Greater Shepparton is expected to play a significant role in the future growth and development of northern Victoria in terms of providing future employment, health, education, aged care, migrant, training and retail services as the regional population expands and demand for a range of services accelerates through demographic change factors.
Council used survey research to collect data from people in Shepparton and surrounding communities regarding their use of the current V/Line passenger rail services between Shepparton and Melbourne, their opinions about the current services and their preferred service times.
Conducted over a five week period between 14 March and 18 April 2014 to a sample size of 2,127 people, the survey used a combination of convenience and volunteer sampling. The report of these findings is now available for public viewing.
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Despite this Greater Shepparton, apart from investment for irrigation modernisation (which benefits the broader north of Victoria), funding to modernise the municipality has not over recent times received State funding (especially in the areas of transport and health) to support its strategic regional role and population growth outlook.
Join us as we lobby both sides of government with the aim of securing government support and investment for much needed projects that will have significant influence on our future prosperity.
The Make Shepparton Greater campaign will see specific activities that will collectively and individually promote the five projects that urgently require government investment.
Each project will feature different ways in which the community and stakeholders can get involved in telling both the Victorian Government and Opposition what we need to continue to make Greater Shepparton prosperous and a vibrant place to live, work, invest and visit.
An outstanding opportunity exists to transform Shepparton’s central business district (CBD) into a modern, lively and desirable retail and lifestyle precinct.
The sections of the Goulburn Valley Highway in and around Greater Shepparton can no longer adequately cater for the large and rising traffic volumes that use the highway daily.
Originally built as a temporary facility and following years without funding for improvements, the Shepparton Court is now out-dated, inadequate and unsafe.
Ageing infrastructure, inefficiencies in site configuration and capacity constraints all contribute to the need for a major redevelopment of GV Health’s Shepparton Campus.
Shepparton currently has only three passenger rail services to and from Melbourne each weekday, reduced to two services on weekends.
Tell us why you support construction of the Shepparton Bypass.
An outstanding opportunity exists to transform Shepparton’s central business district (CBD) into a modern, lively and desirable retail and lifestyle precinct. To achieve this, Greater Shepparton City Council has proposed a coordinated program of improvements known as the Shepparton CBD Revitalisation Project.
The Shepparton CBD Revitalisation Project consists of three major infrastructure projects as follows:
The Vaughan Street and Maude Street Redevelopment consists of four sub-projects. The first sub project, completed in December 2013, was the Vaughan Street – Corio Street to Maude Street Improvements. The remaining sub-projects; Maude and Vaughan Streets Bus Interchange, Maude Street – Vaughan Street to High Street Improvements and the Maude Street Mall Redevelopment, are yet to be completed.
All sub projects are largely concerned with improving the streetscape, parking and general amenity of each area. The Maude and Vaughan Streets Bus Interchange proposes a new bus interchange with public toilets, change rooms, a comfortable waiting area and easier access to buses for the disabled and elderly.
The position and layout of the Shepparton Railway Station sees it essentially turning its back on the Shepparton CBD. This creates a virtual barrier between the station and the CBD, reinforced by the lengthy walk from the station to the CBD and vice versa. The Shepparton Railway Station Precinct Development centres on constructing a pedestrian bridge to provide direct access between the Shepparton Railway Station and Vaughan Street in the CBD. This project also provides an opportunity to redevelop underutilised VicTrack land adjacent to the railway station.
Refer Redevelopment of the Shepparton Court Redevelopment.
The three projects all complement each other and are physically connected through the creation of a new direct pedestrian access from the Shepparton Railway Station to the Vaughan Street and Maude Street shopping precincts and on to the proposed court precinct development.
Completion of the Shepparton CBD Revitalisation Project will:
The Goulburn Valley Highway is an integral transport route. It connects the Goulburn Valley region with Melbourne and forms a vital link in the national highway system between Melbourne and Brisbane. The Goulburn Valley Highway also joins Melbourne and central Victoria with inland New South Wales and Queensland.
As a designated B-double transport capacity road, the Goulburn Valley Highway is critical to the region’s fruit, dairy and viticulture industries, which all depend on a direct, high grade and safe road network to transport their products efficiently.
The sections of the Goulburn Valley Highway in and around Greater Shepparton can no longer adequately cater for the large and rising traffic volumes that use the highway daily. Traffic increases, combined with the high truck accident rate, have resulted in a road that presents a risk to the community.
The Goulburn Valley Highway’s current route through the very centre of Shepparton poses a significant safety risk not only to highway users, but also to the many business owners and shoppers in the shopping strips along the highway and the residents whose homes are adjacent to the highway. It is illogical that in the 21st century heavy vehicles continue to pass through the centre of a major regional city.
Up to 20 per cent of the traffic that passes through Shepparton’s urban area is heavy vehicles. It is not only the sheer sizes of the vehicles passing through the urban centre that create the potential for an accident of catastrophic proportions, but also the hazardous materials some of these vehicles carry.
These issues apply equally to the alternate heavy vehicle route located to the east of Shepparton’s urban centre. The alternate heavy vehicle route is a local single lane road with a very high accident history. It has a number of cross roads, creating an ongoing dangerous situation for both the local and school traffic along its route. The alternate heavy vehicle route is unacceptable as an alternative to the Goulburn Valley Highway through Shepparton for heavy traffic use.
With the opening of the nearby Nagambie Bypass in April 2013, construction of the 32.8 kilometre Shepparton Bypass is the next logical step in creating a safer and more efficient transport route through the centre of Victoria and into New South Wales. The Shepparton Bypass also provides an additional east-west crossing of the Goulburn River, reducing the impacts of heavy vehicles on the Central Business District.
The planning study to determine the alignment of the Goulburn Valley Highway Shepparton Bypass began as far back as 1995, with the bypass’s boundaries finalised and incorporated into the Greater Shepparton Planning Scheme back in late 2006. Greater Shepparton City Council is currently waiting for VicRoads and the Federal Government to determine a program for construction of the Goulburn Valley Highway Shepparton Bypass.
Construction of the Goulburn Valley Highway Shepparton Bypass will:
The Shepparton Court is the judicial headquarters for Victoria’s Hume Region, providing services for a range of jurisdictions including the Magistrates Court, Supreme Court, County Court and Federal Magistrates Court. The Shepparton Court currently provides 50 per cent of all court services delivered in the Hume Region.
Originally built as a temporary facility and following years without funding for improvements, the Shepparton Court is now out-dated, inadequate and unsafe. Discreet areas, interview rooms, court rooms, security and prisoner transfer are all inadequate for the modern day demands placed on the existing Shepparton Court. Issues relating to public safety, privacy, accessibility, overcrowding and separation of offenders, jury panels and other parties are ever present.
Prisoner movement from the adjacent Shepparton Police Station to the court requires prisoners be transported along a walkway which is shared with judges, magistrates and staff. Prisoners being taken into courts two and three must traverse through court one, into the public foyer and then into the respective courtroom using the public entry. There is also no privacy or security for witnesses entering and exiting the remote witness room with witnesses forced to walk through the public waiting room, often coming face to face with the person they are being kept apart from. Security and safety for court users and staff is severely compromised and not at an acceptable level.
Current legislation requires the Children’s Court be separate from other court business, unless by Order of the Governor in Council. The existing Shepparton Court is unable to provide this separation and would be in breach had this exemption not been applied in 1992.
Due to the court’s poor facilities, the Family Court refuses to sit in Shepparton and the Federal Magistrate’s Court will not sit in Shepparton during periods of extreme heat. The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has to delay hearings in Shepparton because of a lack of space at the court; thus, creating a significant backlog of cases. There is also no capacity to provide therapeutic justice programs at the Shepparton Court due to space constraints.
The Shepparton Court’s deteriorating condition severely impacts its ability to deliver a socially acceptable judicial service to the community and inhibits the community’s access to the legal process. Residents often have to incur the expense and inconvenience of travelling to other locations for court services, during what is often a traumatic time.
Construction of a new purpose built Shepparton Court will:
Goulburn Valley Health’s (GV Health) Shepparton Campus is a 266 bed acute and extended care facility providing surgical, medical, paediatric, obstetrics, gynaecology, intensive care and psychiatry services.
A number of non-admitted / sub-acute services operate from the Shepparton Campus including emergency, outpatients, Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP) disease management and sub-acute ambulatory care. The Shepparton Campus also provides a range of community programs.
GV Health’s Shepparton Campus is a major hub for health care in northern Victoria and without redevelopment will seriously compromise health service delivery capacity in the region. As a Regional Public Health Service, the campus provides services to a broad regional catchment of approximately 230,000 people. The campus serves the health needs of both residents and visitors in Greater Shepparton, as well as those in the surrounding Moira, Campaspe, Strathbogie and southern New South Wales municipalities.
Ageing infrastructure, inefficiencies in site configuration and difficulties meeting customer demand due to capacity constraints, particularly in theatre and emergency, all contribute to the need for a major redevelopment of GV Health’s Shepparton Campus in order to provide appropriate services to the community. The proposed redevelopment will address current conditions and configuration of the hospital’s clinical care areas, inpatient accommodation and essential infrastructure services.
Priorities for the redevelopment include:
expansion of theatre capacity to five theatres along with expanded day theatre capacity, associated recovery and instrument sterilising capability;
expansion and reconfiguration of the emergency department to meet growth in demand and closer proximity of imaging services to improve patient flow;
redevelopment and expansion of the intensive care unit and facilities for specialist outpatient, dialysis, pharmacy, clinical support and mental health services;
expanded medical and surgical bed capacity to meet current and future demand; and
development of consultation and treatment capacity for new and expanded services including radiotherapy, palliative care, a women’s health centre, cardiac catheterisation and community health and wellbeing services.
Central to these developments is the need for:
replacement and upgrade of essential infrastructure such as air conditioning and engineering plant, not only to meet current demand, but to support future demand and growth;
upgrade and expansion of information technology infrastructure and information systems to replace end of life systems and support contemporary clinical practice; and
enhanced capacity for teaching and student placement in keeping with GV Health’s role as a teaching hospital;
Preliminary plans are already in place for much of the proposed works with detailed design, costing and staging of the development to be confirmed through GV Health’s master planning process.
Redevelopment of GV Health’s Shepparton Campus will:
Shepparton currently has only three passenger rail services to and from Melbourne each weekday, reduced to two services on weekends. Whilst V/Line operates a further three bus services to and from Melbourne each weekday, all connecting with trains at Seymour, the bus services are grossly inadequate.
The buses have very limited capacity, are often crowded and some don’t even have wheelchair access. Even with wheelchair access, access to the buses is still difficult for the disabled and elderly, compounded by the challenge of changing between the bus and train at Seymour.
There is no Travellers Aid type service at Seymour Railway Station to assist the disabled or elderly to navigate the stairs or long ramp that passengers must use to connect between the bus and the train. The bus services also take significantly longer than rail, adding at least an extra 30 minutes to an already long journey.
In addition to minimal services, Shepparton travellers are subjected to poor timetabling with the first service to Melbourne on weekdays not arriving at Southern Cross Station until 9.10 am, making it impossible for business travellers and tertiary students to arrive at their city destinations in time for the start of the business or school day.
This poor timetabling also restricts employees of Greater Shepparton’s businesses, organisations and government agencies from accessing valuable education, training and professional development opportunities offered in Melbourne.
Convenient and cost effective passenger rail services are critical to the social wellbeing and health of regional and rural communities. For many regional residents rail travel is the primary mode of transport to access specialist medical and dental services only available in Melbourne. Greater Shepparton also has a large, recently arrived migrant and refugee population, many of whom rely on public transport to connect with family members and access specialist support services in the city.
The residents of Greater Shepparton are not the only ones affected by the lack of passenger rail services between Shepparton and Melbourne and the poor timetabling of these services. The residents of surrounding regions including the Moira, Campaspe, Strathbogie and southern New South Wales municipalities who connect with the rail services between Shepparton and Melbourne are also impacted.
The lack of passenger rail services and poor timetabling also prevents Greater Shepparton from relieving the increasing population density issues in metropolitan Melbourne. If Greater Shepparton is to attract people to relocate to the region in order to relieve pressure on metropolitan infrastructure then more regular passenger rail services to and from Melbourne and more convenient timetabling are essential.
Increase the frequency of passenger rail services from Shepparton to Melbourne and vice versa as per the following options, with options two and three being the preferred options:
Extend one morning and one afternoon Seymour service to Shepparton.
Indicative cost: $1 million.
Enable a five train daily return Shepparton service using existing rolling stock. V/Line purchases six additional V/Locity diesel rail cars on the existing contract to release an additional loco hauled train.
Indicative cost: $33.44 million.
Enable a five train daily return Shepparton service with faster V/Locity trains. V/Line purchases a further nine V/Locity cars. Additional network upgrades are required.
Indicative cost: $87.5 million.
Source: Shepparton Passenger Rail Improvements, November 2013. Compiled by GHD.
Improve the timetabling of passenger rail services from Shepparton to Melbourne and vice versa as per the following proposed timetable:
|To Melbourne||From Melbourne|
|Depart Shepparton||Arrive Melbourne||Depart Melbourne||Arrive Shepparton|
|5.15 am||8.00 am||6.20 am||8.45 am|
|6.30 am||9.10 am||9.50 am||12.20 pm|
|12.50 pm||3.30 pm||3.30 pm||6.00 pm|
|3.40 pm||6.20 pm||4.30 pm||7.25 pm|
|6.40 pm||9.10 pm||6.30 pm||8.55 pm|
|7.00 am||9.30 am||7.50 am||9.20 am|
|9.50 am||12.10 pm||9.30 am||12.00 noon|
|1.00 pm||3.30 pm||12.50 pm||3.20 pm|
|4.00 pm||6.30 pm||3.30 pm||6.00 pm|
|6.40 pm||9.10 pm||6.30 pm||9.00 pm|
Increasing the frequency of passenger rail services between Shepparton and Melbourne and improving timetabling will:
The information contained in this document is correct as at the date of publication; however, is subject to change.