We're with you
Messages of support for the people of Shepparton have been flowing in from across the country amid the city’s current COVID-19 outbreak.
The Goulburn Valley is now receiving the support and attention it needs to get through having thousands of people quarantined in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. We are also in the hearts and minds of so many people who have sent messages of support to our community.
Gavan Gribble — Son of longstanding Shepparton councillor Les Gribble and wife Georgie.
Of course I am particularly concerned about friends and the Goulburn Valley community at large during this very difficult time. Nonetheless I am sure that Shepp’s resilience will come through and help overcome what is a most awkward and concerning time. I now live in Coffs Harbour, so, don’t get home as much as I used to, nonetheless Shepp and the Goulburn Valley are an essential part of my life. Will and Jo Crothers — Will and his brother owned the old Midland Milk and was active in the supermarket milk wars. Jo is former Premier John Cain’s daughter.
We are thinking of everyone in Shepparton and the broader Goulburn Valley as you are attacked by the COVID virus. We know you are resilient and confront adversity with a united community approach so we have faith that you will succeed. We send our best wishes to you all. Stay safe and strong during this challenging time.
Chris Eddy — former Shepparton WIN TV and radio personality now based in Lara near Geelong working as an administrator for the City of Whittlesea.
Thinking of family and friends in Shepparton during this challenging time and sending positive thoughts. Stay strong — get vaccinated —
and looking forward to seeing you on the other side.
Ryan Meeking — musician and songwriter living in Melbourne.
Stay well everyone and focus on the things you CAN control. Make a plan now to set yourself up with something you can do, no matter how heavy things get. Then get going on it with everything you’ve got. Bill Jaboor — former City of Greater Shepparton chief executive and current chairman of Victorian Legal Aid.
My family and I are particularly concerned about our friends and the Goulburn Valley community during this very difficult time. Our thoughts are with the many people who are in quarantine and managing the impacts of this recent outbreak. I am sure the resilience that the community is well known for will be a great asset. I recently spent time in the VLA office in Shepp and was very impressed by the town’s appearance and the fantastic new facilities. I look forward to Shepp safely emerging from lockdown and being able to join you again in enjoying the amenities and spirit of one of my most favourite parts of Victoria.
Laitham Vandermeer — AFL player with the Western Bulldogs who grew up in Mooroopna.
I’m thinking of everyone back home who are doing it tough. Hopefully us playing footy can bring some joy to everyone watching on.
Rob Robson — former Eastbank manager, school teacher, theatre director and president of Shepparton Theatre Arts Group. He and his wife Maxine now live in Warragul.
Though we are now many miles away, our dear Shepp friends are in our thoughts. We hear about your crisis and worry about you all. How are you coping? How will you manage this? But Shepp has a superpower. We know from our own lives there, how well its people look out for each other. We feel sure the strength and connectedness of its wonderful community will once again be the thing that brings you through this. Even in isolation from each other, you are all connected in a community that cares. We send all our love and care.
Rob Harris — Rob is a former Shepparton News sports editor. He is now national affairs editor for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.
There’s no other town in the world like Shepparton and that renowned community spirit will pull everyone through this latest challenge. Stay safe, stay home if you can and support each other in every way you can. Rest assured we’ve all got your back and hopefully we will all be standing in the outer at Deakin Reserve again soon on a Saturday afternoon.
Adam Thompson — former lead singer of the 90s hit band Chocolate Starfish. He is still performing across Australia with his own band.
Goulburn Valley you are on my mind. As one of your sons, if you hurt I feel it too. I offer you a familiar lyrical metaphor from our 1994 song Mountain to ponder. Mountains appear strong but it’ sa facade that will crumble if it tries too hard to appear strong. I subtly challenge you in these crazy times to be vulnerable. Reach out with compassion to each other and be the river and flow together. When we flow together the river will reach its destiny. A river does not differentiate between my water or your water, it is water. Sometimes the stream is dirty, sometimes, clear, sometimes polluted and ill. It can be raging and dangerous but also shallow and insignificant. Yet in every circumstance, it is still a river. It builds momentum and strength by accepting that every drop, no matter where it originates from, contributes to its power and sustainability. We will make beautiful music together again. Soon!
Margie and I send our best wishes to all in Shepparton and the surrounding region who are now suffering a direct attack from the horrible COVID virus.
My family have been in the region for over 125 years and I spent a large part of my life there until moving to Melbourne 32 years ago. Shepparton is in my DNA and we still have many family members and friends living in the region. Such is the strength of the friendships forged in Shepparton that we still retain a strong relationship with former Shepparton friends who live in Melbourne.
We all have our attention focused on the ever-worsening news coming out of Shepparton. Having gone through numerous lockdowns in Melbourne we can empathise with what you are now having to endure.
Try to keep your spirits up, exercise, do jobs around the house, contact others who might be lonely or less fortunate than yourself.
Take comfort in that we may not be with you in body but are with you in our thoughts.