Shepparton Leaders’ Edge Lunch: Community Transformation

Mon 19 Mar 2018
12.30pm to 2.00pm





Carrillo Gantner AO

Carrillo Gantner AO

Director, Shepparton Art Museum Foundation
Carrillo is Chairman, The Sidney Myer Fund. He has a BA Melbourne University, Master Fine Arts (Drama) Stanford, and Graduate Diploma Arts Administration, Harvard. Drama Officer, Australia Council for Arts (1970-1973). GM, Melbourne Theatre Company (1973-1975); founding Executive & Artistic Director, Playbox Theatre Company (1976-1984) & (1988-1993); Counsellor (Cultural), Australian Embassy Beijing (1985-1987); Chairman, Performing Arts Board and member Australia Council (1990-1993); Chairman, Asialink (1992-2006); Chairman, Melbourne International Comedy Festival (1994-2000); President, Victorian Arts Centre Trust (2000-2009). President, Melbourne Festival (2010 - 2013). Awarded Order of Australia 2001 for services to arts and cultural exchange with Asia. 2007 Victorian of the Year.
Sam Birrell

Sam Birrell

Chief Executive Officer, Committee for Greater Shepparton
Sam graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor Applied Science (Agriculture) in 2003. He worked as a horticultural agronomist in the Goulburn Valley, and from 2008 to 2016, was agronomist with global micro irrigation pioneers Netafim, in which capacity he worked across Australia and New Zealand. In March 2016 Sam was appointed CEO of the Committee for Greater Shepparton. He graduated from the Fairley Leadership program in 2013, and in 2017 graduated with an M.B.A from La Trobe University. He is chair of Goulburn Murray Community Leadership board (which runs the Fairley Leadership program) and chair the Latrobe University Shepparton campus regional advisory board.
Suzanna Sheed MP

Suzanna Sheed MP

Independent State Member of Parliament, District of Shepparton

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.

Do you know what’s on the horizon for your region?

Shepparton is undergoing a revitalisation of its region in order to boost the economy and attract new investment. Join us to hear about the proposed changes for the region, with Suzanna Sheed MP (Independent State Member of Parliament, District of Shepparton) and Carrillo Gantner (Director of Shepparton Art Museum).

Contact details

Veronica Mansueto
M&D Events Coordinator
T. 03 9245 4200