes the surrealist sculpture Woman and Child by artist Sam Jinks.

Shepparton is likewise the home of the Shepparton Theatre Arts Group (STAG), the city’s leading theatrical group. STAG was formed in 1975 after an amalgamation in between the Shepparton Dramatic Society and the Shepparton Light Music Company. The group provides one dramatic/comedic play, one musical and one rock revue each year. The Goulburn Valley Concert Orchestra, a community chamber orchestra, offers a major annual performance and a series of cafe concerts every year.


Association Football is popular in Shepparton with 4 senior clubs entering teams into competitions run by the North Eastern Soccer League; Shepparton (formerly Lemnos), Shepparton South and Shepparton United Teams are introduced in men’s, ladies, boys’ and ladies’ departments.  Shepparton is also home to the Goulburn Valley Suns Football Club. The soccer club was established in 2013 and presently contends in the National Premier Leagues.

Australian Rules Football is likewise popular in Shepparton. The first league, called the Goulburn Valley Football League (GVFL), includes 3 groups from the city. There are also other smaller sized leagues, such as the Murray Football League, Kyabram & District Football League and the Picola & District Football League which have groups from in and around Greater Shepparton. There is likewise a junior league in the schools (SDJFA). The city plays an essential function in a team where the Australian Football League (AFL) often scouts for new talents to AFL clubs, which is the Murray.


Basketball is another preferred sport of Shepparton. The Shepparton Lady Gators represent the Shepparton and Mooroopna region in women’s basketball playing in the Big V division two competitors. The men’s team has actually gone into a prolonged recess after being one of the most successful country-based basketball groups in Australia, winning the CVIBL title in 1994 and 2000, 2001 and 2003 Huge V Championship ABA titles under the tutelage of Russell Parker. In 2011 the men’s team went back to the court in the national basketball league. They attained success in 2015 winning a BIG V champion under the captaincy of leading scorer Matt.




Cycling is popular in Shepparton due to the flat terrain and a substantial network of paths. The Goulburn Valley Hospice runs the yearly Shepparton Fruit Loop Ride for bicyclists. There is a velodrome center situated in the city’s north and a first-rate BMX track as well as an extensive series of bike courses throughout the city and surrounding areas.

Shepparton Harness Racing Club carries out routine meetings at its racetrack in the city.

The Shepparton Greyhound Racing Club holds regular conferences at its track on the Goulburn Valley Highway, Kialla.

Golf players play at the course of the Shepparton Golf Club on Golf Drive.

Shepparton is the home of the Goulburn Valley Hockey Association. Hockey, while not having as high a following in previous years, still has stiff competition.


The Shepparton field was resurfaced in 2015 with works to commence on a second field quickly. The Goulburn Valley Hockey Association fields males, females and junior groups from the Shepparton Strikers, Shepparton Youth Club, Mooroopna, Benalla, Echuca, and Euroa. The Hockey Association likewise features in State Hockey Championships for males and females at both Senior and Masters competitions and also supply groups for the Junior Country Championships.



The Royal Australian Navy has actually named two warships HMAS Shepparton after the city, and the 8th/7th Battalion of the Royal Victoria Program has a base in the city’s southeast.



Shepparton has Victoria’s second-biggest Aboriginal neighborhood after Melbourne, comprising around 10% of the city’s population. The concentration of Native Australians is the 2nd biggest of any Victorian town (Mildura 11.6%) and is 4 times the national average (2.5%). Shepparton has a significant immigrant community, with people from places such as India, Albania, Afghanistan, Iraq, Greece, Italy, Sudan, Macedonia, China in addition to many other locations.

Religious beliefs

The dominant faith in Shepparton is Christianity. In the 2011 census, The most typical actions for religious beliefs in Shepparton were Catholic 27.2%, No Religion 19.4%, Anglican 13.2%, Islam 8.2% and Uniting Church 7.1%. In the Shepparton district, figures were somewhat various. The most common responses for religious beliefs in the area were Catholic 27.7%, No Faith 20.2%, Anglican 14.7%, Uniting Church 8.4%, and Islam 4.9%.


Further info: City of Greater Shepparton

Shepparton is the seat of local government and administrative center for the City of Greater Shepparton Local Government Location. The council was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the City of Shepparton, Shire of Shepparton, and parts of the Shire of Rodney, Shire of Euroa, Shire of Goulburn, Shire of Tungamah, Shire of Violet Town and Shire of Waranga. The council office complex is located at 90 Welsford Street, and the council satisfies in the Chambers there. The council includes 7 councilors, elected as soon as every 4 years by postal ballot.

In state politics, Shepparton is located in the Legislative Assembly district of Shepparton which had actually been safely held by the National/Country Party because the seat was produced in 1945. In the Victorian state election, 2014, Independent prospect Suzanna Sheed won the seat.

In federal politics, Shepparton is located in a single House of Representatives division– the Department of Murray. The Division has been a safe Union seat considering that its creation in 1949 and was the seat of John McEwen, 18th Prime Minister of Australia.

Police are managed from regional police headquarters in Welsford Street. It is one of 2 police headquarters in the urban area, with the second at Mooroopna and administers stations in several surrounding towns in the LGA. Justice is performed at the Shepparton Courts complex at 14 High Street, a multi-jurisdictional center that includes a Magistrates’ Court, County Court, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) and Coroners Court. Corrections are handled locally at the Community Correctional Centre on Wyndham Street.

Public safety and emergency services are provided by some state-funded companies consisting of regional volunteer-based companies. Storms and flooding are managed by the State Emergency Situation Service (SES). Bushfires are dealt with by the Country Fire Authority.



Shepparton has many primary schools, such as state schools Bourchier Street Primary, Gowrie Street Main, Guthrie Street Primary, St Georges Road Primary School, Grahamvale Primary, Kialla West Main, Kialla Primary, Wilmot Road Main, Shepparton East Primary and Orrvale Main. Catholic primary schools consist of St. Brendan’s, St. Mel’s and St. Lukes. It also has a school catering for students with disabilities, called.


Verney Roadway School.

There are 6 secondary schools in the Shepparton Region: Mooroopna Secondary College; McGuire College; Shepparton High School; Wanganui Park Secondary College; the Catholic Notre Dame College; the personal.


Goulburn Valley Grade School.


The University of Melbourne’s School of Rural Health and Rural Clinical School of the Professors of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences are also based in Shepparton.


La Trobe University also has a campus offering a series of degree programs consisting of Arts, Business/Commerce, Nursing/Health Sciences, and Education. Approximately 400 trainees attend the university which supplies day, evening, part-time, and full-time study options.

Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE has 2 campuses, one in Fryers Street which hosts the company’s administration department in addition to lots of teaching departments, and the William Orr Campus, a 120-hectare property in Wanganui Roadway.


Shepparton station and items lawn

The city lies at the junction of the Midland Highway and the Goulburn Valley Highway, the latter which is being gradually converted to highway standard. The Peter Ross-Edwards Causeway links Shepparton to


V/Line runs bus coach services to Wangaratta, Bendigo, and Griffith, New South Wales. Committed bus service to Shepparton from Melbourne Airport is likewise run twice day-to-day going through Seymour and Nagambie.

Shepparton railway station is serviced by V/Line rail services on the Shepparton line to and from Melbourne and to Mooroopna train station.

Shepparton Airport, located south of the city on the Goulburn Valley Highway and is home to Gawne Air travel. Shepparton also has buses that playing around the residential areas and Mooroopna.

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