Suzanna Sheed is the Independent State Member of Parliament for the Shepparton District, elected after a short, but hugely successful, grass roots campaign in 2014.
Suzanna was raised on a farm at Jerilderie, one of five siblings.
She attended boarding school in Melbourne and went on to study law at Melbourne University.
She has raised two children in Shepparton and practised law in the town for more than 30 years.
An active member of the community Suzanna decided to run for State Parliament after becoming increasingly frustrated with the major parties and their lack of investment in the region.
The campaign slogan, Stand Up, It’s Our Turn, resonated strongly with voters and caused the upset of the state election, turning the once safe seat into a marginal one.
Suzanna is now working hard on her major policy platforms including securing investment in transport infrastructure (rail and road), improving access to quality health and education facilities and addressing the high level of youth unemployment.
Since being elected, she has secured $168.5 million for the redevelopment for Goulburn Valley Health. She is now chair of the Community Advisory Group and this year the hospital turned the sod on stage one of the redevelopment.
Suzanna has also achieved significant investment in transport infrastructure, including $43.5 million for improved rail connectivity and $10.5 million towards a Shepparton Bypass route.
Education in the electorate has also been brought to the fore, with $1 million allocated to the development of a Shepparton Education Plan, which will transform schooling in the region for children from birth to 18 years.
She is also chair of the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District Water Leadership Forum, formed after Suzanna, together with the Committee for Greater Shepparton and the Greater Shepparton City Council, held a water summit, which truly highlighted the concerns in the community that their voice was not being heard in relation to the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
The Water Leadership Forum has since commissioned a socio economic impact report, released in October 2016, which reflects these concerns. Suzanna is now advocating for urgent change in the Basin Plan.